After twenty-seven years in private practice and the completion of her B.S. degree, Ms. Garcia began her teaching career at the University as a part-time clinical instructor in Radiology and Second Year Clinic. Her responsibilities then increased to teaching Pharmacology, Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy, Dental Hygiene Internship, Public Health and Contemporary Dental Hygiene Practice. Currently she teaches Leadership, Evidence-Based Research and Program Development and Management on the Master’s level. She joined the full-time faculty in 2003 as Community Rotation Coordinator and was appointed to coordinate the B.S. degree completion and M.S.D.H. online programs.
She was elected into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and was included on the National Dean’s List in Spring 2002. Spring 2010 she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She completed her MS degree in 2004 and Ed.D. in 2011 both at the University of Bridgeport. Wendy was one of the first dental hygienists certified to administer local anesthesia in the State of Connecticut and co-teaches the CE course for R.D.H.’s.
Ms. Garcia’s professional affiliations include the American Dental Educators Association, International Federation of Dental Hygienists, American Academy of Dental Hygiene, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, and local component associations. She has been active in numerous positions in the Association and is a Past President of CDHA 2004-2005.