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O
nce a practicing dentist, Martha Forero found her true
passion as an oral-health educator through MCC's Dental
Hygiene Program.
"My mission is to promote oral health, prevent dental disease, and
educate the public," said Forero, who graduated from the Dental
Hygiene Program in 2007.
After practicing as a pediatric dentist in her native country of
Colombia, Forero discovered dental hygiene gives her a
completely different perspective. "Dentistry involves a lot of
restorative work for damage that has already been done," she
said. "But dental hygiene is mostly preventive, and preventing the
damage in the first place should be the goal of good dentistry."
Forero's academic journey is highly unconventional. After
earning her dental degree and practicing with a children's hospital
in Colombia, she decided to further her education. Forero set her
sights on Canada, but ultimately ended up at the University of
Michigan Ann Arbor, where she received her master's degree in
pediatric dentistry.
However, Forero never pursued a license to practice in the U.S.
Instead, she moved to Turkey with her husband. While there,
she worked with a private pediatric dental practice. Six years later,
Forero, her husband and their young daughter relocated back to
the U.S., settling in Massachusetts.
"I didn't know how long we were going to be here," she said. "My
daughter was young and I wanted to experience being a mother.
I wasn't looking for more titles, I wanted to stay connected with
dentistry, even though I couldn't practice," she said. "So I enrolled
in the Dental Hygiene Program at Middlesex and it completely
opened my world.
"The time I spent at Middlesex showed me that with a dental
hygiene degree I could go in many different directions in my
career, and MCC prepared me for all of them," she said. "But
there was no course at MCC that was a piece of cake, even
with my previous education," she added.
Forero currently works as a dental hygienist, an outreach
programs coordinator, and an oral-health educator in Andover
and Lawrence. Her position as a hygienist lends itself naturally
to educating people about proper oral health, and being an oral
health educator is one of the best parts of her career.
"The time I spent at Middlesex showed
me that with a dental hygiene degree I
could go in many different directions
in my career, and MCC prepared me for
all of them. But there was no course at
MCC that was a piece of cake, even with
my previous education."
Martha Forero
Dental Hygiene Alumna (Class of 2007)
After enrolling in the Dental Hygiene Program, former dentist Martha
Forero discovered she preferred teaching proper oral-health techniques
and focusing on "preventive" dentistry.
Martha Forero
Discovering a Passion
for Public Oral-Health Education