Mona Riaz

Registered Dental Hygienist and Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry


Dental Hygiene




My career in dentistry began as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2008. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (UMSoD) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Since graduating, I have been fortunate to hold positions within a variety of professional settings. I began as a clinical examiner at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research. In addition, I have spent a great portion of my career within community-based settings. This included coordinating a SEAL! Michigan School-Based Sealant Program in Wayne County, MI. under a PA 161, and serving as a school-based examiner for Smiles on Wheels. My career in academia began in 2014 as an adjunct clinical faculty for the University of Michigan, where I had the opportunity to work with senior dental hygiene students during their outreach rotations to the Western Wayne Family Health Center. From 2016 to 2018, I worked at the Community Dental Center (CDC) in Ann Arbor MI., where I practiced clinical dental hygiene and continued working with dental hygiene students during their rotations to the CDC. I returned to the UMSoD in 2018 as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Cariology and Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Dental Hygiene. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Dental Hygiene with the goal of furthering my career is academia and research. My professional interests are in teaching didactic courses that help prepare my students for the profession of dental hygiene. My professional memberships include Sigma Phi Alpha-Nu Chapter, the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the International Association for Dental Research.