Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of IU South Bend Dental Hygiene program is second to none. Their mission is to see each and every student succeed in the program and their lives. 

Director, Dental Education

Carmen Dielman

Carmen Dielman, RDH, MLS

Carmen is a graduate of IU South Bend's Dental Hygiene Program.  She joined the faculty in spring of 2010 and was recently promoted to Interim Program Director in January 2015. She has been the co-coordinator of first year students, and still teaches Oral Anatomy, General Pathology, and Head and Neck Anatomy.

Assistant Director, Dental Education

Kim DeOrto

Kim DeOrto, RDH, MSEd

Kim is a graduate of IU School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene Program and obtained her Master of Science in Education from IU Bloomington.  She joined the faculty full time in summer 2013 and has been promoted to the Interim Assistant Director of Dental Hygiene.  She is one of the Radiology Coordinators and recently was added as a co-coordinator of second year dental hygiene students.  She brings over 13 years of private practice experience with her and will be teaching periodontics in the spring along with Radiology and Medical/Dental Emergencies.

Department Secretary

Sue Szczypka
Sue Szczypka

Sue has been with the Dental Hygiene Program since 2010, but is no stranger to the university.  She served IUSB for fifteen years prior to joining the dental
hygiene program. 

Clinic Manager

Ashley Zielinski
Ashley Zielinski

Ashley is a graduate of the IU South Bend Dental Assisting Program.  She joined the Dental Hygiene Program in spring of 2010 part time and in 2011 came on board full time. 

Faculty Dentist

Dr. David Douglas 

Dr. David Douglas, DDS

Dr. Douglas is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry and has been faculty in this program for over 10 years!  He teaches Oral Pathology, Local Anesthesia, Medical/Dental Emergencies and Radiography in addition to being in most of the patient treatment clinics.

Clinical Lecturers

Kathy Doerscher

Kathy Doerscher, RDH, MLS

Kathy is a graduate of IU South Bend Dental Hygiene Program.  She has been a faculty member since 2009.  She is the co-coordinator of second year and teaches Preventive Dentistry and Histology and Embryology. 

Sandy Peek

Sandra Peek, LDH, MPA

Sandy is a graduate of the IU South Bend Dental Hygiene Program. She joined the faculty in 2008.  She is a coordinator of the first year students and teaches Ethics and Jurisprudence and Dental Materials.  

Visiting Clinical Lecturer

Diane Lemanski, RDH, BSDH

Diane Lemanski has been teaching with IU South Bend since 2011, is a graduate of the University of Michigan with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, and is pursuing her Master of Liberal Studies at IU South Bend.  She has many years of dental hygiene experience working in private practice in Michigan.  She currently teaches in pre-clinic lab, Radiology Lecture-II, Advanced Dental Materials, and is the Community Health Coordinator for the program. 

Adjunct Faculty
Our program could not function without the expertise of our adjunct (part-time) faculty.  Many adjunct have been with us for over 10 years!

James Burnett, RDH, BSDH
Connie Cox, RDH, BGS
Mallory Edmonson, RDH, BSDH
Mark Green, DDS
Debra Hoover, RDH, BSDH
Hayley Klauer, RDH, MLS
James Preisch, DDS
Melissa Spriggs, RDH, BGS