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. 

Program Director, Dental Education

Kim DeOrto

Kim DeOrto, RDH, MSEd

Kim is a graduate of the IU School of Dentistry 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 assumed the role of Program Director of Dental Hygiene.  She brings over 13 years of private practice experience with her and teaches periodontics and radiology.

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. She helps students with patient appointments and manages the day to day operations of the clinic. 

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 close to 15 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

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.  She is the co-coordinator of first year students, and teaches Oral Anatomy, General Pathology, Head and Neck Anatomy, and Global Health.

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 teaches Preventive Dentistry and Histology and Embryology.   She has a passion for nutrition and its intersection with health and wellness. 

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 co-coordinator of the first year students and teaches Ethics and Jurisprudence, Office Management, and Dental Materials.  

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 Science in Adult Education at IU Bloomington.  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!

Krysta Caudill, RDH, BSDH
Doris Collins, DDS
Connie Cox, RDH, BGS
Mallory Edmondson, RDH, MSDH
Mark Green, DDS
Kelli Gumm, RDH
Hayley Klauer, RDH, MLS
Doreen Pienkowski, RDH
Lydia Rosado, RDH, MSDH