Kristin is a proud graduate of the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene; receiving her Associate degree in 1992, Bachelor degree in 2005, and Master degree in 2010. Kristin has worked continuously in clinical dental hygiene in various settings such as in private practice, orthodontics, and in a community dental healthcare center. She began her career as an educator here at Fones as an adjunct professor in 2005 and is currently a full time Clinical Assistant Professor. Kristin currently teaches in freshman clinic, Dental Hygiene Practice Management, Advanced Clinical Concepts online, is the Master Degree Practicum Faculty Advisor, a Master Degree Thesis Advisor, and oversees the senior student Community Dental Public Health rotation at the Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School in Bridgeport. She has previously taught in senior clinic and freshman and senior dental radiology lab. Ms. Minihan-Anderson is dedicated to mentoring her students to recognize and assume their role as a vital member of their client’s collaborative healthcare team.
Kristin specializes in the fundamentals of instrumentation, practice administration and management, and the ethical practice of dental hygiene. She has presented at the Fones School Clinical Educators Workshop and to other healthcare programs within the University. Additionally, Kristin was recently invited to give an oral presentation of her research related to the Professional Role Changes of Graduates from an Online Degree Completion Program Based in Dental Hygiene at the 2nd North American/Global Research Conference in Bethesda, MD. The abstract will be published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene and the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene. Academic honors include; graduating Summa Cum Laude, recipient of the Dean’s Award, recipient of the CDHA Student Award, and is a member of the all-academic discipline Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Professional affiliations include the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association where she has served as a delegate for the Bridgeport component, committee member for Membership and PR, Annual Session/Continuing Education Co-chair, and is currently the ConnHyPAC Chair, and the Bridgeport component Trustee.