Wendy Garcia

Wendy Garcia


Associate Professor and Coordinator of DH Online Programs, Fones School of Dental Hygiene

Health Science Center – Office 415
(203) 576-4141

Wendy M Garcia, RDH, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at UB. After 27 years in private practice and the completion of her B.S. degree, Ms. Garcia began her teaching career at the University as a part-time clinical instructor in Radiology and Second Year Clinic. Her responsibilities then increased to teaching Pharmacology, Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy, Dental Hygiene Internship, Public Health and Research II. Currently she teaches Leadership, Evidence-Based Research, Program Development and Management, and Capstone on the Master’s level. She joined the full-time faculty in 2003 as Community Rotation Coordinator and was appointed to coordinate the B.S. degree completion and M.S.D.H. online programs.

She was elected into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and was included on the National Dean’s List in Spring 2002. Spring 2010 she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She completed her M.S. degree in 2004 and Ed.D. in 2011 both at the University of Bridgeport. Wendy was one of the first dental hygienists certified to administer local anesthesia in the State of Connecticut and co-teaches the CE course for R.D.H.’s.

Ms. Garcia’s professional affiliations include the American Dental Educators Association, International Federation of Dental Hygienists, American Academy of Dental Hygiene, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, and local component associations. She has been active in numerous positions in the Association and is a Past President of CDHA 2004-2005.


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Bridgeport, 2011
M.S., Education, University of Bridgeport, 2004
B.S., Dental Hygiene, University of New Haven, 2002
A.S., Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, 1975


Courses Taught:
DHYG 500 Leadership in Dental Hygiene
DHYG 502 Evidence-Based Research
DHYG 508 Program Development and Management
DHYG 520 Capstone
DHYG 521 Capstone Extension


“Self-Perception of Transformational Leadership Practices of American Dental Hygiene Program Administrators” Dissertation March 2011 “PTSD: Treatment with Confidence, Competence and Compassion”. Co-authored with Laura Greco, RDH, MSED, Associate Professor Fones School of Dental Hygiene, July 2008

“Dental Hygiene: Reflecting on Our Past, Preparing for our Future”. Co-authored with Rhoda Gladstone, RDH, MS, professor at New York University Dental School, November 2007

“Idiopathic Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction: Correlation to a Shortened Psoas Muscle”. Co-researchers include Laura Greco, RDH, MSEd, Karen Williams, RDH, MS, and Dr. George J. Muhs, DC, DACNB, CCN


Honors and Awards:
Phi Kappa Phi, UB Chapter, May 2010
National Society of Leadership and Success, UB Chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi, December 2008