Shirley Branam, RDH, MBA is the Central Clinical Educator for DENTSPLY Professional. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan and continued on to complete her Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix. Shirley’s background includes over 25 years in clinical and educational experience in the dental assisting and dental hygiene professions. While employed at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, she held various appointments including hygiene faculty member, staff hygienist in the Graduate Prosthodontic Clinic, and research coordinator assistant. Her areas of expertise include clinical dental hygiene, biomaterials, implants, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide sedation.