Michele attended the University of Sydney and graduated as a dentist with a Bachelor of Dental Science. Upon graduation, Michele worked in both hospital and private practice in Sydney. Michele completed the specialist training program at the University of Sydney and received a Masters in Paediatric Dentistry. She had secondments at Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She taught dental students, dental therapists and new graduates for several years at the University of Sydney, Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital and the University of North Carolina.
Michele was the first dentist to be awarded the BJ Amos Scholarship, which gave her the opportunity to travel to the United States where she held a faculty appointment as Assistant Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina. She was part of a new program in the United States promoting oral health to expectant mothers and their babies, and started a local program in Australia educating young mothers and pre-schoolers. With an interest in children and adults with special needs, she set up preventative dental programs in special schools as well as the Special Smiles program as part of the Special Olympics in Australia where her team performed dental screenings for people with disabilities as part of various sporting events. Since returning to Australia Michele has worked in private specialist practices in Sydney.
Michele is the Immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry. She holds memberships to the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry, Australian Dental Association and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Carrie was born and raised in the United States of America in California and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She extended her studies to include a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health to feed a desire for a greater understanding of how to begin addressing health issues at the population level. She then completed her paediatric dentistry specialty training through the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as she felt working in paediatric dentistry was a perfect intersection of her community health and dentistry passions. Carrie has worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF as well as in private practice in the United States (both Seattle and San Diego) before moving to Australia.
Carrie is also currently a Lecturer through the University of Sydney, supporting the paediatric dentistry portion of the dental school curriculum. In this role, she teaches clinically, as well as leads problem-based learning sessions, case discussions, lectures and research projects with the students. Her main research interests revolve around improving the food environment to make healthier and easier choices in order to improve overall and oral health. Alongside University responsibilities, Carrie has served as an honorary dental officer in the department of paediatric dentistry at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health since 2015.
Carrie has led community oral health promotion programs in Roatan, Honduras — leveraging existing immunization clinics as sites for preventive oral health care as a means to improve reach and cost-effectiveness—as well as in Nepal, where her team supported a sustainable model of oral health prevention with a local NGO and its community health workers in Kathmandu and surrounding rural mountainous regions.
In her free time, Carrie loves to stay active with running, swimming, yoga, ultimate Frisbee, swing dancing and cycling.
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