Ann Brunick, R.D.H., M.S., has received an Outstanding Alumni Award from
the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). Brunick, chair and professor of
the University of South Dakota’s Department of Dental Hygiene, was honored at a
celebration in April 2013.
Brunick was recognized for her long and distinguished career, including her
national involvement with the ADHA Institute for Oral Health Scholarship and
Research Review Committees, the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation and
the ADA Joint Commission for National Dental Board Examinations. She has also
been involved with several interprofessional education projects emphasizing oral
health to students within the Physician’s Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy and
Sanford School of Medicine programs at USD.
“I am very honored to receive this prestigious award. My education at UMKC
has truly been the foundation of my career and for that, I am very grateful.” said
Additionally, Brunick was recognized for her participation in a Centers
for Disease Control grant in which an innovative health promotion model was
developed and implemented as a collaborative interprofessional approach to assist
an underserved population with diabetes. She recently received a HRSA Office of
Rural Health Policy Outreach grant to establish a school-based preventive dental
program serving several school districts in southeast South Dakota.
Brunick is the author of several articles and book chapters and is the co-author
of a textbook entitled
The Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation
which the 4th edition is in progress.
Brunick received an associate degree from USD, a bachelor’s degree from
the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. She has been a member of the USD faculty since 1982 and
chairperson of the department since 1996. •
country that have this option. So, again,
ADS provides another unique niche for
students,” she stated.
“I have had many exciting and
rewarding opportunities over the years
at USD. I looked forward to going to
work every day! I had great support from
administration, the dean and colleagues.
I don’t believe I could have accomplished
the things I did without them. I will miss
my friends, co-workers and students,”
Looking forward, Kennealley states,
“I’m going to give myself 90 days of
retirement to kick back. Although I
suspect I will continue to stay involved
in the profession at some level. I came
into this field clinically – working
with adolescents in a drug prevention
program, and I just can’t help but think I
might get back to my roots.”
Kennealley earned her Doctorate of
Education Degree in adult and higher
education from USD in 1997. She is
an Internationally Certified Prevention
Specialist since 1993. •
Honored with Outstanding
1973/1974 - 2013/2014
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