Faculty & Staff

MARSHA E. BOWER292-2767mbower@monroecc.edu
BARBARA ELLIS292-2763bellis@monroecc.edu
CAMILLO FONTANA cfontana@monroecc.edu
SHERRI KURTZ292-2765skurtz001@monroecc.edu
KIM LAURION292-2762klaurion@monroecc.edu
DAVID B. LAWRENCE292-2761dlawrence@monroecc.edu
KRISTA RODRIGUEZ292-2770krodriguez@monroecc.edu
TRACEY RYAN292-2038tryan@monroecc.edu
SAROJ VISWANATHAN292-2765sviswanathan@monroecc.edu

Marsha E. Bower, Associate Professor

  • AAS Dental Hygiene, Monroe Community College
  • AAS Accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • BS Business Administration, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • MA Liberal Arts and Sciences, SUNY Brockport
Previous Experience
  • Practicing dental hygienist for 30 years.
  • Non-surgical dental hygiene therapist.
  • NYS CDA.
  • Registered Dental Hygienist.
Role at College
  • Associate Professor Dental Studies.
  • 1st/2nd Year Clinical Coordinator/Liaison.
  • Ethics and Jurisprudence.
  • Dental Office Management and Business Practice.
  • Dental Studies Faculty Mentor.
  • Chancellors Award
  • Dental Studies Peer Tutoring Chair/Advisor
  • Distance Learning Assessment Committee
  • Faculty Senator/Professional Development Committee
  • Health Related Professions Retention/Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • Innovation of the Year Award/Distance Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene
  • New Faculty Mentor
  • NISOD Award
  • NYSDHEA Past Treasurer
  • SADHA Faculty Advisor
  • Veterans Student Advisor

Barbara R. Ellis, RDH, CHES, MA, Instructor

  • A.S. Dental Hygiene, Monroe Community College
  • B.S. Health Education, SUNY Oswego
  • MA Health Education / Public Health, University of Alabama
  • EDD Administrative Management and Leadership (in progress), Capella University
Previous Experience
  • 35 years in private dental practice as both a dental assistant and hygienist.
  • 5 years at Monroe Community College, Full-time Faculty.
Role at College
  • Full-time Faculty - Instructor.

Camillo F. Fontana, Adjunct Professor

  • DDS, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • BS Chemistry, Union College, Schenectady, NY
Previous Experience
  • General Dentistry Residency, St Clare’s Hospital, Schenectady, NY
  • Attending Dentist, St Clare’s Hospital, Schenectady, NY
  • 29 years practicing general dentistry in private practice
Role at College
  • Supervising Dentist
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Liason to online course preceptors
  • Lab Instructor in Clinial Dentistry
  • Continuing Ed Clinical Instructor
  • Vice-President and Co-Founder: Excelsior Brigade Fife & Drum Corps
  • Amatuer Astronomer
  • Owner of Historic Landmark in Pittsford, NY

Sherri Kurtz, Instructor

  • A.A.S. Dental Hygiene, Monroe Community College
  • B.S. Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, CT
Previous Experience
  • Registered Dental Hygienist, Clinical Dental Hygiene: General, Pediatric, Cosmetic and Periodontic
  • 4 years Clinical Assistant Monroe Community College
  • 2015-present Full-time Instructor Brighton Campus
Role at College
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Student Liaison for Seventh District since 2014
  • ADHA member

Kim Laurion, Instructor

  • A.A.S. Dental Hygiene, Erie Community College
  • B.S. Health Sciences Education, SUNY at Buffalo
  • M.S. Career and Technical Education, SUNY College at Oswego
Previous Experience
  • 30 years - Dental Hygienist - private practice Periodontics
  • 4 years - part-time instructor - MCC Distance Dental Hygiene
  • 2010 to present - full-time instructor MCC Brighton Campus
Role at College
  • Freshman Clinical Coordinator

David B. Lawrence, D.D.S., Associate Professor / Director

  • B.A., Alfred University
  • D.D.S., New York University
Previous Experience
Dr. Lawrence has taught at Monroe Community College since 1989. Besides being chairperson of the department since September 1996, he has been supervising dentist for the program since 1995.
Role at College
  • Professor / Director
His interests include educational technology and distance learning.

Krista M. Rodriguez, RDA, RDH, MA, FADAA, Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • AAS in Dental Assisting, Niagara County Community College
  • BS in Allied Health Education, State University of NY at Buffalo
  • AAS in Dental Hygiene, Monroe Community College
  • MA in Liberal Studies, State University of NY College at Brockport
  • NYS Certified Dental Assistant (RDA)
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Certified to Administer and Monitor Local Infiltration Anesthesia/Nitrous Oxide Analgesia
Previous Experience
  • Private practice and specialty practice in dental assisting
  • Clinical dental assisting at the University of NY at Buffalo School of Dentistry
  • Clinical dental assisting in the US Army Reserves
  • Clinical dental hygiene in private practice
  • Teaching and program coordinator for Dental Assisting Program, Muskingum Area Technical College, OH
  • Teaching and course coordination for Dental Studies Programs, Monroe Community College
  • Online instruction, development and assessment for distance Dental Assisting Program and Dental Hygiene courses, Monroe Community College
  • Continuing Education Presentations for both DA and DH topics and Diversity Issues in Healthcare
  • Teaching experience in courses: dental materials, radiology, oral anatomy and physiology, clinical dental assisting and dental hygiene, specialty practice procedures, preventive dentistry, therapeutics, pathology, expanded functions, practice management, ethics, emergency procedures, caries management, DANB Review Course
Role at College
  • Assistant Professor, Full-time Faculty in Dental Studies Programs
  • Teaching: Oral Anatomy courses, Preclinical and Clinical Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene, Specialty Procedures
  • Coordination: Clinical Externship for Dental Assisting
Professional Membership/Committee Participation
  • American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)
  • New York Dental Assistants Association (NYDAA)
  • Rochester Dental Assistants Society (RDAS)
  • NYS Dental Hygiene Educators Association

Awards and Accomplishments
  • Merit Award from Seventh District Dental Society
  • Fellowship in the American Dental Assistants Association (FADAA)

Tracey Ryan, Adjunct Instructor

  • A.S., Onondaga Community College
  • B.S., SUNY Oswego: Vocational Teacher Preparation: summa cum laude
  • M.S., SUNY Buffalo: Adult Education
Previous Experience
  • 25 years clinical experience as registered dental hygienist
  • Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES: GED preparation instructor
  • Oswego BOCES: Dental Assisting instructor
Role at College
  • Adjunct instructor: dental studies
  • Reading
  • Skiing
  • Swimming

Dr. Saroj Viswanathan, Professor

  • DDS, MDS - Government Dental College, Bombay, India
  • DDS - State University of NY at Buffalo
Previous Experience
  • Private Dental Practice 1974 - 1995
Role at College
  • Faculty in Dental Studies 1974 - present
  • Served as Department Chair 1984 - 1990