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  1. Orthodontics Clinic Coordinator Carol Holdren

Staff Spotlight Features: Clinic Coordinator Carol Holdren

The College of Dentistry's new "staff spotlight" series features quarterly interviews with dentistry's dedicated staff members who are making a difference. The College is privileged to have diverse and talented employees who are committed to their public service mission, to the quality of their work, and to the clients they serve. Each installment of the "staff spotlight" will feature one of these outstanding individuals.

Interview with Clinic Coordinator Carole Holdren:

What does an orthodontics clinic coordinator do each day?
I'm responsible for coordinating the Dentofacial program, which is an interdisciplinary program with orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and pre-doctoral programs. I also update and maintain our didactic, annual, and clinic schedules for faculty, students, and graduate students.  One of my many goals is to help ensure the clinic runs smoothly and efficiently.

What's the most challenging aspect of your job?
Working with so many different groups of people -- 200 to 300 students, 20 faculty members, 16 orthodontics residents, and many patients -- is challenging, but it's also an aspect of my job that I enjoy. Trying to coordinate everyone's schedule to meet everyone's needs is a challenge, but I continually strive to accommodate that process.    

Are there any accomplishments you're especially proud of?
I've worked here in dentistry for 13 years, and I know I'm able to make direct and positive changes in people's lives. If I can leave work each day feeling like I've had a positive impact on a student, patient, faculty member, or colleague, then I feel good about the effort I put into my job.  

I'm also very thankful that I've been able to finish my undergraduate degree while working in this College. I graduated this year with a B.S. degree in allied medicine. It took 12 years to accomplish that lifelong goal, and I'm proud to call myself an OSU alumna!

Do you volunteer with any social or community organizations?
I work with Operation Feed each year, and that organization benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. I also help to cook and serve meals at the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the RPAC on campus. In the past, I've volunteered for Recreation Unlimited, which is an amazing program that serves people in Central Ohio. 

What do you enjoy doing most outside of work?
I really enjoy working out! Lately, I've found rowing to be challenging and rewarding. I also love hiking, walking, and biking, and enjoy going to farmer's markets, cooking, going to plays, concerts, and traveling and spending time with family and friends.


                                                                                                                                    [October 2010]