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?
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,
clinic schedules for faculty, students, and graduate students. One
of my many goals is to help ensure the clinic runs smoothly and
What's the most challenging aspect of your job?
with so many different groups of people --
20 faculty members, 16 orthodontics residents, and many
patients -- is
challenging, but it's also an aspect of my job that I enjoy. Trying
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
in allied medicine. It
took 12 years
that lifelong goal,
and I'm proud to
call myself an OSU alumna!
volunteer with any social or community
I work with Operation Feed
each year, and that organization benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. I
help to cook and serve meals at the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the RPAC on
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
I really enjoy working
I've found rowing to be challenging and rewarding. I also love hiking, walking,
I enjoy going to farmer's markets, cooking,
going to plays, concerts,
and traveling and spending time with
family and friends.