Dr. Trotman received her dental degree from Dundee University, Scotland and her Orthodontic Degree and MA in Oral Biology from Columbia University, NY. She then completed a Fellowship in Craniofacial Anomalies at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Subsequently, she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
During her tenure at Michigan, she obtained an MS in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Trotman then was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry. Subsequently, she was promoted to Professor and served as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and then Assistant Dean for Graduate Education at UNC. She then was appointed Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Trotman was an American Council on Education Fellow, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and maintains an active research program funded by NIH with a focus on craniofacial anomalies.