Education

  • MS, Northeastern University, Boston, United States, 2001
  • BS, Exercise Physiology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, United States, 1994
  • AS, Dental Hygiene, Middlesex Community College, Bedford, United States, 1975

Biography

Natalie Hagel is Assistant Professor at TUSDM in the Department of Comprehensive Care. Natalie is a RDH and her education includes a BS from University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a MS from Northeastern University, Boston. She has over 30 years experience practicing dental hygiene in private dentistry, specializing in Pediatrics and Periodontics. Prior to coming to TUSDM, Natalie taught at Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and Boston University School of Dental Medicine in the APEX program and in the Public Health Department. She holds a MA Public Health dental hygiene certificate and has led TUSDM in the initiation and implementation of Mayor Menino's Boston Public Schools' Step UP program- which brought dentistry and services to local underserved families.

The prevention of dental disease is Natalie's passion. Her current interests include clinical teaching of CAMBRA protocol; conducting brief interventions in tobacco cessation and applying motivational interviewing techniques for behavior change. She has lectured, presented and published nationally and is faculty adviser to the TUSDM student American Association for Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) group. She is an active member of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). She has served as both the Oral Health Section Secretary and Section Counselor in APHA. She is currently mentoring research students in clinical patient education and health literacy. When not working, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and summers in Wells, Maine.