Christina, RDH, MEd

Name:

Christina Baker

Where are you from?

Springfield, MO

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry- Division of Dental Hygiene – Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

University of Missouri- Master of Education in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Student Well-Being.

Certificate in Effective College Instruction – 2021

What is your role at Sloop Dental Co.?

Dental Hygienist

What year did you start at Sloop Dental Co.?

2021

What is your experience in dentistry?

I grew up in dentistry and my aunt, who is a dental hygienist, served as a mentor. I have worked in private practice for 8+ years and have taught at UMKC for 8+ years. I also taught at JCCC for about a year.

What is the best thing about Sloop Dental Co.?

Always the patients. I’m so grateful for the patient relationships we form.

What’s your favorite patient success story?

I’m thankful for the many patient successes I have had the privilege of being a part of. My favorite patient success stories are patients who have made a complete turnaround in their oral health and value the importance of maintaining oral health for life. 

What do you wish people knew about oral health?

Oral health is so much more than just the appearance and function of your teeth; it is closely tied to your quality of life. With great oral health comes great quality of life.

Are you involved with any outside organizations? If so, what?

American Dental Hygienists’ Association

Sigma Phi Alpha- Supreme Chapter

Sigma Phi Alpha- Alpha Gamma Chapter

Past President- Greater Kansas City Dental Hygienists’ Association

What do you like to do in your free time?

I happily allow my family to take all of my free time.

What’s the best thing about East Brookside?

The character and sense of family.

Favorite Kansas City tradition:

Watching the Plaza lights during the holidays!

Favorite Kansas City non-profit:

Operation Breakthrough. It provides a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid, and education.

Royals, Chiefs or Sporting KC?

CHIEFS!

Anything else we should feature?

I have quite a bit of research experience including:

Student and Faculty Perceptions of a Virtual Clinic – Progressing Students’ Clinical Skills During a Pandemic

Examining CODA Mandated Calibration Associated with a Faculty Development Presentation: An Exemplar- A Pilot Investigation

I’m a little shy about this, but Dr. Sloop tells me I should include some of my UMKC teaching awards:

  • Class of 2018, 2019 Clinical Faculty of the Year
  • Class of 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Lecture Faculty of the Year
  • Class of 2021 Distinguished Teaching Award