Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc
Director of Pre-doctoral Education
Dr. Erinne Kennedy grew up in Middleport, OH where she first found her love for dentistry by playing every day in her father’s dental office. Erinne graduated from THE Ohio State University (OSU)with a B.S. in Biology, and a minor in Spanish. While at OSU, she was heavily involved in undergraduate research through the RUMBA Program, and won third place for her environmental health research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.
Dr. Kennedy took her love for the dental profession and applied to dental school. She graduated in 2015 with honors from the Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine (NSU). Dr. Kennedy loved everything about dental school, especially being involved in organized dentistry. While in dental school she was involved with the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) as a local vice president at NSU and was a national contributing editor to ASDA. After dental school Erinne attended a one-year general practice residency (GPR) at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Erinne has a passion for community health and received her certificate of completion for a dental public health (DPH) residency from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 2018. She was board certified in public health in 2019. In May 2019, she graduated as the pioneer student at HSDM with a MMSc in Dental Education. She works at Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine as an Associate Professor and Director of pre-doctoral education.
Erinne has been a part of the American Dental Association (ADA) expert panel for developing the guideline on the Use of Antibiotics for the Emergency Management of Symptomatic Irreversible Pulpitis, Symptomatic Apical Periodontitis, and Localized Acute Apical Abscess. Also, she was a speaker for the first interdisciplinary statewide training in Massachusetts on antibiotic stewardship. The conference was supported by The Forsyth Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in April 2019. Alongside her team she helped create and release a state toolkit, website, and training specifically for oral health clinicians on antibiotic stewardship clinical practice.
Currently, she is a contributing editor for two publications: Dental Economics and Dental Entrepreneur Women (DeW). She is an expert spokesperson on behalf of the ADA for antibiotic use and stewardship in dentistry. She serves as secretary to the Council for Education for the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). Dr. Kennedys’ professional affiliations include: ADA, AAPHD, Missouri Dental Association (MDA), and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Interests and Specialties
- Antibiotic stewardship and clinical practice
- Private practice of public health dentistry and preventive dentistry
- Salivary chemistry
- Provider burnout and resilience
- Interprofessional education and practice