Leaders in Dental Medicine

The KCU College of Dental Medicine faculty is hard at work preparing for the college facilities to open in 2023. This team of industry leaders is designing the student learning experience with world-class didactic and practicum coursework; they are collaborating with KCU's outstanding admissions team to streamline our processes for applications, interviews and matriculation; and they are taking the steps through the accreditation process to open in 2023 with a robust program. Read about our faculty by clicking on their names below.

Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, MPP
Founding Dean, Vice Provost for Oral Health Affairs and Professor


Diane Ede-Nichols, DMD, MHL, MPH
Professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Patient Care


Sharon M. Gordon, DDS, MPH, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research

Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc
Assistant Professor, Director of Pre-doctoral Education 

Katie Champion, DMD
Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Operations

Dennis Abbott, DDS
Assistant Director of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences

Twyla Evans, MAT
Director of Educational Learning Technology