Western Michigan University ScholarWorks at WMU Honors Theses Lee Honors College Spring 4-18-2011 Analysis of Dental Management of those with Physical and Mental Disabilities Ashley M. Fleck Western Michigan University , [email protected] Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Dental Public Health and Education Commons This Honors Thesis-Open Access is brought to you for free and open access by the Lee Honors College at ScholarWorks at WMU. It has been accepted for inclusion in Honors Theses by an authorized administrator of ScholarWorks at WMU. For more information, please contact [email protected] . Recommended Citation Fleck, Ashley M., "Analysis of Dental Management of those with Physical and Mental Disabilities" (2011). Honors Theses. Paper 99.
Analysis of Dental Management of those with Physical and Mental Disabilities by Ashley Fleck Submitted to Lee Honors College in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science at Western Michigan University April 2011 © 2011 Ashley Fleck All rights reserved
2 Acknowledgements This thesis would not have been possible without the careful guidance of my mentor, Dr. Nicholas Andreadis, whose support and encouragement helped me to fully understand the subject matter. Throughout the period of formulating the idea and actually writing my thesis, Dr. Andreadis provided many good ideas, advice and a lot of networking opportunities. I would have been lost without him. I am grateful to Dr. Susan Dennis for her willingness to work with me on this topic. She not only provided sound advice and networking opportunities, but she also invited me in her office with open arms, acknowledging me as a friend to all of her patients. She made me feel as if I was a colleague from the start and I am very thankful. I would like to thank WMU Libraries and Patty Berghuis for making the research of this thesis bearable and easily obtainable. I would like to express my gratitude to the people who taught me everything I need to know about chemistry and biology including my high school teachers (especially Brad Portis) and my undergraduate teachers at Western Michigan University who not only inspired me to be a professional but also gave me wise advice, and helped me with dental school applications (especially Dr. John Geiser, Dr. John Jellies, Dr. Christine Byrd-Jacobs and Dr. James Kiddle). I am grateful especially for the advice and guidance of Dr. Steve Bertman, who advised me to do something that had "nothing to do with teeth" that I had always been interested in before going to dental school. I wish to thank Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire, and both HomeLife Inc. and Hope Network Rehabilitation in Kalamazoo, Michigan for inspiring me to fight for the rights of those with physical and mental disabilities. Without the many hours of volunteering and working, I would not be the same person I am today nor would I understand the needs of this population. I am grateful to one resident in
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