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Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to Board of Dentistry

Thursday, July 18, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Dr. Patricia Roels, of Caledonia; Kathleen Inman, of Croswell, and Laurie Horvath, of West Bloomfield; and the reappointment of Dr. William Wright, of Lansing, to the Michigan Board of Dentistry.

The 19-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in overseeing and regulating the practice of more than 7,800 dentists, 10,100 dental hygienists and 1,400 dental assistants.

"These individuals bring years of valuable experience to this board and I am confident they will work to ensure the best quality of oral health services for all Michiganders," said Snyder.

Dr. Roels is the chief oral health officer for Cherry Street Health Services, where she oversees operations of all dental programs, creates dental policies and procedures, and hires and evaluates job performance of all staff dentists. Prior to working at Cherry Street Health Services she worked in private practice. Roels holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a doctor of dental surgery, both from Indiana University. She will represent dentists and replaces Lawrence Haber.

Inman is a dental hygienist with Port Sanilac Dental Care and has been in private practice for more than 38 years. She is also adjunct faculty at Baker College Port Huron and is a member of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Advisory Boards at the college. Inman holds an associate degree in dental hygiene from Kellogg Community College and a bachelor's degree in health science education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She will represent dental hygienists and replaces JoAnne Hodder.

Horvath is a partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, where she is the not-for-profit leader specializing in providing auditing and accounting services. She previously served as a director at Baker Tilly, audit manager at Doeren Mayhew, adjunct faculty at Walsh College, interim chief development officer for Lighthouse of Oakland County, as an associate for Plante & Moran, and was a senior manager for Deloitte. Horvath holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's in business administration from Michigan State University. She will represent the general public and replaces John Molinari.

Dr. Wright has 33 years of experience in private practice. He chairs both the endorsements committee and the allegations committee for the Board of Dentistry and represents the board as ADEX and Controlled Substances Advisory Commission representative. Wright holds a doctor of dental surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He will represent dentists.

Members serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.