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James Strohschein, DDS

Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Strohschein joined MCDC in February 2019. A Michigan native, his undergraduate work was done at Michigan State University, and he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Public health dentistry has been his passion and where he has spent his entire career.

Dr. Strohschein has provided dental services in New Mexico to the Navajo Nation as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, as well as urban Native Americans and surrounding Pueblos in Albuquerque. He also served as a combined clinical/educator at the University of New Mexico where he held an Assistant Professor faculty position in the Department of Surgery within the Division of Dental Services. He formed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program, in which he served as Acting Director. He then transitioned into the Department of Family and Community Medicine, wherein he strove to provide clinical outreach dental services to the most underserved communities.

Dr. Strohschein addressed dental provider shortages in the state by developing the UNM Pre-Dental Society. He mentored students from all colleges and universities and collaborated to establish pipelines to many dental programs, thereby increasing the number of students from New Mexico accepted into dental schools throughout the country.

Dr. Strohschein went on to serve as Dental Director, faculty member and clinician at the Oregon Health & Science University’s Russell Street Dental Clinic in Portland, Oregon. There, he supervised fourth-year dental students and provided clinical care to medically compromised and indigent populations under the academic umbrella of OHSU. He served as dental director for a non-profit primary dental care organization for the Medicaid population in the state of Oregon.

He is looking forward to advancing the delivery of dental services to some of the most vulnerable populations in the state of Michigan. He plans to spearhead initiatives that will continue to address access to care issues by networking with stakeholders and partners at all levels of government.