Matthew R. Crespin, Dent Hy ’02
Though some may consider it a leap of faith to move from Arizona to the Midwest sight unseen, Matt Crespin knew what he wanted. “Marquette had a great dental school,” he says.
Two other things reinforced his choice: the dental hygiene program and core Jesuit principle of teaching personal values.
Matt is the oral health project manager for the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, a program affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He administers the Wisconsin Seal-a-Smile program, a school-based dental sealant initiative for low-income students, and Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition, which improves oral health access for children and families. He is pursuing a master’s degree in public health.
Matt also received a grant to work with a series of partners, including the Marquette School of Dentistry, to develop a pilot project that provides preventive oral health care, as well as a link to restorative care, at several Milwaukee public schools. “We provide the missing link that many families have a hard time with,” he says.
Matt says his job is especially rewarding when he meets the kids and families who benefit from programs he creates and manages.
That feeling, he adds, comes in large part from his Jesuit education: “My years at Marquette taught me to value everyone. That fueled my strong desire to help the underserved.”