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Carol Krainz Nickasch
Dental Hy ‘71, ‘75, Grad ‘99

Carol Krainz Nickasch began her career working with children before discovering the pleasures of working with the elderly. She has spent the past 26 years as the dental hygienist at the East Castle Retirement Home.

A key to Carol’s successis to always look beyond the obvious. Following her mother’s formula — “if Plan A doesn’t work, Plan B or C or D probably will” — Carol believes in trying new ideas to find the best solutions to problems.

This flexibility is evident in the paths her own career has taken. In addition to her work at East Castle, Carol is on the dental hygiene faculty at Milwaukee Area Technical College, works with Habitat for Humanity, serves on the Crossroads Interfaith Board and is active in her church as a lector and Eucharistic minister.       

“Having a passion for what I do as a hygienist, Habitat worker or teacher has allowed me to enjoy life and those individuals whose paths I have been gifted to share,” she says.

Carol has just completed a certification program in pet massage therapy, which she hopes to pursue as a new career during retirement.

Carol also believes that studying scripture and learning to live the gospel message is a continuous and lifelong journey. She credits her parents’ values and her Marquette education for starting her on the way to becoming a professed secular Franciscan more than 20 years ago.

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