Antonio has been working with MDI since 2013 when MDI partnered with Madison Area Technical College to be a clinical rotation site for their hygiene students. Antonio was crucial for forming our wonderful relationship with Madison College. In addition, a year ago he began volunteering his time directly at our clinic providing hygiene services to our patients.
Antonio entered the health professions as a hygienist because he excelled in science and the humanities. He also comes from a very artistic family and discovered that art and science co-exist in the field of dentistry. After having gained experience working in a dental laboratory, he enrolled into dental hygiene because he wanted more direct patient care. However, Antonio had his sights on higher education because he enjoyed learning and the life of an academic spoke to him as a career path. He continued to work through the academic world which led him to teaching and research.
Antonio is a busy guy as the Associate Dean of the School of Health Education, yet he continues to make giving back to the community a priority. He comes from a long history of serving the underrepresented population. He has served in inner cities while in Buffalo, NY working alongside dental students and public health advocates and has worked with a community clinic in La Crosse to deliver restorative services to the underserved.
Antonio’s favorite part of MDI is the positive energy he feels working with the students, volunteers, and staff. “I like the nature of service and working at MDI gives me the ability to give of myself unselfishly in the service of others”, he said. He encourages other health professionals to get involved, as it is the perfect way to share your unique talents, serve the community, and feel good about helping those in need.
Outside of his work in dentistry, Antonio is a writer and poet, having published Hybrid Voices and working on his second book, Inner Passage. He enjoys backpacking, has traveled through many of the States and Canadian provinces, and is an avid cook (he was part of the “slow food” movement before it was labeled as such). The list of his accomplishments and accolades go on and we are so fortunate that he added Madison Dental Initiative as one of his organizations he supports.