Tami J. Grzesikowski was an intern from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill when she first became a part of St. Petersburg College’s Dental Hygiene Program in January 1981. She became a full-time faculty member later that year after proving to be a highly successful self-starter, collaborator and motivator.
In 1990, she was named Clinic Coordinator and became Program Director in 1996 overseeing Dental Hygiene as the program grew until there was a considerable student waiting list each semester.
She became the college’s first Dean of Health Sciences, overseeing the bachelor’s degree program in Orthotics and Prosthetics, a degree completion program in Dental Hygiene and a bachelor’s degree program in Health Services Administration. She developed and oversaw the dental clinic’s Give Kids a Smile and Head Start Fluoride Varnish programs as well as the Back to School Care Fair for children from low-income families.
She has an A.A. degree in Dental Hygiene from Farleigh Dickinson University, a B.S. degree in Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida.
She retired in 2012 but continues to serve on national boards for dental accreditation and examinations. She lives in Seminole.