Denise Terese-Koch

Denise Terese-Koch

Contact Information WKNOX Bldg 3 Phone: 865-338-5755
Office Location: 204
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Denise Terese-Koch, B.S., DDS, FAGD, MBA, EdD became the Dean of the Lincoln
Memorial University – College of Dental Medicine (LMU-CDM) in August 2020. Prior to
her position as Dean at the LMU-CDM, she was the Chair of Dental Education at South
College in Nashville, Tennessee, where she developed and implemented three dental
programs. As a comprehensive general dentist since 1992, she has a vast knowledge of
general dentistry, dental education, program development, and implementation. She believes
the oral cavity is the intersection between medicine and dentistry and is a window into the
general health of the patient.

After being accepted into a 2+4 program at Loyola University School of Dentistry, Dr. Terese
received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago; Dr.
Terese-Koch earned her DDS in 1992 from Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry.
She completed a General Practice Residency program at Loyola Medical Center and earned a
Certificate in Hospital Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Terese-Koch spent the next 21 years practicing
Comprehensive General Dentistry in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. In 2014, she entered
academia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry at the University
of Tennessee and was the Director of the Faculty Practice. In 2017, she joined the Tomah VA
Medical Center as an Associate Professor to develop and direct the Advanced Education in
General Dentistry Program (AEGD). In 2017, she returned to Nashville, Tennessee, and
developed a Dental Assisting program, Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program,
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program, and directed the AEGD program for South
College, where she was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Education. Dr.
Terese-Koch holds a license to practice dentistry in Tennessee. Dr. Terese-Koch received her
MBA from Belhaven University in 2018. She serves as a Site Visitor for the Commission on Dental
Accreditation and is a licensure examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency
Assessments.

As the dean, Dr. Terese-Koch is responsible for developing and implementing the Doctor of
Medicine in Dentistry program for LMU, developing graduate dental education, research, and
community outreach. Dr. Terese-Koch is married to her wonderful husband, Loren, a retired
businessman from Chicago, and they share three beautiful children, Dennis, Lori, and Jeni.

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