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Alumni Spotlight - Brandi Petersen

Central Wyoming College


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Brandi Petersen, A.S. Health Science, 2017

Alum Brandi Petersen chose to attend CWC due to its affordability, friendly atmosphere, and for its leading reputation in healthcare professions. Originally from Riverton, WY, Brandi grew up knowing that CWC was going to be the perfect fit to begin her dream of becoming a dental hygienist. “The classes were small and I was able to get one-on-one help from my professors. I loved my time at CWC,” she said.

Brandi graduated from CWC in 2017 with her Associate of Science in Health Science. She then transferred to Sheridan College to earn her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene. In 2022, Brandi earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Wyoming. She credits CWC for helping her be prepared for the challenging upper-division coursework that she faced later in her educational endeavors.

Brandi is a big advocate for community college. She believes that students who attend community college, especially CWC students, are taught the social skills that they need to advocate for themselves when they move on to four-year institutions and other programs. “CWC taught me that it was OK to ask for help. I had the confidence to carry on conversations with my professors in order to succeed.” She additionally emphasized that CWC was instrumental in helping her stay debt-free. “I didn’t have to take out loans, which was a huge help when I transferred to my other programs.”

Brandi has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2019. She is currently working in Casper, WY at Hilltop Dental and at T. Shaun Sutherland DDS & Ruma Novotny DDS. Brandi’s favorite part about being a dental hygienist is helping people maintain their oral health. She also loves her patients and enjoys meeting new patients every day. Brandi has a true passion for helping others.

In her free time, Brandi loves spending time with her fiancé and her family. She enjoys working out to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Brandi also has a passion for traveling and is always looking forward to her next beach vacation where she can relax and enjoy life.