Dr. Emily Pietig is the Dental Director of the Native American Community Clinic (NACC), a federally qualifying health center, where she works to decrease health disparities within the Phillips neighborhood, specifically focusing on the American Indian/Native American population in the NACC service area.  Additionally, Dr. Pietig has a full-time appointment as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, providing clinical instruction to students during their outreach rotations at NACC.  Dr. Pietig graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in 2010, and began working at Children's Dental Services, a non-profit pediatric practice in northeast Minneapolis.  Dr. Pietig entered the first collaborative management agreement with an advanced dental therapist to expand care to children in need in northeast Minneapolis.  Working with Dental Therapists allowed her to focus on providing care to the most complex patients including treating special needs children and children affected by early childhood caries in the operating room at Children's Hospital.  In 2015 Dr. Pietig was recognized as one of Children’s Hospital’s top 50 surgeons.  Dr. Pietig continues to work on expanding access to care through speaking about Dental Therapy and the “Minnesota Model”, the University of Florida also engaged Dr. Pietig to speak to dental students about being a dentist in the public health sector.  Dr. Pietig began as a staff dentist and served as Dental Director of Children's Dental Services 2010-2015. She is passionate about her work in public health dentistry, and providing high quality, culturally sensitive care to the patients in need.