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February 3, 2023

Dr. Kricket Koehn, second from left, is shown here holding the 2022 WTCS Distinguished Alumni Award. She’s pictured at the District Boards Association Fall Meeting with, from left to right, Erika Warning-Meyer, Nicolet vice-president of Enrollment and Student Affairs; her husband, Alex Tomasoski, who she met while attending Nicolet; and Heather Schallock, executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation. (Contributed photograph)
Dr. Kricket Koehn, second from left, is shown here holding the 2022 WTCS Distinguished Alumni Award. She’s pictured at the District Boards Association Fall Meeting with, from left to right, Erika Warning-Meyer, Nicolet vice-president of Enrollment and Student Affairs; her husband, Alex Tomasoski, who she met while attending Nicolet; and Heather Schallock, executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation. (Contributed photograph)
12/6/2022 5:29:00 AM
Local dentist, Nicolet College graduate, honored with distinguished alumni award

Nicolet College graduate Kricket Koehn has been named 2022 Alumni of the Year by the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association, marking the first time this distinguished honor has been bestowed on a Nicolet graduate, the school announced in a press release.

A Rhinelander High School graduate, Koehn attended Nicolet from 2011 to 2013, graduating with an associate's of Science Liberal Arts degree. She then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

In 2019, she graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry and then returned to Rhinelander to open her own practice in the Northwoods.

"Beginning my education at Nicolet set me on a path where many doors were opened for me on both my educational and professional journey," Dr. Koehn said. "From my earliest days at Nicolet, the college instilled in me the value of lifelong learning and for that I will be forever grateful. The career I selected is always changing because of new technology, so you always have to adapt and be willing to learn."

While at Nicolet, Koehn balanced her classes with part-time jobs. One of those was at Northwoods Family Dental in Rhinelander, where she had been a patient since she was 13 years old. She job shadowed, worked as a front desk receptionist, and even had the opportunity to do basic dental assisting.

Soon after earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, she returned to Rhinelander and purchased the practice where she worked as a young college student.

Northwoods Family Dental now employs 10 people, two of whom are Nicolet graduates and two others who graduated from different Wisconsin technical colleges.

Koehn also participates in a program called Donated Dental Services and provides free dental care to people in need. She also volunteers for Mission of Mercy and takes part in an annual event to provide free dental care.

Koehn was nominated for the honor by Heather Schallock, executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation.

Selection criteria laid out by the WTCS District Boards Association includes demonstration of the important role technical college education has played in her career and personal life, noteworthy accomplishments in her field, service to community, and a commitment to personal and professional goals and accomplishments.

"Kricket was a wonderful student to have at Nicolet, serving as a mentor and role model for many," Schallock said of the first-generation college student. "Helping others has always been high on her list, and along with her passion for building community and her professional accomplishments, she checked all of the boxes for the WTCS District Boards Association 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award. She is exceptionally deserving of this prestigious honor."





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