Lorie Holt completed an associate's degree at Johnson County Community College in 1985. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and she is currently pursuing a PhD. Holt has been a full time faculty member at UMKC since 1997. She has served in a number of different roles including senior clinical coordinator and currently serves as the director of Degree Completion Studies in the Division of Dental Hygiene. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include: cultural competency, educational pedagogy, faculty development and online learning. Lorie has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the School of Dentistry and has been recognized by Johnson County Community College as Alumnus of the Year. She has much service experience both within the UMKC School of Dentistry as well as within the university itself. Holt has served her profession as councilor for the ADEA Section on Dental Hygiene Education, educational consultant for the American Dental Association, as well as various offices within the state dental hygiene association.