Annette is a native of Berne, Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Indiana University. She spent 13 years in the Army as a dentist. Her military assignments include: Bamberg, Germany; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is also a Veteran of the First Gulf War. Annette received an additional 2 years of post-doctoral training (Residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry) while she was in the Army.
While on active duty Annette was selected as a Department of Defense candidate for the space program—Army Astronaut. Unfortunately, N.A.S.A. did not fund mission specialists that year so she was unable to advance to Astronaut training.
Annette is also a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), a Diplomat of the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD), a Fellow in the American College of Dentists (FACD), a Fellow in the International College of Dentists (FICD) and a member of the American Dental Association.
Annette loves Montana!!! Her hobbies and interests include downhill skiing, scuba diving, hiking and camping. Her philanthropic and volunteer interests include supporting active duty Special Forces Soldiers and their families through the Montana Special Forces Association sfa28.org, Montana Public Radio (phone volunteer and toothbrush challenge sponsor) and serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Montana Academy of General Dentistry to help Montana dentists get world class hands on training without leaving the state. Annette provides dental comprehensive exams to Peace Corps candidates at no cost. She supports the Peace Corps as grass roots ambassadors for our country.