Ms. Ortolano has been working with and writing for the dental profession and industry since 1989. She has authored more than 350 published articles on a variety of topics, including dental infection control and safety, occupational disease agents, restorative dentistry, periodontal care, regulatory issues, and new technologies. She has written more than 50 continuing-education (CE)-accredited articles for dentists and auxiliaries, and she wrote, edited, and designed the 170-page CE workbook, From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the Guidelines. She has served as Scientific Writer/Editor for the American Dental Association's Council on Scientific Affairs; Publications Director for the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP); Editor/Managing Editor of the OSAP newsletters Infection Control In Practice, OSAP Monthly Focus, and The OSAP Report; Managing Editor of Dental Products Report Europe; Associate Editor and author of the monthly “Infection Control Report” in Dental Products Report; and Contributing Editor to Dental Products Report and the Chicago Dental Society's CDS Review.
She owns and operates Karen Gomolka Editorial Services, a sole proprietorship providing freelance writing, editing, and design services, from her home in Chicago.