Independent Practice Connections Café ─ Sudbury

Sudbury, ON
Friday, June 15, 2018
12:30–4:30 pm
Member Pricing: $25.00
plus applicable taxes
Non-Member Pricing: $50.00 plus applicable taxes
(registration at 12:15 pm; light snacks and beverages included during nutritional break)

South End Public Library
1991 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON, P3E 5V3
Rooms A & B

Note: If there are insufficient registrations by June 7, CDHA will cancel the session.


As we approach the end of a decade of strong growth in independent practice in Canada, with exceptional growth in the last two years alone, current independent dental hygienists (IDHs) and those interested in learning more about what it takes to be an IDH are invited to attend our networking event.

CDHA’s Independent Practice Advisor, Amanda Acker, will provide a brief update at the beginning of the session, and then a panel of IDHs, working in both fixed and mobile practices, will share their successes and challenges with the audience. Listen to their stories and take in the pearls of knowledge they will pass along.

After the panel discussion, mix and mingle to discuss issues and opportunities relevant to dental hygiene entrepreneurs. A representative from Public Health Sudbury & Districts will also be on hand to answer your pressing infection control questions! This Connections Café will help you learn about what it takes to become an IDH in Canada. So, bring your business cards and expand your network of like-minded professionals!


12:15–12:30 pm  Registration
12:30–2:15 pm    Panel Discussion
2:15–2:45 pm     Nutrition Break
2:45–4:30 pm     Networking


Presenter: Amanda Acker, DipDH, RDH – Independent Practice Advisor, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Amanda Acker, DipDH, RDH – Independent Practice Advisor, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Amanda Acker graduated from Algonquin College in 2001.  In 2011 she became self initiated and began the journey to independent dental hygiene. Her Ottawa clinic is multidisciplinary, offering the services of a denturist and dentist, in addition to those of dental hygienists. Amanda works closely with many community-based organisations. She also works as a peer mentor with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.  As CDHA’s independent practice advisor since 2015, Amanda is your first line of contact for business and independent practice advice.

Presenter: Sophie Freeman, DipDH, RDH

Sophie Freeman, DipDH, RDH

Sophie Freeman is the owner of Sophie Freeman Dental Hygiene Professional Corporation in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and a successful entrepreneur, with over 26 years of clinical experience and knowledge. Sophie holds a diploma in dental hygiene from Cambrian College and a certificate from the University of Washington for dentistry for persons with disabilities. She was recognized as a “Champion for Inclusion” by Community Living Algoma in 2010. An educator and a Canadian Dental Hygienists Association independent practice advisory committee member, Sophie's passion is to provide preventive dental hygiene care to everyone in need, including those who cannot care for themselves. She provides compassionate dental hygiene care in several long-term care homes in Ontario and continually strives to bring her vison to reality, ensuring that everyone has access to preventive dental hygiene care.

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