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Gurenlian, JoAnn R, RDH, PhD

JoAnn Gurenlian has been active in dental hygiene for over 35 years, working as a clinician, educator, administrator, and researcher. She has served as chairperson of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Thomas Jefferson University, president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and president of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, and is currently a professor and director of the Graduate Dental Hygiene Program at Idaho State University. JoAnn is also an internationally recognized speaker on the dental hygiene process of care, oral pathology, oral medicine, diabetes, women’s health, women’s cancers, and leadership and professional development. She is the coauthor of Preventing Medical Emergencies: Use of the Medical History, has published over 250 papers, and has given over 550 presentations. In recognition of her contributions to the profession, JoAnn has received the Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award, the Alfred C Fones Award, the Irene Newman Award, the ADHA/Warner Lambert Award for Excellence, and the ADHA Distinguished Service Award.

Acker, Amanda, RDH

Amanda Acker graduated from Algonquin College, Ottawa, in 2001. In 2011, she became self initiated and began the journey to independent dental hygiene, opening her first independent practice in 2013. Her Ottawa clinic is multidisciplinary and offers the services of a denturist and dentist, in addition to those of dental hygienists. Amanda works closely with many community organisations, including community health centres and The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, and is a board member of Community Veterinary Outreach. She also works as a peer mentor through the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. Since 2015, Amanda has worked part time at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association as the independent practice advisor, where she is the first line of contact for members seeking business and independent practice advice.

Asadoorian, Joanna, RDH, PhD

Joanna Asadoorian is an oral health educator, researcher, and a full-time professor at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated in 1989 with a diploma in dental hygiene from Erie Community College, New York, and then worked in general clinical practice while pursuing her BSc in dental hygiene and MSc in dentistry at the University of Toronto. Her master’s research focussed on health care provider continuing competency. From 2003 until 2014, Joanna was on faculty at the School of Dental Hygiene, University of Manitoba, where she also completed her PhD in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Joanna has served on the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association research advisory committee and was program director for the Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education from 2014 until 2016. Her current research interests include behaviour change strategies using various designs and therapeutic oral rinses.

Botbyl, Dani, RDH

Dani Botbyl is a leading authority on ultrasonic instrumentation education, who, for the past 17 years, has served as national clinical educator with Dentsply Sirona Canada. Dani has developed and presented evidence-based educational programs on ultrasonics to dental hygiene students, pre- and postdoctoral dental students, faculty, and practising clinicians nationally and internationally. She has published numerous articles in industry and peer-reviewed journals. Her current research interests include educational preparedness of dental hygienists for ultrasonic instrumentation; her studies have led educators around the world to modify and enhance their teaching methods. Dani was formerly on faculty at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology in Welland, Ontario, served as editor-in-chief of Preventive Dentistry Canada, and was a quality assurance assessor for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. Her dynamic presentation style coupled with her passion for enhancing the practice of dental hygiene create clinically relevant learning experiences that aren’t to be missed!

Brickle, Colleen M, RDH, RF, EdD

Colleen Brickle is dean of health sciences at Normandale Community College, one of 30 colleges and 7 universities in the Minnesota State system. She also serves as a program specialist for dental hygiene baccalaureate and master’s education programs at Metropolitan State University. Colleen graduated with a dental hygiene degree from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and has been a licensed dental hygienist for 41 years. She completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instructional design in 1988 (University of Minnesota) and her doctorate in health care education in 2000 (Nova Southeastern in Florida). Colleen has received numerous awards and recognition for her community service, teaching excellence, and educational advancements in dental hygiene and dental therapy. She is a passionate advocate for the underserved and promotes innovation and curricular changes in health care education in an effort to ensure that those most in need in our communities receive the care to which they are entitled.

Dahlseide, Paulette, RDH, BSc(DH)

Paulette Dahlseide graduated from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program in 1994 and completed her Bachelor of Science (dental hygiene specialization) in 2014 through the University of Alberta distance learning degree completion program. Her practice, Providence Dental Hygiene, is centred in Cold Lake, Alberta, where her storefront and mobile clinic have served the city and surrounding Métis and First Nations communities since December 2010. Paulette was honoured to be given the Cold Lake Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in October 2016. She is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and was awarded Métis Woman Leader of the Year in spring 2017 at the fourth annual MNA provincial business awards.

Dufour, Lisette, RDH

Lisette Dufour, a registered dental hygienist, graduated in 1985 from Cambrian College in Ontario. Before joining the federal civil service, she worked as a clinical dental hygienist for 17 years in northern Ontario and in the national capital region, was a part-time clinician/clinical coordinator at a community college dental hygiene program, and worked for five years with a benefits company as a senior dental claims specialist. For the past 12 years, Lisette has held program management positions with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB), and the Office of the Chief Dental Officer where she currently serves as senior oral health advisor, managing oral health surveillance from a national perspective.

Feller, Andrea, MD, MS, FAAP, FACPM

Andrea Feller is board certified in both pediatrics and preventive medicine. She joined the Niagara Region Public Health Department as associate medical officer of health in August 2006, where she concentrates her efforts in the areas of chronic disease and injury prevention and family health. She currently co-chairs the Healthy Human Development table and the Public Health Early Years group. Previously she co-chaired the Low Income Dental Integration Implementation Technical Advisory Committee. Andrea is the co-author of the Canadian version of Smiles for Life, an online oral health curriculum for non-dental health care professionals. In addition, she is a part-time assistant professor in both the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and a part-time adjunct professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Forrest, Jane L, RDH, EdD

Jane Forrest is a professor of clinical dentistry and section chair for behavioral science at the Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, and the director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice. She is an internationally recognized author and presenter on evidence-based decision making (EBDM), and was involved in the preparation of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) white paper on evidence-based decision making in dental hygiene. Jane also served on the planning committee for the American Dental Association’s champion’s conference on EBD. Her publications include book chapters on EBDM for Clinical Periodontology and for Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice, and she is the lead co-author of two textbooks, the most recent being Evidence-Based Decision Making: Developing Competence in EB Practice. Jane was one of the first recipients of the ADHA/Warner Lambert Award for Professional Excellence in Dental Hygiene and is a recipient of the Oral/Dental Hygiene Researcher Award presented by the Oral Health Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research.

Freeman, Sophie, 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, and 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.

Fried, Jacquelyn L, MS

Jacquelyn Fried is associate professor and director of interprofessional initiatives at the University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry and is actively involved in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). She obtained her undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University and earned her master's degree in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University. Jacquelyn’s research interests include interprofessional education, scientific writing, prevention and cessation of nicotine addiction, head and neck cancer, and HPV. She is published widely, is a national and international speaker, and has received awards for her teaching abilities. Jacquelyn is a past recipient of the ADHA/Warner Lambert Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene and, in 2011, she received Old Dominion University’s Outstanding Alumni Award. She was named one of Maryland’s top 100 women in 2015 and, in 2016, was given ADHA’s Irene Newman Award for advancing the art and science of dental hygiene.

Galloro, Giulia, RDH, BSc(DH)

Giulia Galloro joined the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) in February 2016 as practice advisor; she also oversees the college’s patient relations committee. Prior to joining CDHO, Giulia practised in clinical dental hygiene in Toronto and Brampton for over 15 years and worked as a clinical dental hygiene instructor for nine years at an accredited dental hygiene program in Toronto.

Giulia completed her diplomas in dental assisting and dental hygiene from George Brown College. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia and has been a registrant of the college since 2001.

Grisdale, Jim, BA, DDS, DipProsth, DipPerio, MRCD(C)

Jim Grisdale is a board-certified specialist in periodontics and prosthodontics with a part-time private practice in periodontics and implants in Vancouver, British Columbia. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a postgraduate degree in restorative dentistry and prosthodontics, at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He then went on to the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he earned another postgraduate degree in periodontics. A former full-time faculty member in the Department of Periodontics Graduate Periodontics Program at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, Jim remains active there as a sessional lecturer. He is also a sessional lecturer in the continuing dental education program at UBC. Jim lectures extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, and Europe, and is participates actively in clinical research and the study of contemporary periodontal products. He has published in the area of treatment for dentin sensitivity, implants, bone regeneration, and soft tissue periodontal adhesives.

Hebbes, Trudy, RDH

Trudy Hebbes is a registered dental hygienist, who has worked for 39 years at Toronto Rehab/University Health Network in its fully accredited dental care and teaching clinic. Trudy received her certificate in hospital dental hygiene in 1989 from McGill University/John Abbott College. Between 1994 and 1997, she worked as a dental hygienist at the Sioux Lookout Zone hospital, travelling to remote areas for two weeks at a time to provide dental hygiene care and oral health education to people in First Nations communities. In 1997, she served as a reviewer for the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada for Health Facility, Dental Services. Trudy’s varied hospital experiences have allowed her to treat, teach, educate, research, and collaborate with other health care professionals explicitly for improving oral health and systemic health in a hospital setting.

Horowitz, Alice M, RDH, PhD

Alice Horowitz holds a PhD in health education and is a research associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Formerly a senior scientist at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), she has carried out extensive work in dental caries prevention and early detection. Alice was a pioneer in tackling health literacy in dentistry and was one of the authors of the first NIH Program Announcement addressing health literacy. She is a co-chair of the education/health literacy subcommittee of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition, and also organized the NIDCR’s workshop on oral health literacy, co-authoring the resultant findings. In addition, Alice was the NIH lead for the Healthy People 2010 Oral Health Chapter and served on the recent Institute of Medicine’s panel, Advancing Oral Health in America. She has published over 130 scientific papers and book chapters and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Hurlbutt, Michelle, RDH, DHSc

Michelle Hurlbutt has enjoyed a varied career in dental hygiene, working in private practice, public health, the corporate world, and education, in addition to consulting and writing. She is currently dean of dental hygiene at West Coast University in Anaheim, California, and holds a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Science in dental hygiene education from the University of Missouri‒Kansas City, and a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. A long-time advocate of caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA), Michelle serves as a counselor in the national CAMBRA Coalition. She has taught a variety of courses including cariology, nutrition, pharmacology, preventive dentistry, radiology, medically compromised care, and research, and has served on the Dental Hygiene Committee of California since 2009. A career-long member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Michelle is a past president of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Nebraska Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Jones, Jo-Anne, RDH

Jo-Anne Jones is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning speaker who captivates audiences with her knowledge, passion, and sense of humour. She is the president of an educational and clinical training company and was selected as one of the Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry in 2015. Jo-Anne joins the 2017 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 7th consecutive year, and continues to be a sought-after writer for professional publications. She is also a key opinion leader for many dental corporations. Her frank and open lecture style complemented by the provision of educational and clinical resources has earned Jo-Anne many loyal followers both nationally and internationally. The Elizabeth Craig Award of Distinction was presented to Jo-Anne in recognition of her exceptional and ongoing commitment to promoting the dental hygiene profession.

Kinney, Janet, RDH, MS

Janet Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene, a Master of Science in dental hygiene, and a Master of Science in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan. She is currently the director of dental hygiene at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and teaches in the entry-level and MSDH programs. Her clinical experience is in both general dentistry and periodontics, and her clinical research focusses on salivary diagnostics. In particular, Janet’s research investigates the role of oral fluid biomarkers, alone or in conjunction with pathogens, as predictors of periodontal disease progression. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association.

Laronde, Denise, PhD

Denise Laronde is an associate professor in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an affiliated scientist with both the BC Cancer Agency and the Fraser Health Authority. The goal of her research is to reduce the barriers to screening and the early detection of oral cancer and precancer. As community and clinical leader of the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program, Denise’s work encompasses a variety of areas including oral cancer screening, early detection and risk assessment, and head and neck cancer survivorship. She oversees the Next Gen clinics, which follow patients with oral dysplasia over time to assess risk of progression to cancer, as well as provide follow-up for patients with high-risk disease from underserved communities. Denise earned her diploma in dental hygiene from Vancouver Community College, her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Master of Science (Dental Science) from UBC, and her PhD (Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology) from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Lavigne, Salme E, RDH, PhD

Salme Lavigne holds a diploma in dental hygiene from the University of Toronto, a bachelor’s degree in biomedical anthropology from Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario), a Master of Science in dental hygiene from the University of Missouri-Kansas-City, and a PhD in Community Health Sciences & Epidemiology Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She was founder and coordinator of dental programs at Confederation College in Thunder Bay; chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Wichita State University; and professor and director of the School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include oral‒systemic medicine, periodontology, and the older institutionalized adult. Salme has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, has authored three textbook chapters, and delivered over 100 professional presentations nationally and internationally. Over the years, Salme has also served as president of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and as chair of the Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research & Education. She is currently scientific editor of the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Nanne, Shannon M, RDH

As the executive director of The Global Oral Cancer Forum, Shannon helps to educate health professionals and promote the changes required to reduce the incidence, morbidity, and mortality rates of oral cancer worldwide. Shannon graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1994. She has authored articles in RDH Magazine, the Journal of Public Health, In Focus, and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Shannon also is a key opinion leader for several companies, publications, and associations, and an ambassador with The Oral Cancer Foundation. She has held an executive board position in the Cleveland Dental Hygiene Association for over 14 years and continues to create awareness of oral cancer and its horrific side effects.

Naughton, Doreen K, RDH, BSDH

Doreen Naughton is a clinician, educator, consultant, author, presenter, and the sole proprietor of Dental Hygiene Health Services. Over the past 28 years, she has provided dental hygiene care to over 3,600 adults in alternate living facilities. She has served as president of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association, District XII Trustee for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and has received recognition and awards including the ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award in 2000.

Prendergast, Virginia, NP, PhD

Virginia Prendergast is internationally recognized for her work and leadership in nursing education, research, and the care of hospitalized patients. She earned her PhD from the University of Lund, Sweden, where she studied the safety and efficacy of comprehensive oral hygiene for ICU patients, and she continues her research with an emphasis on bedside oral assessments and development of a comprehensive oral care protocol to promote oral hygiene and comfort. Virginia has been at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, for more than 30 years; she currently serves as director of advanced practice nursing and evidence-based practice. She has been invited as a guest lecturer to conferences throughout North America, China, Japan, and Europe, and has served as a mentor to graduate nurses from around the world. Virginia is on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, has served as president of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and as president of the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses, and is eternally grateful for the work that dental hygienists do!

Quiñonez, Carlos, DMD, PhD, FRCD(C)

Carlos Quiñonez is a dental public health specialist and researcher. A recognized leader internationally on oral health care policy and access to oral health care, he is associate professor and director of the Specialty Training Program in Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. His research program centres on the politics and economics of dentistry, with a specific focus on health and social equity.

Sohi, Balbir, RDH, MSc

ABalbir Sohi is a successful business entrepreneur and owner of Smiles on Wheels, a Dragon’s Den-winning mobile dental hygiene concept. She is also the founder of My Dream Smile, a socially driven not-for-profit organization that raises awareness of oral health and its importance to overall health. In addition, Balbir is the host of a local television program, “Health Talk with Balbir,” and the annual event, Let’s Walk Health, and she works with Colgate as an oral health advocate in schools as part of its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® program. Committed to community development, Balbir plays an active role in many local organizations, sharing her time and business expertise. She has been a recipient of many community awards and was named one of the Brampton Board of Trade’s Top 40 under 40 in June 2017.

Spolarich, Ann Eshenaur, RDH, PhD

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients. She has presented over 900 lectures and has more than 100 professional publications. She is a professor, course director of clinical medicine and pharmacology, and director of research at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, where she also teaches part-time in the Special Care Clinic. Ann is also associate director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice. In 2016, Ann was among the first of four dental hygienists in the United States to receive fellowship status in special care dental hygiene from the Special Care Dentistry Association. Ann practises dental hygiene part-time, specializing in geriatrics.

White, Linda, RDH

After joining the military in 1983 as a dental assistant, Linda White proceeded to dental hygiene training in 1990, graduating from the Canadian Forces Dental Services School later that year. Linda enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the Royal Canadian Dental Corps. One of the highlights was serving in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she was the first dental hygienist to deploy with the Canadian Field Hospital on OP ATHENA in 2003. After rising through the ranks to Master Warrant Officer, Linda recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and now enjoys spending time with her family and dogs at her home in New Brunswick.

Wilder, Rebecca S, RDH, MS

Rebecca S Wilder is professor and director of faculty development and the director of the Master of Science Degree Program in dental hygiene education at the University of North Carolina‒Chapel Hill School of Dentistry (UNC). She is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dental Hygiene, published by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). Rebecca has served as president of the Oral Health Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research. She has received numerous awards including the Pfizer/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene and the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Missouri‒Kansas City. In 2012, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the dental honorary society, and recently received the inaugural UNC School of Dentistry Faculty Mentoring Award. Rebecca has over 200 publications and speaks internationally in the areas of nonsurgical periodontal therapy, oral-systemic health, and communication strategies for increasing client adherence to oral health.