North Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association
President's Message Summer 2015

“We can drive change or we can do nothing and let others decide what changes they want to make on our behalf.”

The profession of dental hygiene is definitely in a state of transformation, we are using our skills and knowledge to advance our profession and move forward as primary care providers. We have been collaborating with many groups over the last year in hopes of finding ways to use our dental hygiene skills in nontraditional settings. This will help bring dental care to those with the greatest need.

Sometimes, I find it hard to think outside the box and do things differently. As hygienists, we get stuck in the same rut, doing things the same way day after day. We need to start thinking differently about what we do. Technology is moving forward exponentially allowing us to work in a setting other than the traditional dental office. The oral-systemic link and the access to care issues are allowing us to think about ways to collaborate with healthcare professionals for total body health and innovative ways to provide dental care to patients.

We, as dental hygienists, are part of the oral - systemic puzzle. We are the prevention specialists. We are experts on inflammation. We are an integral part of whole body health. We need to create a unified message about who we are and what we do to incorporate our education, licensure, and skill, with our ability to be forward thinkers.

Every dental hygienist and their vision deserve a voice in our organization. At the end of the day we are all on the same team. The North Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association is here for you and we want to hear your voice. We want to see you get involved. We are excited about the future of dental hygiene and hope that you share that excitement with us.

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ― Alan W. Watts

Rachelle Gustafson, NDDHA President

Rachelle Gustafson
NDDHA President

District VII Trustee Corner...

Tammy Filipiak RDH, MS installed as ADHA District VII Trustee

Tammy Filipiak was elected by the delegates of District VII (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota) in May at the District meeting to serve as the District VII ADHA Trustee. She was installed at the ADHA annual session in Boston in June and will serve a two year term as Trustee. Tammy has been a member of ADHA since she was a student (over 25 years) and has served many positions at the local, state and national level, including President of WDHA in 2001-02 and most recently as the Chair of the ADHA Council on Policy and Bylaws. Tammy's educational background includes an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Northcentral Technical College in WI, a Bachelors Degree in Business, and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Quality.

To improve the public's total health, the mission of the North Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by increasing the awareness of and ensuring access to quality oral health care, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.
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