I am deeply humbled to be the President of the North Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association. I have watched my predecessors work tirelessly on behalf of our association and I know that I have very big shoes to fill. I fully embrace the opportunity and I am genuinely excited about the future of this association and our great profession.
These are exciting times as we work toward transforming the practice of dental hygiene to better meet the needs of the public and the patients we serve. Being passionate about making a difference in the oral and overall health of those around you can be very empowering! As professional health care providers, we must be poised to embrace change, adapt to new working environments, and be ready to navigate unchartered territory to overcome barriers to care.
The goals for our Board and for the year will revolve around assessing where we are, where we want to go, and utilizing our strategically plan to get there. I encourage you to reach out to the board, let us hear from you, the good as well as the bad. As for potential members, I encourage you to join, participate and reap the benefits of membership such as reduced continuing education fees and professional development opportunities, networking opportunities, and enjoyable volunteer experiences. We all play a role in shaping our profession and collectively we can do more than we can individually. The future of dental hygiene is dependent on a strong association which needs the support of its members. I encourage you to check out our NDDHA website as well as the ADHA website and resources.
As we approach the end of 2015, hopefully you are inspired by how far we have come as a profession and the unlimited possibilities ahead. I hope you will be able to spend some time with family and friends, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Judy Bernat, RDH, LNHA, MBA
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you all as the new ADHA District VII Trustee, especially those of you who I don’t know or haven't had the pleasure of meeting. I am very excited to serve in this new role during this exciting time for our profession. My name is Matt Crespin and I've been a registered dental hygienist in Wisconsin since 2002. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Marquette University in 2002 and received my Master in Public Health from A.T. Still University in 2010.