Six Dental Hygienists

Denise M. Claiborne, PhD, RDH

Denise M. Claiborne, PhD, RDH, is an assistant professor and graduate program director in the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and has more than a decade of experience in both clinical practice and academia. Claiborne’s research expertise is in maternal and child oral health with a focus […]

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Alyssa Aberle, MBA, RDH

Alyssa Aberle, MBA, RDH, has spent her dental hygiene career working with several local nonprofit organizations including Kids In Need of Dentistry, Salud Family Health Centers, Colorado Orthodontic Foundation, and STRIDE Community Health Center. Through her work within these organizations, she decided to increase her knowledge of business operations and management to complement her clinical background.

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Ann M. Bruhn, BSDH, MS

Ann M. Bruhn, BSDH, MS, is an associate professor and chair at the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. An alumna of both the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, she has been teaching at ODU for more than 11 years. In 2018, Bruhn became chair of ODU’s School of

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Beth Jordan, RDH, MS

Beth Jordan, RDH, MS , is a graduate of the Dental Hygiene Program at Westbrook College, University of New England in Portland, Maine, where she worked as adjunct clinical faculty for nearly 10 years and now serves on the college’s advisory committee. She worked in private clinical practice until 2001 when she joined the Procter &

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Kyle R. Isaacs, RDHEP, BHS

Kyle R. Isaacs, RDHEP, BHS, has dentistry in her blood with a dentist dad, dental hygienist mother, and dentist brother. After graduating from what used to be known as the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston, she headed to California where dental hygienists could practice at the top of their license. With a tightening job

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Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS

Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS, has spent more than 22 years as a dental hygienist and educator. She began her career as a dental assistant and medical/dental insurance claims processor. Garland returned to school, earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota in 1998. After working in clinical practice for 5

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Marilynn Rothen, RDH, MS


Marilynn Rothen, RDH, MS, is a clinical professor at the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry in Seattle. She teaches dental hygiene students to provide preventive and restorative oral healthcare to children ages 0 to 5, and she directs the Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences Program for dental hygienists. With nearly 30 years

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Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH, MAADH


Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH, MAADH, is the clinical director of dental services at a nonprofit medical and dental clinic in Tomball, Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, she serves as an adjunct assistant professor at her alma mater. Lovatos speaks nationally and regionally on teledentistry, public health, caring for

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Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS


Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS, has spent the past two decades actively involved in the dental industry as a speaker, author, clinician, and public health advocate. A graduate of the University of South Dakota, she currently resides in Reno, Nevada. A past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association (NDHA), VanGuilder is a recipient of the Nevada

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Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH


The career of Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH, spans nearly 30 years. She is the founder of Side Effect Support LLC, an online resource for patients with cancer and their families, caregivers, and healthcare providers to reduce the harmful oral side effects of treatments.  A graduate of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Dental Hygiene Program, Meyer-Lippert holds a certificate in

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