Laura A. Mallery-Sayre, RDH, BSDH, MSDHEd, Clinician, Office Manager, Partner, Practice Management Consultant, and Researcher
A practicing clinician for the past 39 years, Ms. Mallery-Sayre is still passionate about dental hygiene. She currently works in her husband’s general and implant practice as a dental hygienist, office manager, and partner. Mallery-Sayre is also very active in organized dental hygiene—from the component to the national level—having served as second vice president in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and five times as a constituent president. A former educator, she now uses her teaching skills as a practice management consultant where she helps other dental offices practice more efficiently.
What has helped you stay passionate about dental hygiene after 39 years?
If you think I’m passionate about clinical hygiene, I am even more passionate about involvement in organized dental hygiene. I am very involved with ADHA and my participation with organized dental hygiene is where I have gained my greatest growth. Every time I have been on a committee, a council, or an office, I have gained information and a higher perspective of what we’re attempting to evolve into as a profession. If there is one piece of advice I could pass on to practicing dental hygienists, it is to encourage them to get involved in their association as it really keeps you passionate about your field.