Jamie is our founder and interim president. After spending 8 years in dental public health, she saw a gap she felt she could fill in developing the confidence of RDHs to work in collaborative care environments. Her goal is to change when and how oral health is discussed in the primary care setting and to introduce new programs and systems to the medical model which include hygienists as oral health prevention specialists.
Sarah's passion for advocacy lead her to volunteer for the Maine Dental Hygienists’ Association, and is their current President. Sarah’s passions include helping the dental community advance current practice methods, advocating for programs which allow dental hygienists to practice independently or in non-traditional settings, and working towards career advancement.
Kris has 40+ years in dentistry, is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as a Fellow and accredited Provider with the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. After achieving additional certifications in Caries Management, Sleep Care Coordination and Oncology Care, she acts as a Key Opinion Leader in the dental industry. Kris is a published author, international speaker and has been interviewed numerous times for her expertise. She is Owner/CEO of Oral Health Promotion Strategies, providing resources, product information, education and coaching services for health professionals, consumers, advocacy and support groups.
Luahna completed her Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice licensure and began working with people that have special needs. While serving patients, she became immersed in a wide variety of community-based dental programs. She also became an adjunct faculty member for a local university, working with dental students in a community-based dental education program.
These experiences inspired Luahna to expand her professional practice and engage in numerous speaking engagements. She also sought out and bridged partnerships with community stakeholders and has conducted numerous workshops and lectures, which significantly impacted school nursing staff and the students they served. Luahna has gone on to work as a Clinical Training Manager for a teledentistry program, serving children in schools and pediatric medical offices.
Kendra has evolved from a dental assistant, clinical dental hygienist, dental hygiene educator, and speaker, to a DSO Clinical Leader.
She has worked in private practice, government, and corporate settings within the dental field.
She is highly active in her professional organization, currently serving as President of Georgia’s Dental Hygiene Association.
Her passion lies in elevating dentistry to increase the quality of care to the public, which includes
evidence-based procedures and protocols with interprofessional integration.
Jennifer is a Past-President and Legislative Chair for the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association. She earned a Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and moved to Maryland to pursue a faculty position in the dental hygiene program at Hagerstown Community College in 2015. Jennifer is also a nationally certified and state licensed pharmacy technician. She loves that she is able to combine her two passions to advocate for total personal wellness, access to care, and increased health literacy in the community.
Julie has been advocating for the collaboration of healthcare and dental hygiene since graduating from hygiene school in 2000. Over the past 20+ years, Julie has refined systems for educating patients and care teams regarding the necessity of reducing inflammatory burdens associated with unhealthy oral microbiomes. She is passionate about broadening the scope of communication, so hygienists can become more readily involved in healthcare all over the country. She holds certification in Accelerated Training in Health IT for Clinical Professionals from Emory University.