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President's Message

NDDHA Annual Spring Meeting 2018 Photos

Spring 2018 Vol. 31 No. 1

By Dana Schmit

President’s Message by Dana Schmit


I’m sitting here on another cold and windy winter morning in North Dakota wondering when Spring will decide to show up (and hopefully stick around).  I know I shouldn’t complain as I have willingly decided to live in North Dakota, but often find myself wondering what on earth I was thinking when venturing out into the cold.  One of my greatest reprieves this year has been knowing my winter traveling would be less than the previous.  2018 is an interim year for our state legislature which means I have more time at home with my family and fewer nights spent on phone calls and emails keeping up with what is going on.  I’m enjoying the time to connect with my twin boys (who are now 5 and constantly moving unless they are asleep) and keeping up with our extended family.

District VII Trustee Corner

Rachelle Gustafson

Meet Rachelle Gustafson


Rachelle Gustafson, RDH, District VII Trustee is from Grand Forks ND. She graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in 1997 and is in the process of completing her Bachelors of Dental Hygiene at Minnesota State University Mankato. She plans to continue her education with the goal of receiving a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Rachelle has worked as a hygienist for 20 years with the first 10 years of her profession working in a small private office before making the change to work in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Currently, she works part time as a clinical hygienist at Valley Community Health Centers and spends the remainder of her days helping individuals explore options that will help make their health care and dental care affordable. Rachelle has also had the great pleasure of work with two different school based sealant programs. One program “Smart Smiles” was developed with a private practice office and she is currently working to develop and implement a school based sealant program within the FQHC.  She enjoys new challenges and understands the importance of bringing care to children who may not have the opportunity to receive it otherwise.


Rachelle and her husband Ryan have two children. Mikayla (22) will be starting graduate school at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Doctorate of Audiology program. Travis (17) will be a senior in high school. He recently earned his Eagle Scout award and plans to further his education upon graduation studying Mechanical or Computer Hardware Engineering. Rachelle and her family enjoy spending time with family at the lake in MN, attending automobile races, and cheering on the Steelers. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, photography, and scrapbooking. During the long cold North Dakota winters, you will find Rachelle relaxing with a good book or watching a movie with her “Baby Girl” Daisy (5-year-old King Charles Caviler) curled up on her lap.


Rachelle is proud to be a member of the ADHA and has enjoyed the friendship she has formed through her involvement. She has held various positions on the NDDHA Board of Trustees. Those positions include Secretary, Treasurer, President Elect, President, Past President, ADHA Delegate (3 years) and Legislative Chair (2 years). In 2014, Rachelle was honored by the NDDHA as Outstanding Hygienist of the year.



Rachelle is excited to continue her journey in leadership and looks forward to the friendships that will form along the way.  Rachelle believes that by working together we can make a difference.


Rachelle Gustafson, RDH
ADHA District VII Trustee
Grand Forks, North Dakota

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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