President's Message

Holiday greetings,

It is hard to believe that fall is almost done and the holiday season is upon us. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and fun filled holiday season. We will be enjoying it between both our families and look forward to the time we get to spend with them all eating lots of food, enjoying each other's company, and making new memories with our little ones.

Recently, while I was wasting some time in a waiting room for an appointment, I had the opportunity to see my Facebook memories from when I attended ADHA's Unleashing Your Potential leadership workshop in November of 2013. It was fun to look back at meeting so many of my fellow hygienists from across the nation, many of which have become friends I enjoy keeping up with and learning from what is working, or not, in their states. My personal and professional growth from ADHA continues to expand and I consider myself fortunate to be able to participate with such an inspiring group of professionals. I encourage you all to look into the multiple opportunities available throughout ADHA and NDDHA to develop and grow on every level.

NDDHA continues to work tirelessly on behalf of our great profession. We continue to follow what is going on in ND as well as looking at other states and what is working that we may be able to utilize here. Teledentistry, expanded functions, outreach options and so many other things are being utilized in many other states and through the connections we make as well as information we are able to get from ADHA we continue to follow these developments. I was excited to hear the NDBODE will be discussing some of these things at their next meeting in Grand Forks on January 13th and 14th. I plan on attending and invite you all to join me to listen to the conversation and information presented. I hope to see you there!

Judy Bernat
NDDHA President
District VII Trustee Corner...
Meet Matthew Crespin

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.

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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