Dental Hygienists' Association
NJDHA presents the Gurenlian Leadership Award to a graduate at each of the dental hygiene programs. NJDHA welcome these future leaders to the profession:
German Pachon, Eastern International College on 4.27.18
Taylor Paglione, Rowan College at Burlington County on 4.28.18
Ashlee Rogalsky, Bergen County College on 5.4.18
Alyssa Dockweiler, Middlesex County College on 5.14.18
Jessica Garwood, Camden County College on 5.15.18
Congratulations to Athena Chen (RCBC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2018 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Kelsey Meehan (CCC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2018 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Heather Alexander (MCC 2018 graduate), recipient of Central-NJDHA's 2018 Mara Sculler Award.
Congratulations to Jean Rath, RDH (Southern), recipient of a 2017 Wrigley Company Foundation Grant through ADHA.
Congratulations to Jane Forrest, RDH, EdD (Southern) named by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine's 10th annual event as one of "6 Dental Hygienists to Know" in the research category.
Congratulations to Melissa Obratka, RDH, BBAOM (Northern) named by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine's 10th annual event as one of "6 Dental Hygienists to Know" in the clinical practice category.
Congratulations to Susanna Scherer, RDH (Bergen) winner of the 2017 Westphal Scholarship, presented to a member for degree completion. Click here to read the prize winning essay.
Congratulations to Jane Forrest, RDH, EdD (Southern), the 2017 winner of the NJDHA Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession of Dental Hygiene! Click here to read Jane's essay.
Congratulations to Faith Zimnes, RDH, MA, (Southern) the 2017 winner of the NJDHA Mary Jane Kellogg Dutton Faculty Mentorship Award. Click here to read the RCBC student chapter's nominating essay.
From the ADHA 2017 Jacksonville meeting
Jaclyn Klepaldo, RDH (SouthShore) Philips/Pennwell "Heart to Hands" Award
Congratulations to Denisse Benitez (Rutgers), Winner of 2017 Northern Allers/Rummel Award
Congratulations to Sandra Berger, RDH, BS(Central), the 2016 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award !
Congratulations to Shirley Birenz, RDH, MS (Central) the 2016 winner of the Board of Trustee's Special Award for Service.
Congratulations to Sam Zwetchkenbaum, DMD, the 2016 winner of the award given to a non-RDH for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession.
Congratulations to Adriana Hakobyan (EIC), recipient of the Bergen-NJDHA Award.
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on 10.27.18 at the Princeton WestinClick here
to go to the Exhibitors page for the Prospectus & Exhibitor registration form.
NJDHA History Corner
Reports from time to time
Historian Rhoda Gladstone (Northern)
What were the early years of NJDHA like?
Just Added! Read NJDHA's First Issue of its Journal, November 1955
Click here to see an article from December 1958 that reports the beginning of licensing and forming the association.
Congratulations to Faith Zimnes, RDH, MA
Winner of the 2017 Mary Jane Kellogg Dutton Faculty Mentorship Award Join all of NJDHA in extending congratulations to Faith during Opening Session at GSC. Faith was nominated by her students at Rowan College at Burlington County Dental Hygiene Program. Click here to read the nominating essay.
Congratulations to Jane Forrest, RDH, EdD
Winner of the 2017 Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession Join all of NJDHA in extending congratulations to Jane during Opening Session at GSC. Jane was nominated by her Winnie Furnari (Bergen). Click here to read Jane’s essay.
Congratulations to Susanna Scherer, RDH
Winner of the 2017 Wetphal Scholarship, presented to a member completing their degree
Join all of NJDHA in extending congratulations to Susannah during Opening Session at GSC. Click Here
to read Susannah's essay.
Special Needs Day - 10.17.17
EIC In Partnership with NJDHA
A. Harry Moore School- Free Preventive Healthcare Day: A. Harry Moore School, a school for special needs children, in which dental hygiene senior students from Eastern International College were honored to visit and treat sixty children on 10.17.17. These children were treated with the utmost respect, providing dental screening, and if possible, prophylaxis treatment including tooth brushing and applying topical fluoride. This was such a rewarding experience for all those involved.
NJDHA Oral Cancer Screenings
This outreach to senior centers & health fairs reaches seniors and refers them to dental offices for complete care. Events in the last year have included:
5.7.18 at the Elizabeth Senior Center
Organized by Luz Munera (Northern) with Dr. Ethan Glickman onsite
Linda Knudsen, RDH (Northern), Erica Garcia, RDH (Northern) and Lea D'Angelo (Southern) provided care at this event. NJDHA thanks Crosstex, Hu-Friedy, Colgate,Microflex, GSK, and Sunstar for supporting this event!
10.19.17 at the Salem Health Fair
Organized by Lee Ann Simmons (Southern), with Dr. Ethan Glickman onsite
Thanks to Delaware Technical Community College for donating supplies!
9.23.17 at the Rahway Senior Health Center
Organized by Dana Farrell (Northern), with Dr. Ethan Glickman onsite
Linda Knudsen, RDH (Northern) & Pat Fernandez, RDH (Bergen) provided care, and Erica Garcia, RDH (Northern) assisted. .
Fluoride Varnish Outreach
This outreach to per-schoolers provides screenings, fluoride varnish, education, and referral to dental offices. Events in the last year have included:
August 2, 2018 with Jamesburg
Linda Knudsen, RDH (Northern), Kim Attanasi, RDH (Northern), & Yvonne Goldman, RDH (Northern) provided care.
May 22 & 24, 2018 with Jamesburg
Linda Knudsen, RDH (Northern), Kim Attanasi, RDH (Northern), & Yvonne Goldman, RDH (Northern) provided care. RCBC students, with Faculty Linda Hecker, participated in the event!
November 16 & 30, 2017 with Hamilton Head StartLinda Knudsen, RDH (Northern), Kim Attanasi, RDH (Northern), & Yvonne Goldman, RDH (Northern)
November 5,6,& 7, 2017 education for Hamilton Head Start parents & staffLinda Knudsen, RDH (Northern),
Kim Attanasi, RDH (Northern),
Yvonne Goldman, RDH (Northern),
Hilda Mallol Noel, RDH (Northern),
Denise McSorley, RDH (Cental),
& Tina Modi, RDH (Central)
provided the education.
August 3, 2017 at Jamesburg Summer Camp ProgramLinda Knudsen, RDH (Northern),
Kim Attanasi, RDH (Northern),
& Yvonne Goldman, RDH (Northern)
This program is supported by United Way of Central NJ
and donations from 3M.
Congratulations to Jean Rath, RDH
Recipient of a 2017 Wrigley Company Foundation Grant through ADHA. Jean is the Director for St. Christopher’s’ Foundation for Children Community Oral Health Initiatives program. Congratulations!
EIC & NJDHA Prevention Days
4.17.18 Seniors Day
EIC Students welcomed 25 seniors to the clinic for a day of preventive care. NJDHA Secretary Latanya Williams was on hand for the event.
3.27.18 Special Needs Day
EIC Students visited A.Harry Moore Special Needs School, & saw 58 special needs children, ages ranging from 3 to 21 years old. This event is co-sponsored by NJDHA as part of an outreach to communities of need. NJDHA President Linda Knudsen was on hand for the event!
3.20.18 3rd Grade Day
EIC students welcomed 42 children fomt he local charter school for a day of preventive care.
NJDHA Thanks Premier, Sunstar, and GSK for supporting this program.
NJDHA Thanks the Sponsor of GSC Student NetworkingSunstar Americas
NJDHA Thanks the Sponsor of GSC CE Speaker
NJDHA Thanks the Sponsor of Educator Networking
and the Access to Care Panel
Procter & Gamble
Congratulations to Melissa Obratka, RDH, BBAOM
Congratulations to Melissa Obratka, RDH, BBAOM (Northern) named in December 2017 by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine's 10th annual event as one of "6 Dental Hygienists to Know" in the clinical practice category.
Congratulations to Jane Forrest, RDH, EdD
Congratulations to Jane Forrest, RDH, EdD (Southern) named in December 2017 by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine's 10th annual event as one of "6 Dental Hygienists to Know" in the research category.
Garden State Conference
Friday Evening 10.26.18 & Saturday 10.27.18
Princeton Westin: Click Here to reserve your hotel room in the NJDHA block of rooms To see the webpage for Princeton Westin, and all its amenities, Click Here
Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month - Network with Your community of RDHs!“Together We Can Make a Difference"
ADHA District 2 Meeting
June 2-3, 2018, Bensalem PA
NJDHA's ADHA delegation attended this meeting to prepare for proposals to come before the ADHA Hosue of Delegates in Columbus OH this June. Joining the delegation, was Christian Benitez, CCC student, class of 2019.
front, l to r: Delegates Pat Bocage, Becky Pugh, Winnie Furnari
back, l to r: Delegate Jaci Klepadlo, CCC Student Christian Benitez
NJDHA Delegates to ADHA on 6.20-25, 2018 in Columbus
NJDHA’s delegation balloted for new officers, and voted on new policies, as well as networking, testifying, and running to support IOH!
GSC Featured Speaker
Lancette Van Guilder, RDH, BS, recognized by ADHA with the 2018 Irene Newman Professional Achievement Award
Morning Course for 2 CEUs: "Periodontal Disease Does Not Discriminate Based on Age"
Afternoon Course for 3 CEUs: "Au Naturale: Oral Health and Homeopathic Trends"
Watch for more info on these GSC events:
- General Membership Meeting
- Presidents Reception
- Opening Session
- Access to Care Panel: Extending Our Reach - How NJ RDHs Are Meeting the Needs of the Community; Moderated by Latanya Williams, with panelists Yvonne Goldman, Luz Munera, and Becky Pugh Click Here for Flyer
- Educators Networking: Current Issues in Dental Hygiene Education; moderated by BCC Program Director Deborah Cook
- Student Networking: What are you doing to Change the Future of Dental Hygiene? with panelists Kim Attanasi, Vicky Fedor, and Kathy Sinatra
- Exhibits with DSI/Dental search, GC America, GSK, Glove'n Care, NJSPID, NJ Sales (Cetylite, Avid, Sheer Vision, Tokuyama), Orascoptic, PDT, Premier, Procter & Gamble, Pulpdent, Purell, Sempermed, Sunstar Americas, and more!
You Could Be a Winner! Make a donation to ADHA Institute for Oral Health (suggested donation $15), and be entered in a drawing for a new book - "Authorized Biography of Esther Wilkins - as told by her friends”. Several NJ members are quoted in the book. Winner will be announced at the GSC.
NJDHA Thanks the Sponsor of Continental Breakfast
NJDHA Returns to General Membership Meeting at 2018 GSC
What does this mean for you? All members in attendance will be able to cast ballots to elect new officers, as well as vote on any issue brought to the membership. Business meetings for members will include:
Friday 10.26.18 at 4pm
BOT Meeting & Candidates Forum
Saturday 10.27.18 at 8:30am
Saturday 10.27.18 Lunch, 11:30am
Cast ballots by noon
Election outcome at 1pm
Install new officers
Dental Hygiene BS Degree Program Opening at EIC
EIC is pleased to announce the opening of its online degree-completion program for RDHs seeking a BSDH degree. The program is accredited in all states except California. Call 201 630 2080 for more info.
NJDHA Thanks the Sponsor of Attendee Bags
Dental Studies Institute / Dental Search
Attend Opening Session, and join in congratulating Latanya Williams (Bergen),
winner of the 2018 Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award. Latanya will be there so be sure to shake her hand! Latanya was nominated by Linda Knudsen so be sure to read the attached nominating letter.
Attend & Cheer during Opening session for Dr. Ethan Glickman, identified as the 2018 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession of Dental Hygiene. This award is presented to non-RDHs who have made significant contributions.
EIC Geriatric Day 9.25.18In Partnership with NJDHA
The 3rd annual Geriatric Day at Eastern International College on Tuesday September 25, 2018 was held, despite the bad weather, flooding and storm. Students were able to see 26 geriatric patients ages 60 and above! It was a great day during which our senior dental hygiene students provided quality care to the patients including head and neck exam, oral cancer screening, full mouth examination, debridement, radiographs, fluoride treatment, and denture/prosthesis care. Students also educated the patients about optimal quality of life through good oral care and to help them understand the importance of regular dental visits. Pictured at right is Senior Student Basma Sarsam, treating her patient.
RCBC Students Start New Externship
Rowan College at Burlington County’s dental hygiene student, faculty and nursing faculty were treated to a 1 hour discussion with Angie Stone, RDH, BS the author of Dying from Dirty Teeth: Why the Lack of Proper Oral Care Is Killing Nursing Home Residents and How to Prevent It. Ms. Stone talked about her experiences with the elder community and their unique oral health care conditions. She identified the disconnection of oral care services between the dental and medical fields. This breakdown in collaboration of services occurs from the time when your geriatric patient leaves your dental office practice environment and goes into assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
As our senior population makes their way into these programs, their discontinuation of optimal oral care causes rapid oral health deterioration. This occurrence is linked to the rapid decline in overall health. Angie Stone has experience, evidence-based outcomes and viable protocols in place for elder oral health care and improved quality of life. The only missing ingredient is a large dental hygiene grassroots movement.
RCBC dental hygiene program director Linda Hecker was so inspired by Angie Stone’s book that she is implementing Dying from Dirty Teeth into the senior Public Health curriculum. Senior externships, including brushing and flossing residents’ teeth at a local Assisted Living Community, are in the planning stages. These externships will hopefully begin in the Spring 2019 semester.
Congratulations to Carly Scarano, RDH (Central) Carly is the 2018 recipient of the Westphal scholarship. The scholarship competition is a member-benefit that presents a scholarship to a degree-completion candidate. This year, the scholarship is again valued at $1,000. Be sure to attend Garden State Conference and congratulate her on this achievement. Click Here to read her essay.