Faculty of Presenters, Dental Experts Connecting With You

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Amanda Reddington, LDH, MHA, CDA, EFDA

Amanda Reddington is a clinical assistant professor of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at the University of Southern Indiana located in Evansville Indiana. Amanda graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2009 with her Bachelors in dental hygiene, and again in 2011 with her Masters in health administration. Mrs. Reddington has spent her career promoting team based, individualized patient care in public health, private practice, and educational settings. She passionately participates in multiple interprofessional education/collaboration activities with her students, and works closely with other health care providers to help establish guidelines for early detection of oral and systemic diseases. Amanda is also active in her local, state, and national Dental Assisting professional organizations where she advocates for all dental professionals.

Mr. Hamid John, RDH, BcHS(c)

For the past few years has been serving on the Board of Directors for a medical and dental charity called Health Missions Outreach. He organizes practitioners to donate their clinical expertise in order to help thousands of needy individuals and families at home in Canada and overseas. His passion to work with the needy has led him to be selected as Clinical Director for the Special Smiles dental team for the Special Olympics. This role has granted Hamid access to advocate for the improvement in care for individuals with various disabilities, and to educate dental professionals in the possible behavioral and oral health complications that they may present. He is a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and Ontario Dental Hygienist Association. Hamid has his own independent dental hygiene practice and is the Community Coordinator and a Clinical Instructor at the Canadian Academy of Dental Health.

Nancy Foster, CDA, EFDA, RDH, EdM

Nancy Foster is an assistant professor of dental health at the University of Maine at Augusta. She teaches both first and second year dental hygiene students in a wide array of didactic and clinical courses including; Community Dentistry, Periodontology, and Oral Health for Target and Special Needs Populations. She also practices clinical dental hygiene part-time in Bangor at a practice limited to periodontics. Nancy is a complaint officer and current member of the Maine Board of Dental Practice and enjoys serving the citizens of Maine in this capacity. She is a member and dental hygiene clinical examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency and Assessment (CDCA).

Early in her career, Nancy worked in the non-surgical periodontal practice at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Nancy also held a position as a clinical research co-investigator at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She worked with both industry and governmental entities on a variety of research projects for several years. She has co-authored a multitude of research articles that appeared in the Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist, and the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Nancy has a passion for everything that promotes and advocates for oral disease prevention.

Merri Jones, RDH, MSDH

Merri Jones is Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University (EWU). She graduated from Yakima Valley College in 1982 with her AAS degree in Dental Hygiene. She completed her BSDH at the University of Washington (UW) in 2004 and earned her MSDH from Idaho State University in 2010. She currently teaches a variety of didactic courses in the EWU BSDH and MSDH programs and serves as Community Outreach Coordinator. She is adjunct faculty in the UW School of Dentistry RIDE program at the EWU Spokane campus. She serves as a reviewer for the Dimensions in Dental Hygiene Journal and the Journal of Dental Education. Her research interests include interprofessional education, dental public health, and care of special populations.

Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH, MHA

Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH, MHA graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Baylor College of Dentistry in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

She has held numerous leadership roles in the tripartite of the American/Texas/Dallas Dental Hygiene Associations. She is an author, clinician, educator and international speaker and is currently guest speaking for Colgate and Forward Science.

Lisa is the dental hygiene program director at Concorde Career College in San Antonio, TX and also teaches pharmacology, research, special needs and research. She has published numerous articles and written peer-reviewed continuing education courses on a broad range of topics for RDH, Dental Economics, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Canadian Dental Journal, and Access.

Sheryl Syme, RDH, MS

Sheryl Syme is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMDSOD) and is Director of the B.S. Degree Completion Program and Director of Curriculum Management in the Division of Dental Hygiene. Sheryl was honored as the 2016 UMDSOD Linda DeVore Dental Hygiene Alumni of the Year. She teaches dental hygiene students in the care and management of patents with special needs and HIV/AIDS in UMDSOD’s Special Care & Geriatric and Plus Clinics. She is course director for community oral health, patients with special needs, and educational program development courses and directs the degree completion practicum courses. Sheryl teaches preventive geriatric oral health care and recognition of child, vulnerable adult and elder maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking to dental and dental hygiene students and in continuing education programs for licensed dental professionals. She is the Director of Education for the non-profit Mid-Atlantic P.A.N.D.A (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness) Coalition and authored recent peer-reviewed papers on Human Trafficking and has co-written chapters on family violence recognition for dental hygiene textbooks. Sheryl has been the state Clinical Director for the Maryland Special Olympics Special Smiles Program since 2007. In 2013, she was honored with the Kathy Lyter Community Hero Award from the Maryland Dental Action Coalition and in 2016, was awarded grants from the DentaQuest Foundation and ADHA Institute for Oral Health Wrigley Foundation Community Service Program. In 2015, she served as an oral health screener of school children for the State of Maryland Oral Health Survey 2015-2016. Sheryl was twice Chair of the ADHA’s Grants Review Committee, mostly recently from 2011-2014 and has served as an editorial review board member for the Journal of Dental Hygiene since 1998. From 2004 to 2010, Sheryl served as dental hygiene curriculum consultant site visitor for the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation and as curriculum expert for the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, National Board Dental Hygiene I Basic Sciences (2005-2010) and Clinical DH Services Test Construction II (2011-2015) Committees.

Alcinda K Trickett Shockey, BS MA DHSc CHS-IV CTTS CNTA

Dr. Shockey is a graduate pf the West Virginia University School of Dentistry Department of Dental Hygiene. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Masters of Art in Public Health Education. She has been honored as a Community Fellow from West Virginia University and as a Graduate Scholar from the Southeastern United States Public Health Leadership Institute at University of North Carolina and CDC. She completed over 24 Masters’ Plus hours in vocational education. She has earned her Doctor of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University in Miami-Dade, Florida. While a graduate student there, she was elected Secretary of the Student Body.

Dr. Shockey has served in many capacities during her employment history. She has taught on the pre-school, secondary, and post-secondary levels for many years. After several years, she retired from public health service where she worked in various capacities from “in the trenches” to administration. She has been a health educator, direct patient care provider, and local health department administrator, as well as, a secondary education teacher in vocational education excelling to be selected as a member of Omicron Tau Theta – Vocational Education Honor Society. She is a Diplomate in Homeland Security and is a certified National Threat Analyst. She actively participated in several public health rescue and recovery missions, as well as, Missions of Mercy campaigns. She is a certified Forensic Examiner, a medical examiner, an oral myofunctional disorder therapist, and an orthodontic dental hygienist. She held licenses in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and, presently, West Virginia-where she works.

As a WVU tenured faculty member, Dr. Shockey holds a Public Health Permit and General Supervision Permit, as well as, permits for dentition bleaching, monitoring nitrous oxide, basic disaster life support, and local anesthesia administration privileges. She is extremely active in dental research being published in several peer-reviewed journals and sits on the WVU SOD Research Committee. She serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the West Virginia section of the American Association of Dental Researchers and is a member of the IADR/AADR. She is a regular member of the Graduate Research Faculty. She is chair of the Dental Hygiene Recruitment Committee and sits on many Dental School committees, as well as, being an elected member of Sigma Phi Alpha. She served Secretary-Treasurer and, is presently, President. She is an active member of ADHA and has served as SADHA advisor since 2008. She serves on the WVU Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee for several years. In 2011, she was awarded for her teaching contributions at the West Virginia Greatest Teachers seminar. She is a Teaching Scholar graduate. She was inducted into the Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She serves as a member of the Dental Caucus of the WVU Health Sciences Center Faculty Advisory Council as Caucus chair. She serves as Secretary for this council, as well as, a Senator of the WVU Faculty Senate. Also, she serves as Chair of the WV Oral Health Coalition and President of the WVU Extension Master Gardeners’ Association.

Jennifer Marie Meyer, RDH, BS, Assistant Instructor of Dental Hygiene Southern Illinois University

Jennifer received her Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene and her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Southern Illinois University. Jennifer is an assistant instructor of dental hygiene at Southern Illinois University, receiving the School of Allied Health Term Teacher of the year award. She is the SIU GKAS program and received the Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute (GKAS Institute) Ambassador award in October of 2013.

Nadine Russell, RDH, B.Sc. Program Director, Southern Ontario Dental College

With a diverse 20 year dental career, Nadine Russell shares her insights and expertise with enthusiasm. Nadine’s background consists of chairside assisting, clinical dental hygiene, administrative and treatment co-ordination positions. Nadine is an experienced Practice Management Consultant, Published Author and International Speaker.

Nadine’s clinical experiences have been focused on working with individuals with special needs, those with dental anxiety and the medically compromised. As a mother of children with exceptional needs, it gives her a unique perspective in working with this population of clientele. Having a true passion for sharing her knowledge motivates Nadine to stimulate meaningful discussions with her peers.

Angelina E. Riccelli, RDH, MS

Ms. Riccelli is a 1974 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine Dental Hygiene Program. She received her BS (Natural Science) in 1974 and an MS (education track) in 1984 from the School of Health Related Professions, University of Pittsburgh. Her current academic rank is Associate Professor; and she has served as Director of the Dental Hygiene Program from 1992 to present.Ms. Riccelli serves, or has served, on the regional and national level as: member of ADEA Student Financial Aid Advisory Committee (SFACC) Task Force; consult to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA) in the capacity of a dental hygiene clinical examiner and captain 1999- present, desk coordinator for CDCA dental clinical examinations, 2014-present; member of the ADLEX Dental Hygiene Examination Committee 2007-2012; officer of the Oral/Dental Hygiene Research Group, International Association for Dental Research 1995-1999, chair in 1999; member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Oral Health Institute 1998-2004, chair 2004; consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) 1998-2003; and serves as a reviewer for the Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Journal; and member of the University of Pittsburgh Senate Benefits and Welfare Committee 2007- present, chair 2011 to 2015. Her research interests include: aggressive form of periodontal disease, association between oral and systemic health, the importance of self-care and prevention of dental diseases, interporfessional education and training, and works in collaboration with the Graduate School of Nursing in areas of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) student interprofessional education and training.

Rachel Grochowski Coffee, CDA, RDH, MS

Rachel Grochowski Coffee, CDA, RDH, MS, is the Director of Dental Health at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA. She is a former Oral Care Consultant for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. She has been a licensed dental hygienist for 14 years practicing in northeast PA. She has worked as an adjunct clinical instructor in the 2 nd year clinic at Luzerne County Community College. She is a current member of the America Dental Hygiene Association and serves as board member of her local component in PA. She was awarded an honoree membership into Sigma Phi Alpha a national dental hygiene honor society where they recognize scholarship, leadership, and service. She is the current President of Beta Beta Chi the local chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha honor society.

Mildred Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS

Mildred Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS is a dental hygiene instructor in the Dental Hygiene Department at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. She completed her undergraduate degree in dental hygiene at Augusta University, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia, in 2003 and was inducted into the dental hygiene honor society, Sigma Phi Alpha. During her seven year employment in private practice, Mrs. Mathis participated in two mission trips to Ecuador (2003) and Honduras (2004) before obtaining a second bachelor’s degree in Middle Grade Education with a focus in Math and Science from Brenau University in 2010. Leaving the dental field for several years, Mrs. Mathis taught high school mathematics and middle school healthcare science before returning to her alma mater as a clinical instructor and course director for microbiology in January 2014. She obtained her master’s degree in Biology at Clemson University in December of 2014.

Carrie Hanson, RDH, EdD

Carrie Hanson, RDH, EdD, is Director of the Dental Hygiene Program at Johnson County Community College. She was formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Dentistry, in the Division of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Hanson has been practicing and teaching for over 30 years. During her educational tenure, Carrie has served as Community Dentistry Coordinator, taught various didactic courses, and has taught in both junior and senior dental hygiene clinics. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, authored a chapter in the Dental Hygiene Review textbook and served on several committees and service in the community. Carrie has received several teaching awards and in 1996 was honored as Alumni of the Year for Northern Arizona University. She helped start the Admission Enhancement and Extended Care Permits Programs at UMKC before accepting her current position as Director at Johnson County Community College.

Trisha Cloutier, Associate Professor in Dental Hygiene, CDA, RDH, BS, MA

Trisha A. Cloutier, CDA, RDH, BS, MA is an Associate Professor in Dental Hygiene at Bristol Community College where she is also the Sophomore Clinical Coordinator, the Public Health Educator, and Student Advisor for ADHA. Trisha graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island with a Certificate in Dental Assisting, AAS in Dental Hygiene and AA in General Studies. She continued her education at the University of Rhode Island obtaining her BS in Dental Hygiene and MA in Adult Education. She is the Continuing Education Chair for the Rhode Island Dental Hygienists’ Association and is a Commission Evaluator with the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. She practiced in general and periodontal practice for 20 years. With her students she has participated in numerous community based events. She and her family were featured in Family Circle magazine, August 2010, where they were recognized for service and volunteerism in their community.

Rebecca Stolberg, RDH, MSDH

Professor Rebecca Stolberg, RDH, MSDH, is currently Interim Department Chair of Public Health and Health Services Administration programs, and a professor of dental hygiene, for the College of Health Science and Public Health at Eastern Washington University. Rebecca is past Interim Associate Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and past Chair of the Department Chair of the Dental Hygiene Program. Rebecca has taught a wide variety of dental hygiene courses throughout her career, but considers leadership, ethics, local anesthesia, and both classroom and clinical teaching methodology to be her areas of specialty. Rebecca’s current research interests include HPV, A1C and diabetes, oral health in nursing homes, marijuana, and student evaluations of professors. Her past and current work, both with ADEA, ADHA, and PEW Foundation, have earned her the reputation as a national consultant on dental hygiene curriculum as well as in leadership and mentoring. Professor Stolberg’s expertise in local anesthesia has enabled her to work with legal counsels as an expert witness in both Washington and Oregon.

Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA

Victoria Patrounova RDH, MHA is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, School of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.

Ms. Patrounova earned her certificate in Dental Hygiene from UT Dental Branch in 1999 and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. Before joining faculty at UT SD in 2009 Victoria has been practicing dental hygiene in Houston area for ten years. She is a course director for Dental Materials course. She teaches both dental and dental hygiene students and presents continuing education courses on local, state and national levels. Her areas of interest include nitrous oxide conscious sedation, smoking trends and tobacco cessation. Victoria published several articles in dental and dental hygiene journal including “Troubling Tobacco Trends” in September 2011 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. She presented her CE courses on new tobacco trends at American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) annual meeting in Boston in June 2013 and in Nashville in June of 2015. Ms. Patrounova serves as a Student Liaison for Greater Houston Dental Hygiene Society, a Poster Presentations/Table Clinics committee chair for Texas Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association and Chair-Elect for American Dental Educators’ Association (ADEA) Section on Substance Abuse, Addictions & Tobacco Dependence Education.