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    Introducing the Modern Hygienist Editorial Advisory Board

    Get to know the five experts who will serve on the board.

     

    Alyssa Aberle

    Alyssa AberleAlyssa Aberle is a 2009 graduate of the University of Colorado’s dental hygiene program. Immediately following dental hygiene school, Alyssa knew she had a passion for community health, which stemmed from her experiences abroad during several mission trips. Alyssa started her dental hygiene career working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment coordinating the children's oral health programs and the school sealant grants. Through relationships built in this role, Alyssa began working with a local nonprofit dental clinic, Kids In Need of Dentistry, and assisted in the development of a new partner nonprofit, the Colorado Orthodontic Foundation.

    In 2013, Alyssa graduated with a master’s in business administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. While completing her degree, she remained active in the Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association. Alyssa served on the CODHA Board of Trustees as vice president, president-elect, president and immediate past president. During her year as past president, she was hired by the CODHA as executive administrator. She has been able to play a role in various aspects of the professional association and has a passion for advocacy and advancing the profession of dental hygiene.

    Currently, Alyssa works for a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and operates a school-based sealant program in the largest school district in Colorado. She is the mother of two boys, Dax and Jet.

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    Why did you decide to become an RDH?

    I became an orthodontic patient in second grade. Through all of my many appointments, my interest was sparked in the healthcare fields. I decided to work for my orthodontist during high school to see what dentistry was all about. I loved the dental field but knew that I really wanted to work on the prevention end of dentistry, rather than restorative. I had the opportunity to travel abroad on several mission trips and truly found a passion for helping change people's overall health and impact generational lifestyle changes through relationship building and education. In my opinion, that's exactly what dental hygienists do!

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    I work in a school-based sealant program. My favorite part of my job is building relationships with the schools and the students. We have the opportunity to meet kids where they're comfortable and change their attitude about dental care. The best part of my day is when I hear a student say, "That wasn't so scary."

    What are some of your hobbies/interests/passions outside of work?

    I am a mother of two boys and we live in Colorado. Most of our free time is spent outside camping, hiking, snowboarding and adventuring. We also love to visit Lake Powell and volunteer at our church. 

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