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    Introducing the Modern Hygienist Editorial Advisory Board

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

     

    Tina Clarke

    Tina ClarkeTina Clarke RDH, BSDH, MEd, graduated from Oregon Health & Science University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in dental health science and from Concordia University in 2013 with a master’s degree in education. She began teaching in 2007. Her area of educational focus has been: head and neck anatomy, histology and embryology, dental hygiene clinical practice, medical emergency, pain management, dental anatomy and dental ethics. She currently works with the Oregon Institute of Technology as the academic program director of the Salem campus. Prior to being an educator, she worked in a private general dental practice office in Salem, Oregon, and she still continues to work in a clinical setting and present at continuing education courses when school is not in session. 

    Tina is involved with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She has served as president of the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association and as a delegate on the national level. She has a passion for dental hygiene that is fueled by her work with students and continuing education for her peers.

    Why did you decide to become an RDH?

    In my early 20s, I was in that phase of life of trying to figure out what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I realized I enjoyed science and helping people. This brought the idea of becoming a healthcare provider to the surface. Knowing certain things about what I can and can't tolerate (I don't like vomit), that took nursing out of the top choice. Also, about this time I had an appointment to get my teeth cleaned. My hygienist, being an insightful woman, noticed I was in this period of transition. We talked and she encouraged me to come back and job shadow her. Needless to say, I was hooked. I said yes, this is the career for me!

    Read more from Tina: Are you asking the right questions about your patient's health history?

    What is your favorite part of your job? 

    I am lucky in that I get to have my hand in many different aspects of the dental hygiene profession. The common denominator in all of them is that I get to make a difference in someone's life. With my patients, I can be a part of their journey toward a healthy lifestyle. In regard to my students, I am blessed to guide and coach them through the rigors of our education and help them achieve their dream of being a primary healthcare provider. With my coworkers, it is the ability to provide support so they can be the best educators possible. Finally, when I am presenting at CE courses, having the opportunity to educate, remind and inspire fellow clinicians and enhance their capabilities to be providers is truly remarkable.

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

    I am a “health nut.” I really enjoy physical fitness and the competition that it can bring. I try to do at least one "sign-up" event per year. The best is when I get to do this with my family and friends. For my downtime, I enjoy diving into arts and crafts. I call it "grownup refrigerator art" because my mother gets really excited about the creations and can't wait to hang them up. 

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