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    Introducing the Modern Hygienist Editorial Advisory Board

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

     

    Kim Miller

    Kim MillerKim Miller, RDH, BSDH, is an international speaker, published author and a lead profitability coach with Inspired Hygiene. Kim graduated from Loma Linda University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and is also a four-time graduate of the BaleDoneen Preceptorship Course. In addition to clinical practice, Kim has more than 25 years of coaching and consulting experience. She has mentored hundreds of dental professionals in workshops, seminars and private practice settings.

    Kim enjoys speaking throughout the United States and Canada for national dental meetings, study clubs and component meetings. She displays her experience and passion for dentistry in her refreshing speaking style, and those in her audience walk away with information that is applicable on the very next business day. Kim is passionate about helping clinicians adopt solid science-based principles, treatment philosophies, and techniques resulting in exceptional outcomes, healthier patients and more satisfied clinicians. 

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    Why did you decide to become an RDH?

    My journey to dental hygiene was a circuitous one. I started out in college with preschool/elementary school education as my major. I had a very wise instructor who insisted each student spend a day in a preschool classroom setting; the student to teacher ratio was 15:1. The next day I started exploring other fields of study where I could work with children. I spent some time volunteering at a facility for disabled children, thinking children's physical therapy might be a good fit. During this time, my dad was encouraging me to look into dental hygiene, so I took the Dental Hygiene Aptitude Test (DHAT), which at that time was required in order to apply to a program. I interviewed two working dental hygienists and before I knew it, I had applied to Loma Linda University. I wanted to go to a Christian school, so I only applied to LLU. At the time, I was in love with a U.S. Marine, and what I really wanted to do was get married and run away to Tennessee, but I made my dad a promise that if I was accepted into the hygiene program at LLU that I would go. Thank God for dads! I fell in love with dental hygiene, Mitch went home to Tennessee without me, and I haven't looked back once!

    What is your favorite part of your job? 

    I can't narrow it done to just one thing. I love working with and mentoring dental teams of all sizes and job descriptions. I love it when team members discover something new about themselves and realize their capacity for change and growth. I especially love connecting with enthusiastic hygienists that are new to our profession and those hygienists who have been taking care of patients for decades. Most of all I love knowing that when I help dental professionals think differently about the seriousness of periodontal disease and the urgency to treat it, they in turn save lives.  

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

    You don't have to ask a proud grandma twice to tell you about her 'passion' for her grand babies! I have three: Everett is 1 month old, Isabelle is 3 and Marshall is 5. These kids are truly the “apple of my eye.” My husband of 37 years, Dean, and I are truly blessed to live near them and spend lots of time with them and their parents. We love to cook and often spend time together in the kitchen preparing and enjoying delicious, wholesome and at times indulgent foods. I do some jewelry beading and I love to read, sometimes late into the night. And nothing beats a good, brisk walk!

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