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Lisa Wadsworth, RDH, BS, is president of Lisa C. Wadsworth, Inc., a company focused on consulting and personal coaching for the dental community. Lisa earned a BS in Psychology, received Fellowship status with the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and is recognized by Philips/Sonicare as a Key Opinion Leader. Lecture topics include implant dentistry, periodontal protocols, professional development, and ergonomics. As a speaker, she has been honored by Dentistry Today as a Leader in Continuing Education since 2007. She served as a contributing editor for Modern Hygienist from 2005 to 2007. She can be reached at (215) 262-6168 or via the website at www.lisawadsworth.com.
Valerie Phillips, RDH, MSDH, practiced dental hygiene for 25 years in three states until becoming partially disabled in 2012 from shoulder injuries. She completed her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University in 2013. Her thesis research was a qualitative study of cardiologists and their beliefs and opinions of the oral systemic link. Valerie currently teaches online in the Bachelor degree completion and the Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene programs for Eastern Washington University. She volunteers as a delegate for her local dental hygiene component and fills the role of “social media chairperson.” Valerie also supports outreach programs for the component and is involved on a personal level with the mentally ill community with a focus on enhancing/educating the dental needs of this population. Valerie can be reached at vphillipsRDH@outlook.com or 530-227-0546.
The practice of dental hygiene wreaks havoc on the body. Although many ergonomic improvements for safely practicing clinical hygiene are available, most of us do not make it to retirement age working chairside, even part time. Do you have a plan, should you become disabled?
The practice of dental hygiene wreaks havoc on the body. Although many ergonomic improvements for safely practicing clinical hygiene are available, most of us do not make it to retirement age working chairside, even part time. Do you have a plan, should you become disabled? Read on for tips to sustain your clinical career while planning your exit strategy.
Let your imagination and professional skills wander; shadow a surgical assistant; see what a dedicated hygiene assistant really can do to raise the standard of care for patients.
Volunteering within your field may help you remain in dentistry but step away from direct instrumentation. Examples include being a restorative case manager, implant coordinator or external marketing liaison for your practice. Be creative and do not be afraid. See where your skill sets can take you next.