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Meet Your Current President

Tonya EnrightTonya Enright, CDA, RDH, EdD(c) is full-time dental assisting faculty at Hawkeye Community College and Program Director of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Dental Hygiene program at Allen College, Waterloo, IA. Tonya has been working with Upper Iowa University to implement a Bachelor of Science Health Services Administration with an emphasis in Dental Hygiene program and anticipates opening in the Fall of 2018! Tonya is also a Deputy Examiner for the Central Regional Dental Testing Services and a Master Reviewer for Quality Matters.

Prior to these roles, she served as the Dental Administrative Chair and dental hygiene faculty at Hawkeye Community College. She practiced clinical dental hygiene for twelve years, with the majority of the years for Dr. Joseph Zuccaro, DDS in Dubuque, Iowa.

In addition to her roles in the dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, she is busy preparing her dissertation in the Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education Program, anticipating graduation in August, 2018 from Allen College. Previously, she earned her Master's in Education (MEd) from Iowa State University; a Bachelor's in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) from Northern Arizona University; Associate in Applied Sciences-Dental Hygiene (RDH) from Hawkeye Community College; and is a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) after graduating from Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, IA.

Tonya was raised in Galena/Scales Mound, IL. After becoming a dental hygienist, she moved to Iowa to practice clinical dental hygiene. With a passion to always learn more, she pursued dental hygiene education. She now lives in Independence, Iowa with her husband, Dennis, and three sons--Peyton, Ashton, and Benton. In her free time, she enjoys watching her children play sports, traveling, boating, swimming, and camping with family and friends. She is very passionate about keeping higher education in dental hygiene an option in Iowa, and an advocate for advancing our dental hygiene profession.

Dental Hygiene in the News

Arizona is now the fourth state to pass legislation for a midlevel provider!  On May 3rd, the House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to allow dental therapist practice in Arizona.  This was preceded by the senate passing the bill.  This helps to address the access to care and dental needs of Arizona, which is a nationwide struggle.  Way to go Arizona!

Letter from the Iowa Dental Board

The 2017 renewal season for dental hygienists begins July 1, 2017. To streamline this process, we will be asking dental hygienists to renew their licenses/local anesthesia permits online this year. Online renewals are automated, and renewal cards will be mailed within 3 to 5 business days. Individuals who elect to apply by paper will receive their renewal cards within 4 to 6 weeks. Please note that renewals cannot be submitted prior to July 1. Read more...

Thank You to Our Sponsors at Annual Session!

2018 sponsors

Front Row:
Linsdey Johnston-Sunstar, Gaylene Baker-Crosstex, Megan Norman-Q-Optics

Back Row:
Dave Colgan-Orascoptic, Connie Taylor-Premier, Josh Erceg-Henry Schein, Rory Bergan-Colgate,Teri Kanie-Ultradent, Kristen Marchese and Ashton Frank-Young. Not pictured - Greg Slaymaker-Crest Oral-B

Membership - Your Job and Mine
Every member has a responsibility to approach potential members and ask them to join the association. The number one reason why people don’t join is because no one asked them! It may sound very simple, but it is mostly overlooked. Members can no longer rely on their president or membership chair to “sell” memberships and then sit back and wait for them to roll in. It is true - the more people who join the organization, the stronger the organization. Here is a story about why associations exist and why it is important that all belong. Read on...

Good News! The Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2016 includes provision for oral health. What does this mean for you and your community?  Read more from the Center or Oral Health here.

Member Spotlight

Katie GislesonName: Katie Gisleson

Katie Gisleson is a full-time instructor at Hawkeye Community College and last year's recipient of the RDH of the Year Award!  Katie's colleagues and students all speak very highly of her and her passion for dental hygiene and the profession radiates through her lectures and volunteerism.  Katie has decided to expand her roles with IDHA by taking on the Peer Review Chair position.  When Katie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and son, Myles, going for runs, and watching the Golden State Warriors.


Upcoming Events

June 20-25th: ADHA's 95th Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio

September 28th: IDHA's Fall Event in Ankeny, Iowa

October 5-6th: Iowa Mission of Mercy in Sioux City, Iowa

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