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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.

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Member Spotlight

Amy CaseyName: Amy Casey

Residence: Cedar Rapids

Years in hygiene: 4

Years of membership: 4

Family: Husband Ryan, Kids- Phillip 19, Clarissa 16, Caleb 14, and Harper 7

How I got interested in dental hygiene: I was a dental assistant for many years prior to going back to school. My original plan was to go to dental school. Life happened and we ended up adopting my biological niece and nephew when they were 13 and 10. We went from a family of 4 to a family of 6 overnight. I was not guaranteed to get into dental school but I knew I could get into hygiene school. I needed to make some money so I decided to take that route. I am glad that I did. I am able to create a relationship with my patients and I can teach them and bond with them and I don’t have all of the stressors of being a dentist. I love my career and am glad I chose this path.

Favorite instrument: My favorite is the one that helps me get the calculus off the easiest!

Memorable hygiene moment: I was subbing at an office and they had a “free clinic” afternoon that I volunteered to do. I saw a patient that had never been to a dentist-or it had been a few decades. He was so grateful when I showed him the before and after photos of his mouth. He had tears in his eyes. That is what makes it worth it, when you have a patient who is motivated and eager to learn. It makes it all worthwhile.


Upcoming Events

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

Sept 29th: BOT meeting at DMACC in Ankeny at 9am

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