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From the President

Jennifer Pierce
Meet Jennifer Pierce, the New IDHA President.

Pierce graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with a degree of Associates Applied Science in May of 1998. She has been a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association and the Iowa Dental Hygienist Association since 1998 and has served the Iowa Dental Association in several leadership roles since 2002. She has served on the Members Services Committee, Legislative Committee, Professional Development Committee and was also the Trustee. She has also served as a Delegate to the ADHA National Convention in 2011, 2013 and 2019 as well as serving as IDHA's Vice President for nine years, President Elect, and now President. Pierce won the Iowa Dental Hygienists' Association Distinguished Service Award in 2016.

Currently Pierce is employed at Apex Dental in West Des Moines where she has been working for 20 years. She is a mother of four children, Katelynn (22), Dalton (21), Emma (20) and Parker (14) and will soon be taking on the role of Grandma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, animals and playing with one of her lesser known talents, her amazing rap skills involving the use of dental lyrics. She also likes to be actively involved with IDHA, Apex Dental's Operation Give Back, Habitat for Humanity project and mission trips to Jamaica. She loves to educate her patients about their oral health as well as their overall health. Her passion and dedication to her field shines through in her daily practice and to anyone that comes into contact with her.

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2019 Fall Event Flyer

Member Spotlight

Mary KellyName: Mary Kelly
Residence: Des Moines, Iowa
Years in Dental Hygiene: 38 years 
Years of Membership: 40 (student member!) 
Family: Husband Mark, Son Corey, Daughter Kelly (Nope, she is not Kelly Kelly; our family last name is Grief)

How I got Interested in Dental Hygiene: My older brother came home from Loyola of Chicago and told me about his friends who were dental hygiene majors. I tested the dental field out by working as an assistant, and decided dental hygiene is for me.

Favorite Instrument: Data- I am in public health.
Memorable Hygiene Moment: There have been many but when Public Health Supervision passed in Iowa, it changed the way that I practiced and opened up access to dental care in our state.

Upcoming Events


June 21-23, 2019   CLL/ADHA Annual Session   Louisville, KY