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Rachel Pfeifer

Rachel Pfeifer

Dental Hygiene in Iowa is growing! I am so excited to say that our bill passed! Dental Hygienists in Iowa may now give Oral Hygiene Instruction in any setting without the supervision of a Dentist! I would like us all to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity. There are so many people out there that would benefit from this service! Education is the backbone of our profession.

I would also like to talk about the experience that I had with the Expanded Functions Dental Auxillary laws that were passed last year. I completed the Leve 1 EFDA last summer. This allows me to place retraction cord, apply cavity liners and bases/bonding systems, taking final impressions/occlusal registration and fabrication/removal of provisional restorations. This has allowed me to help me pick up some of the slack when the Dentist is running behind.
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A special note from your vice president!

This years annual session is at a brand new venue!  Due to the Sheraton hotel in downtown Iowa City being under construction, IDHA had to move their annual session to the Hotel Vetro.  It is time to start making hotel room reservations for Annual Session 2018.  It is VERY important you make your reservation asap if you would like to stay at the Hotel Vetro as it is a much smaller hotel than we are use to.  To make reservations at Hotel Vetro please call 319-337-4961.  Inform the representative you will be staying the IDHA group and they will provide the discounted rate.  If the hotel is full please contact the Hilton Garden Inn located at 328 S. Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240. This is within walking distance of Hotel Vetro. There will be no discounted rate at this hotel. 

More information about annual session coming soon!

Amanda Aunspach, RDH
IDHA Vice President

Iowa Hygienist in the News

Submitted by Emily Boge CDA, RDH, MPA

Paging through the November issue of Access Magazine, you will see research conducted by our very own Mary Kelly, RDH, BS, MS. In this article, Mary talks about her work in dental public health and her research on silver diamine fluoride (SDF).

Congratulations to Mary, and thank you for all you do for to provide safe, effective, and professional dental care to the citizens of Iowa.

Undergraduate Research Posters

To those wishing to participate in table clinics for the 2017-2018 year, IDHA is adopting ADHA's new policy on undergraduate research.  This update has transitioned the tri-fold poster to a research poster.  For more information, please see the following PDFs. We encourage you to invite your students to apply to compete nationally at the annual conference that will be held in Columbus, Ohio June 2018.  If you have any further questions, please contact Membership Services Trustee, Jessica Suedbeck, at

Registration and Payment Information / Table Clinic Rules and Regulations / Student Research Poster Competition Rules and Regulations / Student Informative Poster Competition Rules and Regulations / Table Clinics and Informative Poster Presentation memo / Call for Abstracts

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...

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...

Save the Date: Lobby Day - February 28, 2018

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

Rachel PfeiferName: Jeremy Jones

"I am originally from Iowa City, after graduation from Kirkwood in May of 2017 I moved to Dubuque where I accepted a Full-Time position at Kuttler Dental. 
I have a lot of interests, most of which involve being outdoors (running, hiking, biking, camping, swimming, kayaking, and boating to name a few). I also enjoying watching movies, cooking, the Iowa Hawkeyes and traveling.

My hygiene goals: I plan to go back to school within the next 5 years to obtain a bachelor's in Dental Hygiene and then go on to obtain a Master's because I would eventually like to teach Dental Hygiene."

Upcoming Events

Jan. 19, 2018 EPC in Ankeny, IA 7pm
Jan. 20, 2018 BOT, Strategic Planning @ DMACC 9am

Feb. 1, 2018 Finance Committee Budget Preparation
Feb. 15, 2018 Annual Reports due to Secretary
Feb. 28, 2018 Lobby Day

Mar. 3, 2018 BOT @ DMACC, General Assembly Prep begins, 9AM

May 4-5, 2018 IDHA Annual Session Hotel Vetro, Iowa City

June 20-25, 2018 CLL/ADHA Annual Session, Columbus, Ohio

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