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Our new website is live!! Thanks to the hard work of the website committee and the current webmaster, Sarah Borsdorf, we have a professional internet presence. Check out the rest of the "members only" section which lists employment opportunities. This is one of the benefits of your IDHA dues.

I hope you have all been enjoying the glorious fall weather and the spectacular foliage show. One of the activities I did this fall was to volunteer with Iowa Mission of Mercy. IMOM provides free dental care to people who lack access to care due to financial considerations. This year, the site was in Waterloo. The clinic saw 1,102 patients and provided $760,279 worth of care. The site next year will be in Council Bluffs, so mark your calendars for September 11 & 12.

We are continuing to collect signatures of Iowa residents who agree that Iowa dental hygienists should be able to be reimbursed directly by Medicaid for services rendered to nursing home, homebound and other patients who have difficulty accessing dental preventive services. We hope to collect at least a thousand signatures by the time the legislative session begins in January. We need to show our legislators that the public believes in the services we can provide. Please consider printing off a copy of the legislative signature sheet and taking it to a component meeting, bridge club, bunco, book club or places where you could present the background for our bill and collect signatures.

Stay informed! Go the Iowa Dental Board website and read the agendas and the minutes of the meetings. If there is a topic that you want to know more about, contact our legislative chair, Carol Van Aernam, and she will either find the answers or put you in touch with someone who can help you. I would encourage you to discuss the issues in your office and with your colleagues.

We have an exciting Annual Session planned for May 1& 2, 2105, at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. Betsy Reynolds is back by popular demand. Mark your calendars! Further information about registration will be posted at a later date. Our next Board of Trustees meeting is January 10, 9AM at DMACC in Ankeny. All members of IDHA are welcome to attend and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you in Ankeny in January.

You Should Know!

IDHA Member or not, you and the community you serve may be affected by this petition put out by the Iowa Dental Association.
Please read the petition provided in the link below and submit your comments to the Iowa Dental Board no later than Dec. 31, 2014!

Read IDHA's comments to the Iowa Dental Board here.

Member Spotlight

Michelle DoughtyName: Michelle Doughty
Residence: I grew up in Des Moines, graduated from dental hygiene school at the University of Iowa in 1987, and now live in Elkhorn, Nebraska
Family: My husband’s name is Steve. He is a Fire Fighter for the City of Omaha.  We have 2 children.  Jack is a Senior, runs cross country, swims, runs track, works at Subway and plays guitar.  Parker is a Sophomore.  She participates in the Varsity All Women’s Show Choir group, “Shockwave,” enjoys pointe ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical dance and is learning to drive.  I have two sisters who are also in the dental field.  Melanie is an assistant, and Kristin is a receptionist in a dental office.  We could staff an office, but what sane dentist would hire 3 sisters?
How I got interested in dental hygiene:  My pedodontist was a family friend. I kept going to him until I went off to college.  He was a great influence on me and I went to the U of I intending to go to Dental School.  Then I had to take chemistry!  Ha, just kidding.  I decided being a dentist wasn’t for me, but I still wanted to be in the dental field and my counselor suggested dental hygiene.
Favorite (dental hygiene) instrument: I absolutely love my USI ultrasonic machine and ultrathin perio tips.  I don’t think my aging hands could tolerate full time scaling without it.
Changes to dental hygiene practice:  There have been a lot of changes since I graduated.  I think the biggies are local anesthesia and self regulation.
Memorable dental hygiene moment:  You know the patient.  Solid bridge of calculus on the lower anterior linguals.  I couldn’t even see her teeth.  I got all the calculus removed (I was very pleased with myself!) and she was scheduled to see the doctor the next week for some restorations. When she returned, I overheard her tell the doctor that she has to put chewing gum in there until it fills in again so her tongue won’t get sore! **Bangs head on wall**
How I spend my leisure time: Mostly trying to keep up with my kids' activities.  Seems I am always going to a cc meet or to a chorus concert or shuttling girls to or from dance.  My husband and I have a Goldwing motorcycle and like to go on short trips.  I am active at my church, am on the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee, participate in the Adult Sunday School class, sing in the choir, and play in the bell choir.  I love to curl up with a great book, yeah like that ever happens!

Upcoming Events

January 5
Members Only Event!
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January 10
BOT, Strategic Planning, DMACC Ankeny Campus

January 13
Digital Radiography Safety CE
see the Central Component section of our website for more info

January 15
Website Update Deadline with contributions from IWCC, Cedar Rapids, SE and Waterloo Components


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