My name is Pat Alden, and I will be representing the Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association as President for the next year. I attended the University of Iowa Dental Hygiene program, graduating in December, 1979.
I grew up in southeast Iowa and practiced clinically in Burlington for fourteen years. My husband and I moved to Dyersville twenty years ago, where we raised our three amazing children. Three years ago, I retired from clinical dental hygiene and have been working at Northwest Iowa Community College as a health science tutor and adjunct instructor in anatomy and physiology. If anyone would have told me 35 years ago, that not only would I have to remember the “Krebs cycle” but would actually be teaching it, I would have never believed it…it only goes to show that you never know where life can take you!
You Should Know!
Important Dental Hygiene Updates!
Read about them here in our April 2015 Iowa Dental Board report.
Allen College has a Bachelor program exclusively for dental hygiene - read more here.
Learn about the Mouth Care Matters curriculum and how you can help train direct care professionals serve the oral health needs of the people in their care.
Did you know there are an estimated 2,600 individuals living with HIV in Iowa, 16% of whom do not know they are infected? Read more from the Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis through the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Name: Rachel Pfeifer
Residence: I grew up in Richland Ia. After graduating from dental hygiene school, there were 3 job openings in the state of Iowa. I was lucky enough that one of those jobs was in my hometown of only 600 people. I am very blessed to be working in my hometown community that I know and love.
How I got interested in dental hygiene: I went to dental assisting school in 2005 knowing that I wanted to be in the dental profession. After assisting for a few years I knew I wanted more. I wanted to be the one sitting in the provider chair. It's one of the best decisions I've made. Doing something that you love everyday is not like work at all!
My favorite dental hygiene instrument: my favorite go to instrument would have to be the Montana Jack! It's so versatile.
Memorable dental hygiene moment: I was lucky enough to get to go to Guatemala on a mission trip with Kirkwood in 2011, led by our dental hygiene instructor Lisa Hebl. I knew I loved dental hygiene but what I saw and experienced there only cemented that fact. Being able to share a skill that you have with other people who are less fortunate who truly need your help is one of the best feelings I've experienced thus far. It opened my eyes to not only how important oral health care is but how much a difference hygienists can make in people's overall health.
ADHA Annual Session, Nashville, TN
Check your local component page or contact your component president for events in your area throughout the summer!
Do You Know What IDHA Does For YOU?
- Networking with other hygienists who become YOUR lifelong friends!
- Employment opportunities
- Discounts on nationwide professional and personal services
- Professional Development and Quality CE Courses
- A Lobbyist that attends all meetings on YOUR behalf in Des Moines and Washington DC
How much does all of this cost YOU?
- 3 pair of boots or heels, OR
- 2 cut and colors, OR
- 2 months of your cell phone plan, OR
- You can sustain the generations of hard work IDHA has accomplished....for YOU
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