Officer Election Results


We want to thank all that attended our April General Meeting and participated in the election of our 2020-2021 officers. Please help me in congratulating our 2020-2021 Secretary, Josette Chen and our 2020-2021 Vice President, Trine Santa.

Our 2020-2021 board of directors will be installed at the May 7th CE. If you haven’t RSVPd yet, you can do that HERE.

President, Trustee: Melissa Vetter
President Elect: Vacant
Immediate Past President: Yvette Wagner
Vice President: Trine Santa
Treasurer: Julia Levitt
Secretary: Josette Chen

The President-Elect officer position remains vacant. If you are interested in this position, please leave a comment below or visit our officer page to show your interest. The President-Elect position requires 1 year on the executive board.

Committee appointments will be accepted throughout the year so if you are interested in participating in your component’s efforts to advocate for hygienists and our community, please visit our officer page for a list of committees and to submit interest. Currently, our committees are as follows:

Community Outreach: Melissa Vetter – Chair, Heather Milner, Yvette Wagner, Kym Whitehead, Michelle Landrum
Communications: Melissa Vetter
Continuing Education: Trine Santa – Chair, Yvette Wagner, Melissa Vetter, Kirsten McGee Young, Heather Milner
Student Affairs: Melissa Vetter – Chair, Kimberly McDougall, Josette Chen
Membership: Kirsten McGee Young – Chair, Melissa Vetter
Legislative: Sandy Tesch – Co-chair, Nancy Cline – Co-chair, Heather Milner, Kym Whitehead, Melissa Vetter
Budget and Finance: Julia Levitt – Chair, Karen Tuel

Philips Free Live Webinar


Thursday, April 16th

2 speakers. Register for each individually 

2:00 PM Central & 3:15 PM Central
Live CE Webinar 1 CEUs each

Live, web-based lecture with summation quiz {for LIVE CE credit)

2:00 PM Speaker and Course Details:

Screen Shot 2020-04-13 at 1.19.54 PMDr Uche Odiatu, DDM, CPT is the author of “The Miracle of Health,” an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist inOntario, Canada.

“Your Patients’ Microbiom: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know”
Course Description: 
Do your patients have the guts to douse the flames of inflammation? Our patient’s gut flora make very powerful anti-inflammatory agents when fed key nutrients. Learn what impacts gut integrity: antibiotics, jet lag, fast food, artificial sweeteners… and what we dental pros can do! The latest science from the National Institute of Health shows the microbiome impacts overall health as much as our genes. Attend this insightful session and enjoy a novel path to lower patients’ inflammatory burden.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight into the human microbiome.
  • Learn why new findings about gut flora are shaking the foundation of healthcare and nutrition.
  • Understand why the dental professional is perfectly positioned to help people live more vibrant lives
  • Discover the foundational role of your patient’s gut integrity and inflammation.

Register Here


3:15 PM Speaker and Course Details:

Hughes_MaryRDH-2015_blubkg-copyMary Hughes, RDH, BS is a Dental Education Partners CEO, Founder, and Instructor. After 20 years as a clinical dental hygienist, Mary transitioned to corporate dentistry where she held training, sales, and executive roles in manufacturing. Her passion for dental education led her to start her own consulting and education business, focused on hygiene growth. She is a recognized dental lecturer, has been published in dental journals, and is a member of the ADHA.

Course Description:
Every historical health crisis has changed the way we practice, some in more profound ways than others. The mark that COVID-19 leaves the world and our industry is still to be determined. As healthcare providers, now more than ever we are being put to an existential test. As hygienists, what can we do NOW in the midst of the pandemic to make a difference? And what can we do to prepare for the future beyond the crisis when we can resume preventative, elective and other parts of our normal scope of dental hygiene. This webinar will emphasize ways to keep your patients and practice healthy during COIVD-19 and beyond!

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of the latest ADA, ADHA and AAP Coronavirus Guidance
  • Discover ways for hygienists to make a difference during COVID-19
  • Steps to bring your patients AND practice back to health when we return to our “new” normal
  • Listing of resources providing dependable information and credible, medical/research-based sites for pandemic updates

Register here



A message from our TDHA president

To: Dental Hygienists of Texas

From: Marian Tajchman, RDH, MS TDHA President

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have been placed on individuals and businesses, TDHA urges you to heed the information that has been provided by the various agencies and associations, especially those that are related to the dental profession. Without self-regulation we are obliged to follow this information. I also encourage you to view ADHA’s response, updates and for answers to your questions at

In the Town Hall meeting with Governor Abbott broadcast last evening on television stations across Texas, the state director of Medicaid services stated many individuals have access to medical information without having to leave their homes with the aid of Telehealth. In the last Texas Legislative session TDHA filed a bill (SB792) and its sister bill (HB1756) and actively lobbied legislators in regards to allowing oral healthcare providers, specifically dentists and hygienists, the ability to provide Teledentistry for emergencies if Telehealth regulations were relaxed to include Teledentistry. The bill made it out of the Health and Human Services committee but failed to be heard on the Senate floor and essentially died. With this being said, I would encourage you to reach out to your legislators in your district and begin communication on this issue.

The time is now in preparing for the next session in 2021, and we need ALL hygienists to respond. If this bill would have passed, the dental scenario might have looked different regarding this pandemic. If you are uncertain as to who your legislators are, you can go to

This will be a learning experience for all and, I believe that much good will come from it over time. TDHA and ADHA, along with the other dental associations and agencies, will continue to monitor the situation, give out information as it becomes available, and answer or direct your questions.


Marian Tajchman

Philips CE Event Postponed


The Philips April 3rd CE Event has been postponed. A future date will be determined when CDC social distancing recommendations are canceled. Thank you!

Request Your Refund

Please submit your refund request to Leigh Reeves at She will assist you with your refunds for this event. Please include “Austin CE Refund Request” in the subject line and she will help you out!

We will keep you updated on the future date as soon as we can!

Here are some helpful links you can reference to keep updated with COVID-19 spread and containment.