Continuing Education


It’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Dental Hygienist: An Exciting Review of Career Roles, Opportunities, & Pathways for the Modern Hygienist
with speaker Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA
Thursday, Oct 13, 2022 – 6:30 PM CDT

Speaker: Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA, affectionately known as @thetoothgirl, is on a powerful mission to transform the future of dentistry for both patient and practitioner. An award-winning speaker, key opinion influencer, and hygienist, Melissa represents a new generation in dentistry through a focus on inclusion, practitioner well-being, and innovative technology. She is a 2022 recipient of the Sunstar Award of Distinction, the dental hygiene industry’s highest honor, and is a top dental content creator nationwide. Melissa works closely with product/service companies and DSOs to drive conversations on brand strategy and development.

Chief hygiene officer and director of social strategy for Cellerant Consulting Group, she leads the Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Awards, an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies and products in the dental space.

An expert in teledentistry and mobile healthcare delivery, Turner is cofounder of the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference and is a founding board member of the American Mobile & Teledentistry Alliance, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership association.

Turner is creator of the I Heart Dentistry Network, a community focused on supporting under-recognized groups of dental professionals and is cofounder of The Denobi Awards Gala, an annual red carpet awards program honoring outstanding individuals and unsung heroes who move the dental industry forward. Learn more at

Course Title: It’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Dental Hygienist: An exciting review of career roles, opportunities & pathways for the modern hygienist

Course Description: It’s a new day in dentistry, and the future for dental hygienists is strong and bright! With ever-increasing roles and responsibilities both inside and outside of the dental op, this course will review the pathways available for modern hygienists – influencer, advisor, educator, entrepreneur and more! It’s never been a better time to be a dental hygienist…this is our time to shine! 

Course Objectives

  • Understand the role of the dental hygienist in the past and present, including a deep dive into state practice acts to discover the many variations of clinical roles hygienists hold 
  • Discover the latest current opportunities dental hygienists have both inside and outside of the op 
  • Learn from personal stories of dental hygienists who hold unique roles in dentistry, such as entrepreneur, advocate, and manager 
  • Address the barriers dental hygienists commonly face when expanding outside of their traditional role 

Seminar Information

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022

Location: GADHA Zoom Webinar platform 

Time: 6:30 PM Membership Meeting; 7:00 PM Lecture start

CE units: 1.5 Maximum

Cost to attendees: Free – $25


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