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NBR - Speakers


Each session of the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam Review Course will be taught by a knowledgeable and experienced content expert.

Introduction and Final Tips (Recorded Sessions)

Cynthia C. Gadbury-Amyot, MSDH, Ed.D.- Dr. Amyot, Ed.D., serves as Associate Dean and Professor of Instructional Technology and Faculty Development, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Dentistry. Dr. Amyot has been a full-time faculty member at UMKC since 1993 serving three years as Director of Graduate and Degree Completion Studies and five years as Director of the Division of Dental Hygiene. She served two years as Interim Vice Provost of Online Education. She teaches at all levels of the curriculum; doctoral, predoctoral, graduate and undergraduate. Dr. Amyot has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the School of Dentistry and is a recipient of the university wide Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Missouri Distance Education Leadership Award from the Missouri Distance Learning Association. Cindy has served as co-chair of the UMKC School of Dentistry promotion and tenure committee and chair of the faculty development committee. Her research interests include: portfolio assessment of student competency, community-based service-learning, access to care and distance and online education. Her service to the university and profession is extensive. She served as Chair of the Council on Research for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for several years. Dr. Amyot served as an educational consultant for the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. She has held several offices in the UMKC Alumni Association and served on numerous committees throughout the university. Dr. Amyot is the recipient of the 2014 Alfred C. Fones Award, a national award recognizing outstanding achievement and dedication to the profession of dental hygiene.
She was named the recipient of the 2007 ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellowship and was awarded the Pfizer/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene in 2004.

Periodontology and Case Studies

Diana Aboytes, RDH, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of the curriculum. Her current didactic courses include clinic seminar, oral histology and embryology, periodontology, and dental health education, however she has taught a variety of other courses in the dental hygiene program, including medical emergencies, current issues in dental hygiene and local anesthesia & nitrous oxide administration. She serves as the senior clinic coordinator as well as the coordinator for the school-based dental clinics. Diana was a recipient of the UNM’s Apple for the Teacher Award, an award demonstrating excellence in teaching. She has authored chapters in Primary Preventive Dentistry and Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist.
Diana has practiced dental hygiene in a variety of clinical settings over the past 12 years having a focus in periodontics. She is a current member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the New Mexico Dental Hygiene Association, the American Dental Education Association and Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society.

Nutrition & Biochemistry

Kylie J. Austin, RDH MS ECP- I, obtained a BS in Nutritional Science from Kansas State University, a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, and a MS in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry. She has previously served as a didactic instructor for Periodontics, Nutrition and Oral Health, and Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Administration. She has also served as a clinical and radiography lab instructor at the UMKC School of Dentistry and Manhattan Area Technical College Dental Hygiene Program. She has a special interest in public health dental hygiene and holds an Extended Care Permit, which provides an opportunity to work with the Healthy Smiles School-Based Dental Hygiene program as part of the Kansas State School Screening and Sealant Program. She currently serves as a consultant for the UMKC School of Dentistry and has worked collaboratively with UMKC faculty members to recently publish research in the areas of school-based dental hygiene, portfolio assessment, and boards review courses. Kylie is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, and Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society.

Dental Materials, Community Oral Health and Research Principles

Christine Nathe, RDH, MS, is the professor and director at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Division of Dental Hygiene, and she also serves as Vice Chair of Dental Medicine at UNM. She has published numerous articles in dental hygiene venues and speaks worldwide on dental public health issues. Ms. Nathe has practiced in various settings around the world including private practice, nursing homes, prisons, schools, and the military, and consults for various governmental agencies and private dental industry. Her books Dental Public Health and Research: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist, 3rd edition and Primary Preventive Dentistry, 8th edition are used throughout the world to educate hygienists on the science and practice of dental public health and primary dental care. She is the public health columnist for RDH and serves an editorial reviewer of many dental hygiene periodicals. Ms. Nathe served as chair of the American Dental Hygienists' Association Council on Public Health. She has received the ADHA/Johnson & Johnson Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene, the ADHA/Colgate Irene Newman Professional Achievement Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UNM School of Medicine, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Old Dominion University, School of Dental Hygiene in Norfolk, Virginia; Outstanding Alumni Award from Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Dental Hygiene from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and most recently the Old Dominion University 40th Anniversary Outstanding Educator's Award.

Oral Pathology and Radiology

Kristina Okolisan-Mulligan RDH, BS, MA, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, earned her Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Education at the University of Detroit Mercy. Professor Okolisan-Mulligan has been teaching at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry since 1991 and currently is Course Director of Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Care and Co-Course Director of Radiology, Radiographic Interpretation, and General and Oral Pathology for Dental Hygiene. Kristina also lectures in the Board Review course to dental hygiene students. In addition, she teaches didactic and clinical Radiology to pre-doctoral dental students. She has been the recipient of many Outstanding Faculty Awards given by both dental and dental hygiene students.

Professor Okolisan-Mulligan is a research mentor to both dental and dental hygiene students, presenting at both ADEA and AADR. Her research interests include emerging methodologies and educational research in Radiology. Kristina co-authored a chapter on Oral Pathology, Dental Hygiene: Application to Clinical Practice, and was also a contributing editor for “Modern Hygienist” where her column “Pathways” includes her favorite topics in Pathology and Radiology. In addition to teaching full time, Kristina presents CE courses for both dental and dental hygiene.

Kristina Okolisan-Mulligan is a member and past Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Section Chair for the American Dental Education Association. Professor Okolisan-Mulligan is also a member of: American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and International/American Association for Dental Research.

Clinical Dental Hygiene

Jennifer Pieren, RDH, MS, is a faculty member at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Before that, she was an assistant professor at The Ohio State University and a faculty member at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. She has taught all levels of clinical dental hygiene, including clinical radiology and pre-clinic. She also teaches several laboratory and didactic classes, including medical dental emergencies, periodontics, local anesthesia and pain control, dental materials and dental hygiene research. Ms. Pieren has published research on the use of automated external defibrillators in the dental setting and social media, and she was a previous runner up of the DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Student Clinicians Program. Ms. Pieren received her associate degree in dental hygiene and her bachelor’s degree in allied health from Youngstown State University and her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association and Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society.


Thomas Viola, RPh, CCP. In addition to his contributions to the profession of pharmacy, Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., also serves the dental professions as a clinical educator, published writer and professional speaker, in the areas of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia. Tom is board certified in community practice, specializing in the medication therapy management of high-risk, medically-complex patient populations. As a clinical educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of nine dental professional programs. In addition, he is a member of the faculty of several national board exam review courses and has been recognized as a leader in the presentation and administration of local anesthesia certification programs. As a published writer, Tom is well known for his pharmacology column in General Dentistry magazine, where he also serves as a member of that publication's Advisory Board. Tom is also a regular contributor to AGD Impact, Access Magazine and RDH Magazine. In addition, Tom also serves as a reviewer and contributor for several dental pharmacology references, pharmacology textbooks and national board exam review books. As a speaker, Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses to practicing dental professionals, both nationally and internationally. Tom is well known for his unique ability to correlate pharmacology to the every day practice of dentistry.

Test-Taking Strategies (Recorded Session)

William Hendricson is assistant dean for Education and Faculty Development at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Dental School. Bill was the faculty development specialist for the academic health center in San Antonio where he directed the semester-long University Teaching Excellence Course (UTEC) for 15 years. He was director of Faculty Development for the Regional Academic Health Center in the Rio Grande Valley and has conducted master teacher courses for the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas College of Pharmacy and the Texas A & M Medical School. He directed a year-long research and grantsmanship fellowship for the North American Primary Care Research Group for nine years. Bill is senior consultant for the Academy of Academic Leadership, where he directs the Institute for Teaching and Learning. He is a member of the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education, is an instructor in the ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program and was associate editor of the Journal of Dental Education from 2000 to 2009. He has published 104 papers, chapters and monographs on health professions education and served as a consultant to more than 150 universities and professional organizations.