Personal stories from working dental hygienists
Access magazine is your source for health and practice news, professional issues and legislative developments. In their regularly featured column “Working”, you’ll find profiles of professional dental hygienists working in unique settings.
Denise M. Claiborne, BSDH, MS, developed an interest in oral health care when she received a palatal expander at the age of seven. In high school and throughout college, before pursuing her dental hygiene education, she shadowed her orthodontist, dentist and dental hygienist and would volunteer at public health clinics.
Today, as lecturer and program director of the entry-level Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program at Old Dominion University, Claiborne is also a full-time student in the university’s Health Services Research Program, pursuing a doctorate of philosophy in health services research.
“The best part about my current position in academia is I am among other passionate dental hygienists who are preparing future dental hygienists to be strong leaders, clinicians, educators, advocates and researchers; but most importantly, keeping the health of the public at the center of all these roles,” Claiborne said. “I absolutely love what I do; I enjoy working in the various capacities of the field. I appreciate that I am able to mentor students and give back just as my mentors advised and helped me when I was a student.”
To learn more about Claiborne’s career and her commitment to mentoring, read the full story.
From academia to consulting to corporate environments to non-profits and more, see how today’s dental hygienists are going beyond traditional oral health roles to make their careers work for them.