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Mariam Pera, ADHA

Preview of ADHA’s 2nd “Dental Hygiene in a Changing World” Career Workshop

CHICAGO, December 5, 2012—As the professional landscape of dental hygiene evolves, choosing or changing a career path can be overwhelming and nerve-racking. To address these concerns, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)—with the support of corporate partners—is hosting the second annual, one-day career workshop “Dental Hygiene in a Changing World: Empowering, Supporting, & Developing Your Career” to help dental hygienists take charge of their professional futures. The year’s event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Saturday, January 12, 2013 in downtown Chicago.

This workshop offers insight for dental hygienists at any stage in their careers, from recent graduates to seasoned clinicians ready for a new direction, by providing the tools they need to confidently navigate future career opportunities. Debra Bachman Zabloudil, CAE, FACHE will deliver a keynote presentation on career mapping; the goal is for attendees to leverage the knowledge they gain from this workshop to map out their own career paths.

Through panel presentations, small group discussions and networking, attendees will begin to draw out their paths to success. The presentations will feature these career categories: Corporate, Public Health, Research, Educator, Administrator or Entrepreneur. Participants can choose from one of these categories for table discussions according to their interests.

This year’s featured panelists are: Kristen Esler, RDH (corporate), Mary Pat Burgess, RDH, MBA (public health), Christine Charles, RDH, BS (research), Cynthia Gadbury-Amyot, MSDH, EdD (educator), Tammi Byrd, RDH (administrator) and Shelby Kahl, RDH (entrepreneur). The panelists will present on their various areas of expertise, and also be available to speak with attendees throughout the workshop.

There will also be a separate breakout session that will focus on self-marketing techniques to help those just starting in the profession or anyone looking to revitalize these skills.

Registration is open and the early bird discount ends December 14. The fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and 8 CE credits. For more information, visit

About the American Dental Hygienists’ Association

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 150,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit ADHA at