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.

Medical Practice

Not many dental hygienists can claim that their dental career started when they were 10 years old, but for Lisa Wadsworth, RDH, BS, that is exactly when her career began.

Following 25 years of clinical dental hygiene practice and the establishment of a consulting business, she is now the director of operations for a medical practice, and monitors how the practice serves every aspect of direct primary care. The goal of the practice and of the patients is not simply to treat illness, but to prevent it.

“We are not only reaching out to dentists in our area, we are devising a way to bridge the oral-systemic gap by enlisting like-minded dentists and physicians throughout the country,” she said.

To learn more about Wadsworth’s career 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.