Hannah Neahr is a first-year dental hygiene student in the state of Michigan. She graduated as the valedictorian of her high school and received a full-tuition scholarship which she is using to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. She is an active member of her university’s chapter of the Student American Dental Hygienists Association (SADHA).
Hannah has always had a passion for writing, teaching, and helping others. She hopes to combine these passions with her love of teeth and oral health in the form of dental hygiene education. Hannah plans to transition into clinical instruction once she has experience as a clinical dental hygienist. Ultimately, she would love to be a professor and teach didactic dental hygiene courses.
When Hannah isn’t studying or practicing her instrumentation, she enjoys crocheting, spending time with her family and boyfriend, and playing with her chihuahua. Hannah is also an advocate for mental health awareness and has worked to destigmatize mental illness through participation in the Peyton Heart Project. The goal of this project is to end suicide, bullying, and the stigma associated with mental health issues. Hannah plays her part by crocheting tiny hearts and attaching encouraging, uplifting messages to them. She then scatters the hearts in public places for those to find when they need it the most.
Dental hygiene school. Three little words that bring with them so many emotions. For many, the days of dental hygiene school are but a distant memory which has long since passed. For me, dental hygiene school is very much present. I eat, sleep, and breathe dental hygiene. After waiting two years to finally receive that little white acceptance letter,...