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Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDH, EFDA

Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDH, EFDA
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MELISSA TURNER, BASDH, RDH, EFDA, has practiced clinically across the country and is a valued thought leader and dental advisor. She is executive moderator of the Dental Peeps Network and has vast experience providing direct services as a mobile clinician. She launched I Heart Mobile Dentistry, a Facebook support group for clinicians practicing mobile dentistry, and is co-founder of the first annual National Mobile Dentistry Conference on February 28-29, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Melissa can be reached at MelissaTurnerLLC [at] gmail.com.

Confessions of a Dental Hygienist: My Kids Have Never Been to the Dentist

I have a confession to make. I’m a dental hygienist, and my children have yet to step foot into a dental office. For many of you, I’m assuming your jaw just dropped open in astonishment! For the rest, I’m guessing that you find yourself nodding in agreement, perhaps because you’ve been in my shoes. For the last year, I’ve had...

A Visit to a Mobile Dental Clinic Manufacturer

Many of my endeavors are for educating and advocating for the utilization of the mobile dentistry delivery model. Consequently, I was very excited when I received an invitation to tour ADI Mobile Health, a manufacturer of mobile health-care clinics. Located in Tualatin, Oregon, ADI is a family-owned business and has been operating for over 27 years. The patriarch, Tim Kitch,...

A Hygienist’s 10-year Anniversary: Discouraged to Delighted

To some, ten years seems like a lifetime. To others, it goes by in the blink of an eye. As I come upon my 10-year anniversary as a registered dental hygienist, I’ve found myself in deep, almost solemn reflection. What have I accomplished? Am I happy? Am I thankful for this career? What are my professional goals? It’s easy to...

Discover Your Calling at the National Mobile Dentistry Conference

You have worked incredibly hard to get where you are as a dental hygienist, investing time and money into your degree, keeping current on professional development, and providing first-rate care within the four walls of a dental practice. How satisfied are you? If you don’t have complete fulfillment in your present role as a dental hygienist, what is leaving you unsatisfied?...

License Portability for the Dental Hygienist: The Struggle is Real

When I celebrated my fifth year as a licensed dental hygienist, I had already practiced clinically in four different states. At one point, I was maintaining four active hygiene licenses, which included paying four different renewal fees, juggling four different continuing education requirements, and keeping current on rules and regulations from four different dental boards. Some of you may be...

My Plight with Opioids and What Other Hygienists Can Learn

Last week was an adventurous one, at best. One day I woke up with a stiff neck. Typical, nothing fancy, nothing unusual. But it wasn’t long before it quickly escalated into a seizing, debilitating neck spasm that had me down and out for days. Unlike anything I ever had experienced before, this spasm sent shocks through my body each...

#LoveInTheWorkplace – Join the Movement!

When was the last time you let yourself love others at work? I mean really, truly love. I mean the kind of love that songs are written about and we reserve mainly for our children and spouse? The kind of self-sacrificing, laborious love that takes effort? The kind that we stand-in-awe of and bend over backward for? Come up empty?...

New Year, New You Part 3: Highlighting Karen Webster and Tri City Health Partnership

Typically, by this time each year the novelty of a brand-new year has worn off, and we find ourselves well on our way back into the daily humdrum of this thing that we call life. As dental hygienists, this means beginning another cycle of six-month recalls—seeing our favorite and not-so-favorite patients, scrubbing down our ops every hour, and trying...

New Year, New You Part 2: Highlighting Angela Craig and the Non-profit D-DENT

We are now well into 2019… how are those New Year resolutions holding up? Are you still going strong? Or have you given up hope? Just remember, it doesn’t have to be a new year for you to better yourself! But don’t improve just your personal life—remember to think about ways to improve your professional life as well. In Part...

New Year, New You: A Resolution for Dental Hygienists

Once again, another new year is upon us! For some of the lucky ones, a new year is a time of hope, inspiration, and maybe even change! For others, perhaps more “seasoned” life veterans, a new year is simply a reminder of the many unkept New Year’s resolutions that have vanished somewhere amidst the short, dark days of January. For...