VIDCAST: Learning to Unlearn – Practicing with Humility (Culturally Committed Interview)

Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, had an eye-opening conversation with Kim Trottier, Dental Therapist and Founder of Culturally Committed. Kim discussed providing care to First Nations Peoples, how the impacts of trauma and intergenerational trauma have influenced how she provides care, and why she is passionate about pursuing a culturally safe practice. This deep and sensitive subject can be taken beyond the care needs of Indigenous Peoples for many patient populations, so I encourage you to watch with an open heart.

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Trigger warning: during this conversation, we will be discussing Indigenous-specific racism and residential schools. Please have a support system in place should you need one.

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Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP
Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, is a co-founder and the chief content officer of Today’s RDH, an independent educational publishing company for dental hygienists, encompassing articles, a podcast, virtual continuing education events, and self-study continuing education. Today’s RDH was launched in 2018 after Kara built her social media presence with her largest following on her Facebook page, Dental Hygiene with Kara RDH, which was created in 2013. An Oregon Institute of Technology graduate, Kara has a deep passion for spreading knowledge about the importance of oral health and its association with systemic health. Kara’s passion extends to helping other hygienists understand current protocols and evidence-based research – all with the goal of lifting dental hygienists and the dental hygiene profession. Kara was recognized in 2020 as one of the Top 100 Women in Media for her entrepreneurship as a co-founder of Today’s RDH. In 2022, she was recognized by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for their Standout Seven Award in the Entrepreneur category. Kara lives in Vancouver, Washington, just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Ben, and their four Chihuahuas. When she’s not working, Kara loves riding the Oregon Dunes on her quad, spoiling her Chihuahuas, and spending time with her close-knit family.