Veteran Dental Hygienist with 30 + years of experience in the field. Empathetic professional capable of reassuring and alleviating fears. Selected by colleagues as the dental hygienist of choice for working with special needs patients and those with severe dental anxiety for the ability to communicate effectively and gingerly while performing necessary procedures. Proven leader with success training and mentoring staff, putting equal weight on education and creating a positive, communicative environment, expediting their learning process and created high-functioning teams that routinely exceeded expectations. Adheres to protocols and guidelines of CDC, OSHA, ADHA, ADA, OSAP, HIPAA
-Trained and further mentored staff, creating high-functioning teams that routinely exceeded expectations through the accuracy of documentations and the quality of patient care.
-Worked effectively with dentist and office staff through the care of each patient.
-Empathetically and professionally worked with all patients, including those with special needs and severe dental anxiety; successfully communicating with patients and caregivers regarding procedures before and during implementation of cares.
-Experienced with multiple complex computer software and equipment used for daily work, such as: Dentrix , Kodak and Open Dental software.
-Performed intra and extra oral dental examinations, head and neck oral cancer screenings; necessary radiographs, full mouth periocharting, recall and periomaintence cleanings, scaling and root planing with sub-gingival irrigation and fluoride treatments.
-Executed in depth medial history interviews with patients and caregivers for extensive documentation as may be required for implementation of the best care for the patient.
-Proven problem-solver, troubleshooting dental equipment and resolving malfunctions.
-Coordinated hygiene inventory management by tracking supplies, implementing orders, and verifying accuracy in receipt of items.
-Consistently punctual, maintaining an excellent attendance record, and acting as a positive example for our team in executing proper work ethic.
-Effectively communicated with and successfully educated patients and the community about oral hygiene and care.
-Executed in depth medical history interviews for application of proper dental procedures and preventative dental plans.
-Performed intra and extra oral dental examinations, head and neck screening, Vizilite oral cancer screenings; necessary radiographs, full mouth periocharting, recall and periomaintence cleanings, scaling and root planing with sub-gingival irrigation and fluoride treatments.
-Effectively communicated with patients about their dental health and explained in detail all procedures which would be done in office in order to alleviate dental anxiety.
-Expanded dental hygiene duties in this orthodontic office, performing extra-oral and intra-oral examinations.
-Utilized sensitive equipment such as high resolution cameras with dental mirrors to process intra-oral and extra-oral pictures.
-Handled with care and expertise the exposing and developing of panoramic, cephalometic, occlusal and size two dental films.
-Fabricated and adjusted orthodontic wires and retainers.
-Prepared teeth for bracket placement and removal of braces.
-Ordered supplies for the entire orthodontic practice.
-Maintained the appointment scheduling with accuracy.
· Patient relationship building
· Patient education and prophylaxis
· Treatment planning and execution
· Collect and Record Medical Health History
· Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills
· Strong attention to detail and great social skills
· Professionally can handle confidential information
· Effective communication
· Adheres to protocols and guidelines of CDC, OSHA, ADHA, ADA, OSAP, and HIPAA
· Coordinate and execute treatment plans
· Empathetic to patients needs during stressful times
· Successful education to patients of dental needs
· Ability to assess needs and make necessary referrals to resources
· Strong ability for critical thinking and sound judgment
· Suffolk Society of Forensic Dentistry 1997-present
· Suffolk County Mass Disaster Team 1997- present
· American Dental Hygienist Association
· New York Dental Hygienist Association
· Long Island Dental Hygienist Association
· Suffolk County Medical Reserve Corp 2006-2009
FEMA incident command systems IS-00100, IS-00200, IS00700, IS00800
Suffolk County Department of Health Services, “Point of Distribution” POD training
Basic Disaster Life Support training, Hazardous Materials Awareness 29CFR 1910.120
American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR and AED Program Current training for Infection Control
Colgate Oral Health Advisor
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