Hello all! I’m Kelley Oakes, your MDHA president.
I was born and raised in Billings, MT where I currently reside with my family. I graduated from the Sheridan College Dental Assisting program in 2002. After 3 years of practicing as a CDA, I returned to school and graduated from the Sheridan College Dental Hygiene program in 2009. My husband Todd and I married during my last year of the Dental Hygiene Program, and grew our family the following fall. We have 3 children, Tannur (26), Asa (9), and Oliver (7), as well as 1 grandson, Augustus (20 months). We love family movie nights in the winter, and camping in the summer.
I have worked part-time for the past 10 years in order to take care of our kiddos, one who is autistic, and one who is super ADHD. I thoroughly enjoy the time I get to spend with my patients as they teach me things I would otherwise never learn, show me grace and compassion, and give me words of advice and encouragement regarding my children. I have always been a member of MDHA yet hadn’t become active until about 2-3 years ago thanks to my dear friend Suzie Warren. Since then I have met so many new people and made great new friendships. I have enjoyed attending both our state annual sessions as well as the ADHA annual sessions. I have learned that just like raising children, it truly takes a village to keep up with the changes and advancements in our profession from year to year.
I would encourage you all to become active in both our state and local components in order to see how you can help make a positive impact on both patients and other hygienists. Thank you for your confidence and for allowing me to serve as your president of MDHA this year. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store.
Kelley Oakes, RDH, BS