I am honored to serve as your 2017-2018 President. I have been practicing dental hygiene for almost 20 years and have been an active member of MDHA for the past 7 years. I am so thankful for the determined visionaries who worked diligently with MDHA, allowing me the opportunity to work as a Limited Access Permit hygienist. MDHA membership was the most significant catalyst for change in my dental hygiene career. I have always been a service driven hygienist, but when I became a MDHA member I was immediately surrounded by likeminded, goal setting, save the world one tooth at a time hygiene rock stars. I am passionate about MDHA/ADHA and where the profession of dental hygiene is heading.
I believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile. Growing up in North Eastern Montana, where access to dental care can be a struggle, opened my eyes to the need for alternative practice settings. I am passionate about advocating for those who may not be able to care for themselves. MDHA is devoted to its members and improving access to care in our state. ADHA’s vision is that dental hygienists are valued and integrated into the broader health care delivery system to improve the public’s oral and overall health. ADHA’s strategic plan goals are to support dental hygiene professionals throughout their careers, advocate for the profession of dental hygiene and strengthen ADHA’s infrastructure. Membership is the most important key in the achievement of these goals. This past year, MDHA worked tirelessly along with our lobbyist to pass SB 120, which expands dental hygiene services in Montana. The protection and advancement of our profession needs your support, and I want to thank all of you for everything that you do to support MDHA! I look forward to the future of Dental Hygiene and I am excited to be your Montana Dental Hygiene Association President.
Crystal Spring, RDH, LAP