Hygiene SPEAKERS

RDH SPEAKERS

Tricia Osuna, BSDH, RDH, FAADH

Tricia Osuna is a University of Southern California graduate, past president of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and California Dental Hygienists’ Association. Tricia is in her 44th year as a dental hygienist, with many of those as a clinician. She shares her experiences with her audiences in a humorous and enlightening presentation experience. Ms. Osuna is a lifelong CDHA/ADHA member and a previous Member of the Dental Board of California. She is a founding member of the American Board of Facial Esthetics. Licensed in both California and New York, her experiences traverse the dental hygiene arena in a unique way spanning a variety of roles including consultant, clinician, educator, international presenter, author, mentor, as well as owner of Professional Insights.
Sponsored By:- Ivolcar, Enova, Directa Dental

Susan S Wingrove

Susan S. Wingrove BS, RDH

Susan Wingrove BS, RDH. Dynamic innovator, writer, researcher, and international speaker. Dental hygienist RDH Award of Distinction and Western Society of Periodontology Hygiene Educator of the year recipient. Highly skilled researcher, contributor to multiple product developments, instrument co-designer of the Wingrove Titanium Implant Series, ACE probes, and Queen of Hearts instruments for PDT. Susan specializes in providing presentations, webinars, and workshops on protocols that follow the science for healthy teeth, implants, and disease treatment. Published author; American and International journals on peri-implant therapy, regeneration, advanced instrumentation, customizing patient home-care, and textbook: Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: 2nd Edition. Resides in Missoula, Montana to enjoy flyfishing, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Sponsored By:- Ivoclar, Oral-b

Melissa Calhoun, MSDH, RDH

Melissa Calhon, MSDH, RD, has more than two decades of dental expertise, begining as a dental assistant and completing a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from St. Petersburg college in 2008 and a master's in dental hygiene concentration in education from the Forsyth school of Dental hygiene at MCPHS University in 2021. She practices clinically and has experience in pediatric, general, and implant dentistry. Outside of clinical practice, she has two years of experience teaching didactic and clinical dental hygiene at Fortice College in Landover, Maryland. She is an educator for Arm and Hammer Oral Care and the Swiss Dental Academy(SDA). she teaches National Dental Hygiene Board Examination Reviews with Sanders Board Preparatory.
Sponsored By:- Waterpik, BioGaia, and EMS

Lynn Atkinson, RDH

Lynn Atkinson RDH has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 30 years. She graduated from Cypress College, California with a degree in Dental Hygiene and has been fortunate enough to be a part of several dental teams that have incorporated state-of-the-art technology. Her passion for utilizing technology while delivering the highest quality of patient care keeps her practicing four days a week as the Clinical Hygiene Director for a high-performing, patient-oriented dental practice in Mission Viejo, California. Lynn lectures and provides clinical, hands-on training to dental professionals on successfully incorporating lasers and other adjunctive therapies into their protocols. For the past several years, Lynn has been a speaker at numerous conferences across the nation, speaking on a variety of topics. She lectures locally in addition to her hands-on courses, has authored several published articles and has been a guest speaker on industry audio media platforms, enjoyed nationwide. Lynn is an active member and participant of multiple dental associations and organizations. Lynn is a key opinion leader for several dental manufacturers and companies as well as a speaker and trainer for US EMS Guided Biofilm Therapy. She serves on the Board of Directors at the Academy of Laser Dentistry as Auxiliary Chair, a member of the ALD Speakers Bureau, Education, Conference, and Testing Committees. Lynn is the honored recipient of the ALD 2022 Leon Goldman Clinical Excellence Award.
Sponsored By:- EMS, Biolase

Tom Baker,DDS

Dr. Tom Baker is a periodontist who practiced in San Francisco for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School and served as a dentist in the United States Navy for 4 years. He specializes in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease in the most minimally invasive way appropriate with the use of instruments such as the perioscope and microscope

Nicole Fortune, RDH

Nicole Fortune is a highly regarded dental hygienist, educator, consultant, and professional speaker who has gained industry-wide recognition for her advanced knowledge of periodontics. With a desire to expand her clinical knowledge and skills, she became the first dental professional in Vermont certified in Perioscopy, CO2, Diode and Nd:Yag laser use and Guided Biofilm Therapy. Nicole's dedication to patient care excellence, industry knowledge, and technological acumen earned her the title of Vermont’s Dental Hygienist of the Year for 2017. Nicole has experience in training other dental professionals in clinical use and competitive advantages of advanced technology and lecturing nationwide at several prestigious meetings including The Ramjford Symposium at the University of Michigan and The National Osteology Symposium. She earned both her BA and Dental Hygiene degree at the University of Vermont and MBA from Champlain College. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor for Vermont State College’s Dental Hygiene program and the clinical education manager for Young Innovations.
Sponsored By:- Young Dental

Cindy Purdy, RDH, BS, CEAS

Cindy Purdy is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) who specializes in improving the health and performance of dental professionals through creating safe in-office workstations. Cindy is a nationally known speaker and is the creator and force behind THRIVE! a Wellness and Therapeutic Summit for Dental Professionals. This 2 ½ day summit brings together ergonomic and medical specialists to help dental professionals enhance stamina & vitality, elevate performance, and inspire purposeful living—all while peeling away misconceived ideas relating to positioning, posture, and productivity.
Sponsored By:- Crown Seating, LLC, Hu-Friedy Group, MouthWatch, LLC, Andau Medical

Anne O. Rice, RDH

Anne has been a clinical dental hygienist for over 30 years, is a speaker, writer, and consultant. She created Oral Systemic Seminars in 2017 which she now devotes her time, focus and study to dementia prevention and oral systemic health. Anne received her preceptor for the Bale/Doneen method and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. In 2020 Anne became certified as a Longevity Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Research and Dementia Foundation, is a Fellow with The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and is on their advisory board. In 2021 she published her manuscript Alzheimer’s Disease and Oral-Systemic Health for Frontiers. Her column for RDH magazine focuses on oral systemic health and is also on the 2024 editorial advisory board. Anne has consulted with Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Florida Atlantic College Center for Brain Health, the Parkinson’s Research and Education Foundation and the Atria Institute.
Sponsored By:- Bio Gaia