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Over the past years of my dental career there were many times that I questioned my career that I had once loved so much. I started to feel like I was losing my zest for the profession and doubted my choices. When I learned about the Bachelor degree program with OHU it really spoke to me and I got that excited feeling in me again. Every Wednesday, I looked forward to logging on and discussing different aspects of our daily encounters within our profession, from patients, to staff, nutrition, dental topics, communication and the list goes on. Having just completed the program I miss my Wednesdays and want to share with others experiences, and knowledge, and listen to what others have to share. This program helped me get back what I was missing, the drive and the ambition to help others, not only in the office but within the dental community.

When I graduated with an Associate’s degree from a two year dental hygiene program in 2006, I happily believed that my college days were over after committing so much of myself to hygiene school. Excited to begin my career as a dental hygienist, I jumped right into clinical practice and was content to stay there for two years.

However, in 2008, my career unexpectedly changed. I was given the opportunity to mentor a small group of about five hygienists within a large group practice. This salaried, non-clinical position was a perfect fit for me, and I began to learn considerably from the hygienists I mentored, as well as the doctors and business professionals that mentored me. The more I learned, the more I realized I needed to learn! Fast forward four years to 2012, and my mentoring role had evolved considerably. I was now coaching over a hundred hygienists in multiple group practice affiliates in several states. My job included designing and presenting Hygiene CE, helping to shape hygiene clinical protocol, and evaluating new hygiene therapies and products.

O’Hehir University Graduate Christa Crilley McConaghy, RDH, PHDHP wrote an article for Dentistry IQ. In it, she talks about her experience as an OHU student.

Tell an audience full of people from various age ranges and cultures, and who have had many different life experiences, to picture a beach scene in their mind. Chances are that each person will envision something different. Some may see a crowd of sunbathers. Others will see themselves alone on secluded beach, frolicking in the sand. Some will see high-rise hotels along golden beaches, yet others see small bungalows being swallowed up by dunes....

Read the full article here.