New Direction for Nation's Oldest Dental Hygiene Association

Sep 21, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Dental Hygienists' Association

    CHICAGO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Dental Hygienists'
 Association (ADHA) recently installed Ann Naber, RDH, of Bellbrook, Ohio, as
 its new president to lead the decades old organization into the 21st Century.
     Naber takes over the reigns from immediate past president Karla Girts,
 RDH, BSDH, and among her many challenges, Naber will look at ways to educate
 Americans about mounting evidence linking gum disease to various
 life-threatening illnesses.
     Other officers installed include Kimberly Benkert, RDH, MPH, COM,
 Countryside, Ill., as president-elect; Tammi Byrd, RDH, Columbia, S.C., as
 vice president; and Jamie Menees, RDH, BS, Albuquerque, N.M., remains as
     Newly installed district trustees for 2001-2002 are as follows:  Marge
 Green, RDH, MS, Yorktown, Va., District III (Del., D.C., Md., Va. and W.Va.)
 succeeds Irene Connolly, RDH, MS, Norfolk, Va.  Anita F. LaTourette, RDH,
 Norcross, Ga., District IV (Fla., Ga., N.C. and S.C.) succeeds Tammi O. Byrd,
 RDH, Columbia, S.C.
     ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional
 interests of the more than 100,000 dental hygienists across the country.
     Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in
 dental hygiene, who specialize in the prevention and treatment of oral
 diseases in order to protect total health.
     If you would like more information about dental hygiene, preventive oral
 health, or the connection between periodontal (gum) disease and
 life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, low-birthweight
 babies, or respiratory ailments, visit ADHA at .
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SOURCE American Dental Hygienists' Association