As dental hygienists, we put our patients first. This October, we are turning our focus inward to honor the inner strength, dedication and endurance that has pulled us together – and through – some of the greatest challenges in our careers and personal lives. Because when we create a daily practice of self-care and prioritizing wellness for others we all thrive.       -ADHA

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Shining the Light on Kayla Gallegos, NMDHA's 2021-2022 President

Kayla Gallegos is a native New Mexican. She grew up in Grants and moved to Albuquerque in 2012 to attend The University of New Mexico.  In 2017 she obtained her Bachelors degree and began working in both private practice and public health.  In 2019 she completed her Masters degree in Dental Hygiene.  She currently practices clinically dental hygiene as well as myofunctional therapy in Albuquerque.  She has a strong passion for medical and dental integration to provide systemic health care to her patients.  Kayla lives in Edgewood where she raises pigs, chickens, and her sweet lab, Cache.  Her hobbies include crafting, reading, gardening, and hunting!  She is very excited to be the 2021-2022 NMDHA President.

Kayla's President's Message:  Facing the Future - Together

 Ready to be recognized? ADHA 2022 Awards are now open! Don’t miss your chance to be celebrated for your amazing accomplishments in clinical, education, public health, research and more. Simply find the award that fits and apply today at


New Mexico Mission of Mercy (MOM) is coming to San Juan County!

Mark your calendars! NM MOM will be in Farmington on September 23-24, 2022 at McGee Park.
Volunteer registration will start April 2022. For more information click/tap here.

The University of New Mexico, Division of Dental Hygiene faculty proudly bestow a gavel to NMDHA President Diana Aboytes during the opening ceremony of the NMDHA Scientific Session in September. UNM faculty have a history of providing a gavel to faculty who serve as president of the association!
L-R: Whitney Compton, Lizabeth Hinojos, Katelynn Steward, Erica Clampitt, Christine Nathe, Diana Aboytes, Robin Gatlin, & Justine Ponce.

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 NMDHA represents the interests of over 1300 dental hygienists in New Mexico. This non-profit, volunteer-based professional association serves all dental hygienists in New Mexico.