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Valoree Althoff

(Posted: 01/22/2022)
NMDHA is excited to announce that Valoree Althoff was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care Dental Hygienist Committee representing District 1!!
Valoree received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from UNM in 2004. In 2018, she received her MHA (Masters of Health Administration), also from UNM.
Valoree has served in various positions on the NMDHA Board of Trustees since 2004. Among other positions, she served as NMDHA President 2011-2012 and again 2020-2021. She also had the distinction of serving as ADHA District IX Trustee to New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas 2013-2017. Valoree is a credentialed parliamentarian with two organizations: Professional Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians and a Certified Parliamentarian-Teacher with the American Institute of Parliamentarians. She has taught many educational workshops on Meeting Procedure across the country.
Valoree has been happily married to her husband, Andy, since 2009. They share in the joys Ari, a 3-year old Labrador, brings to their family!
NMDHA is very proud of this dynamo of a hygienist!
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Welcome Kelly Mandella!

(Posted: 01/13/2022)

NMDHA Welcomes Kelly Mandella, PIMA’s new Dental Hygiene Program Director in ABQ!

If you go back a ways, you’ll find that Kelly was in the legal field for 14 years prior to becoming a hygienist. Immediately before coming to Albuquerque, she spent six years as a Clinical Coordinator in Seattle, WA, where some described her a a “real go-getter, high-energy achiever”.  It seems as though Kelly has brought those same qualities to her position at PIMA as she carries on the tradition of excellence established by Missy Plese, Kelly’s predecessor.

Kelly is licensed in both WA and NM, possessing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University and a Masters of Science Degree in Learning Technology and Design with a focus on Technology in Schools from the University of Missouri. She has experience in private practice settings, including a periodontal office and a community health center. 

Kelly has a passion for teaching and connecting students to volunteer opportunities whether, in the dental field or other interprofessional settings such as nursing, pharmacology, or veterinary medicine. Washington State Dental Hygiene Association recognized this passion by awarding Kelly with The Educator Of The Year award in 2019! 

Kelly’s dad was a Navy pilot, moving frequently, so adapting to new situations and areas is in her blood.  Of course, the good weather in the Land of Enchantment goes a long way in helping one to quickly feel right at home. PIMA’s faculty did the rest  with their warm greetings and feelings of camaraderie. 

In her “spare” time, Kelly serves as a hygiene examiner, a CODA site visitor and volunteer test constructor.

She has been married for thirty years, has two grown sons and two dogs.

Welcome Kelly!

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Oral Health in America: Advances & Challenges

(Posted: 12/22/2021)

December 21, 2021

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), released the anticipated "Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges." This is only the 2nd comprehensive document on this topic and the first in 20+ years! Several dental hygienists contributed to the report including ADHA CEO Ann Battrell, MSDH, as a scientific reviewer. ADHA members who were contributing authors include: Cynthia C. Amyot, RDH, EdE; Christine M. Blue, BSDH, MS, DHSc; Sharon Clough, RDH, MS Ed; Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH; Christine Farrell, RDH BSDH, MPA; Hannah Maxey, PhD, MPH, RDH; and Cheryl Westphal Theile, RDH, EdD. Look for highlights from the report in coming weeks. Meantime, find the Executive Summary at:

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The Treetop Tooth Shop

(Posted: 12/06/2021)

Alison Logee, a Canadian dental hygienist and owner of Dental Hygiene Wellness Center in St-Eugène has combined a love of nature and her work as a dental hygienist into a children’s book, written to both entertain children and teach them proper oral hygiene.


Alison has written 2 children’s picture books (3-7 yrs.) and plans on creating a full series called The Chelsea Squirrel Series.


Her first book, The Treetop Tooth Shop, is currently being sold on Alison’s website for about $15.00 US dollars. E-book also available.  See website for details.


Alison says that The Treetop Tooth Shop is a fun adventure story that inspires children to pick up their toothbrush at an early age and to create a positive relationship with their dental hygienist.


The book tells the story about Mousey, who is restless because his mouth hurts him.  He finally makes his way to The Treetop Tooth Shop where Miss Chelsea, the dental hygienist, teaches him the  importance of taking good care of his teeth.


The story is written in rhyme and is based on true-to-life characters.  You can read about these characters in Alison’s very touching story found on her website  Here, Alison describes how a tiny squirrel and a mouse that she cared for inspired 2 of the characters in the book.


Her 2nd book in the series is called Chelsea’s Flossome Friend & will be launched for Oral Health month in Canada (April 2022).


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International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2022

(Posted: 11/17/2021)

Be a part of the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH), Dublin, Ireland August 11-13th. ISDH is an amazing opportunity to expand your expertise, share ideas, present current research and connect with fellow hygienists on a global scale. This year’s theme “The Future in Our Hands” says it all! Early bird registration ends Jan 31, 2022. Register today for the best rate at

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This is important!

(Posted: 11/04/2021)

Your current membership expires at the end of December. Renew today to keep your membership benefits going strong through 2022!!

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ADHA is accepting applications for selected leadership positions.

(Posted: 10/22/2021)

Ready to give back to advance our profession? ADHA is accepting applications for selected elected officials, district trustees and committees. Join us to share your leadership skills, collaborate and make a difference. Together, we can support and cultivate an environment of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Application deadline is Monday, February 7, 2022. Apply for one of our open elected positions at

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Looking for financial assistance to further your academic achievement, professional excellence and improve the public’s overall health?

(Posted: 10/09/2021)

ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists who demonstrate a commitment to advance the discipline of dental hygiene. The call for scholarship applications begins in October of each year. Apply for your opportunity to receive funding to extend your dental hygiene education.

Deadline to apply is 2.22.22.

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NMDHA Donations/Payments

(Posted: 05/28/2019)

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