This past spring Erika Morales became the first in her family to graduate from college by earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from UNM!
Spring of 2022 was momentous to Erika for another reason. It was at this time when Erika was presented with the Irene Navarre Dental Hygiene Student Award. This award is presented to a dental hygiene student who demonstrates clinical excellence and leadership qualities. Way to go Erika!
Erika works as a full-time clinical dental hygienist in a public health dental clinic, providing care to one of many underserved communities in New Mexico. Fluent in Spanish and English, she loves to work closely with patients of all origins, using education and prevention care to promote oral health.
In her free time Erika enjoys reading a good novel or traveling to new places with family. Erika is excited for the future of dental hygiene and the doors that will be opened with the hard work and dedication by both seasoned hygienists and new graduates.
NMDHA shares Erika’s excitement for the future of dental hygiene and looks forward to seeing Erika’s leadership skills in action!
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