Personal stories from working dental hygienists
Access magazine is your source for health and practice news, professional issues and legislative developments. In their regularly featured column “Working”, you’ll find profiles of professional dental hygienists working in unique settings.
As associate director, Dentistry in the Community, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, Michelle Panico, RDH, MA, DHSc, teaches her own classes and is involved in the planning and implementation of many public health courses. This wasn't the original plan.
"We think we know what would be good for us and what we want", said Panico.
"I really wanted to work in the clinic, but there were different plans, obviously, for me, and that was to not be in the clinic but being one of their faculty and administrators working with their public health program."
"I couldn't have dreamed that up I never would have thought that a position like that existed."
To learn more about Panico's career and the series of events that led to her unique position, read the full story.
From academia to consulting to corporate environments to non-profits and more, see how today’s dental hygienists are going beyond traditional oral health roles to make their careers work for them.