Dental Hygiene

Faculty and Alumni Activity

Brags & Congrats

September 2014

Kathleen Hodges, Professor Emeritus, published "Anterior Instrumentation" in the September issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

Karen Portillo, Assistant Professor, published "Improving Access to Care" in the September issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

Vicki Dodge, Adjunct faculty, Denise Bowen, Professor Emeritus, Kristin Calley, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, and Teri Peterson published "A Faculty Development course to Enhance Dental Hygiene Distance Education: A Pilot Study" in the September issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

JoAnn Gurenlian, Professor and Graduate Program Director, presented "Inter-professional Education and Practice" at the 5th ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference on September 15, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

August 2014

Kandis Garland did a feature for "Ask the Expert" in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

June 2014

JoAnn Gurenlian published "Considerations for Treating Women with Cancer" in the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

JoAnn Gurenlian and Denise Bowen taught a workshop "Effective Strategies for Mentoring and Teaching Research" and JoAnn Gurenlian presented "Dental Hygiene Education: Road to Success" as part of the workshop "Benefits of Graduate Education - Alternative Career Paths & Networking for Success." This workshop was moderated by our own Michelle Smith, graduate student and Manager, Division of Education, ADHA.

JoAnn Gurenlian, at the ADHA Annual Session, provided a presentation on "Entry Level Doctoral Dental Hygiene Curriculum" as part of the workshop "Transforming Dental Hygiene Education: New Curricular Domains and Models."

Kandis Garland, at the ADHA Annual Session, conducted a lunch and learn presentation, "Infection Control Compliance--Strategies to Enhance Safety Culture in Your Practice".

Rebecca Tranmer published a guest editorial entitled "Collaboration Within Cancer Care" in the July issue of Access.

May 2014

Karen Portillo is the recipient of another Ronald McDonald House of Charities grant for the department of dental hygiene. Karen will use the money to purchase a Diagnodent and an Iso-dry system for the sealant program.

Denise Bowen, Professor Emeritus, Kathleen Hodges, Professor Emeritus, and JoAnn Gurenlian, Professor and Graduate Program Director are authors of book chapters that appear in the 4th edition of the text Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice.

JoAnn Gurenlian is also the author of Diabetes Care Strategies that appears in the May issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Jacqueline Freudenthal is featured in the Ask the Expert column of that issue answering a question about pain control during selective scaling and root planing.

April 2014

The following articles appeared in the April issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene:

Tara Johnson Power Instrumentation Considerations

Jacqueline Freudenthal Create the Informed Dental Patient, a special supplement

Kandis Garland Face the Threat

JoAnn Gurenlian currently President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists; author of monthly column in RDH magazine; author of quarterly column in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene; presented 2 programs at the 2014 Dubai World Dental Meeting, 3 presentations at the AAEDC UAE International Dental Conference & Arab Dental Exhibition, and 4 programs at the International Dental Professionals of Switzerland Continuing Education Conference; member of Think Tank for the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice.

Ellen Rogo, Leciel Bono, and Teri Peterson whose article entitled "Developing Future Leaders in Legislative Advocacy" appears in the April issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

Denise Bowen maintains research column in Journal of Dental Hygiene; consulting editor for Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice, 4th edition; member of Think Tank for the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice

March 2014

Ellen Rogo and Karen Portillo co-authored Online Learning Community Model, an oral presentation presented during the Division of Health Sciences Research Day in March 2014.

February 2014

Karen Portillo, RDH, MD was a recipient of the Olav Alvares Award for Best Article Published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2013

Karen Portillo, RDH, MD was a recipient of the Olav Alvares Award for Best Article Published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2013. Portillo was lead author of the paper published in the Journal of Dental Education entitled "A Survey of Degree Completion Programs in Dental Hygiene Education" Co-authors for this paper included Dr. Rogo and Dr. Cellucci.

Tara Johnson published "Power Instrumentation Considerations" in the April issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

Denise Bowen, RDH, MS, published the paper "Oral Cancer Screenings" in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene

Elena Franscisco, RDH, MS (recent graduate) and co-authors, Tara Johnson, RDH, PhD, Jacqueline Freudenthal, RDH, MHE, and Galen Louis, PhD, published "Dental Hygienists' Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice Behaviors Regarding Caries Risk Assessment and Management in the December issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

January 2014

Kathleen Hodges now professor emeritus, published "Components of Optimal Ultrasonic Therapy" in the January issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.


October 2013

JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, was an invited speaker for the ADHA/Santa Fe Group meeting on Transforming Dental Hygiene Education.
Dr. Gurenlian presented "From Whence we Came: The Evolution of Dental Hygienists' Practice and Curriculum Development" on September 19, 2013.

August 2013

ISU Dental Hygiene Professor to Lead International Federation of Dental Hygienists

Idaho State University's JoAnn Gurenlian, professor and graduate program director for dental hygiene, will be installed as the president of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists at Cape Town, South Africa in August.

"It is truly a pleasure and a great honor to be selected to represent the IFDH and to support the mission of the association over the next three years," Gurenlian said. "Connecting dental hygienists around the globe, sharing insights, and working together to improve the oral health of the public will be both enlightening and rewarding."

The International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization that attempts to unite dental hygienists from around the world in their common goal of promoting oral health. This organization was established in 1986 to:

  • Safeguard and defend the interests of the profession of dental hygiene, represent and advance the profession of dental hygiene.
  • Promote professional alliances with its association members as well as with other associations, federations, and organizations whose objectives are similar.
  • Promote and coordinate the exchange of knowledge and information about the profession, its education, and its practice.
  • Promote access to quality preventive oral health services.
  • Increase public awareness that oral disease can be prevented through proven regimens.
  • Provide a forum for the understanding and discussion of issues pertaining to dental hygiene.

For more information on the organization visit www.ifdh.org.

Kandis Garland has published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene

Kandis Garland has published "A Survey of United States Dental Hygienists' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices with Infection Control Guidelines" in the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

September 2013

Congratulations Karen Portillo ! She received a $7050 grant to buy portable dental equipment to start a dental sealant program for youths in Pocatello.
Dental health programs receive grant to fix gaping lack of dental care problems among youth

June 2013

Karen Portillo, Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Hygiene was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $5979.00 from the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Idaho to implement the Greenacres Elementary Dental Sealant Program. This money will be used to purchase a mobile dental unit so that children can be provided sealants preventing tooth decay, and the pain and suffering associated with this chronic disease of children.

Denise M. Bowen, RDH, MS, published a paper entitled "History of Dental Hygiene Research" in the Special Commemorative Issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene June 2013. JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, coauthored with Ann Spolarich, RDH, PhD, the paper "Advancing the Profession Through Doctoral Education" in the same journal.

April 2013

On April 20, JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, was honored as the recipient of the Excalibur Award from Bishop Eustace Preparatory High School for her excellence in the profession of dental hygiene.

March 2013

The faculty and graduate program students and alumni from the Department of Dental Hygiene conducted presentations at the American Dental Education Association Meeting held in Seattle Washington as follows.

Dr. Ellen Rogo and Leciel Bono (graduate student) presented a workshop entitled "A Panoramic View of Professional Development from Student to Educator" on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Lisa Welch (alumnus), Dr. Rogo, Kathleen Hodges, and Dr. Beverly Hewett presented a poster entitled "The Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections via Oral Sexual Contact" on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Dr. Rogo and Karen Portillo, RDH, MS, presented their poster, "Stages of Online Learning Communities" on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Ann Wetmore (alumnus) co-presented a workshop (with Jana Mannen) on "Mapping the Terrain of Effective Clinical Management" on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian presented "Thesis Process and Considerations" as part of the workshop on Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Scholarly Activity: Moving the Profession Forward on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

February 2013

Karen Portillo, RDH, MS
The Department of Dental Hygiene, under the direction of Karen Portillo, RDH, MS, conducted their Give Kids a Smile Program, treating 91 children from the surrounding Southeast Idaho area and providing almost $19,000 worth of oral health care services at no charge. Dental hygiene faculty, students and dentists volunteered their time over two days to provide preventive oral health care to these children.

Tara Johnson, RDH, PhD
Dr. Tara Johnson has been selected to serve as the Poster Session Chair for the International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research General Session from March 20-23, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Johnson is being recognized for her contributions to substantial research for the profession.

January 2013

Kathleen Hodges, RDH, MS
Kathleen published a manuscript "The Power of Selection" in the January 2013 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.


December 2012

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
JoAnn presented "Future Directions: Putting the Pieces Together" at the Interprofessional Conference entitled "The Oral Systemic Link: Creating Collaborative Initiatives" held on December 10, 2012, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

In the December issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene was the article "Risk Assessment for Autoimmune Diseases" coauthored by JoAnn Gurenlian and Ann Spolarich.

Frieda Atherton Pickett
"Nonfluoride Caries Prevention" was published in the December issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene by Frieda Atherton Pickett, coauthoed by Ruth Tornwall.

Kandis Garland, RDH, MS
Kandis Garland was featured in the December issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene with her article "Separate the Facts from Fiction".

November 2012

Kathleen O. Hodges, RDH, MS
Kathleen Hodges published the manuscript "Maximize the Benefits of Mouthrinse" in the November issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

Lisa Moravec, alumnus of the MSDH Program, has published "Habits for Healthy Practice" in the same publication.

October 2012

Jacqueline Freudenthal, RDH, MHE published a paper entitled "Risk Management in Pain Control," and Elena Francisco, recent alumnus, co-authored a paper with Vicki Dodge, current MSDH student, entitled "Identify Moderate Caries Risk." Both articles appeared in the August 2012 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

Kandis Garland, RDH, MS published an article "The Battle Against Biofilms" in the September issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

July 2012

Merri L. Jones, RDH, MSDH, alumnus of the MSDH Program, just published an article called Team Approach in the July issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Congratulations!

Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS, Assistant Professor, in the Department of Dental Hygiene was appointed tot he American Dental Association National Board Dental Hygiene Examination Test Construction Committee. This is a two- year appointment. In addition, Kandi was invited to write the proceedings from the recently held Organization for Safety, Asepsis, & Prevention Symposium. Congratulations!


June 2012

Please join me in recognizing Kandis Garland, RDH, MS, and Elena Francisco, MSDH, RDHAP (alumnus) for being appointed to the Peer Review Panel 2012 of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, and Kathleen Hodges, RDH, MS, for her article "Reduce the Bacterial Load" that appeared in the June issue of Dimensions.

Congratulations all!

45th Annual National ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors' Conference in Chicago, Illinois

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD and Kristin Hamman Calley, RDH, MS, created and presented the paper "Promoting Social Networking in Graduate Dental Hygiene Education" at the 45th Annual National ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors' Conference on June10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.


Advances in Practice CE Mini-Conference in Mesa, Arizona

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD presented "Considerations for Treating Women with Cancer" at the Advances in Practice CE Mini-Conference sponsored by the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice on June 13, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.

ADHA Annual Session in Phoenix, Arizona

"Building Online Learning Communities in a Graduate Dental Hygiene Program" Poster Session by Ellen J. Rogo, RDH, PhD and Karen Portillo, RDH, MS.


"Precision Grip Strength in Dental Hygiene Students" Poster Session by Lisa J. Moravec, RDH, MS (alumnus), Kathleen O. Hodges, RDH, MS, Ellen J. Rogo, RDH, PhD, and Deanna C. Dye, PT, MA, PhD.

"The Role of the Dental Hygienist on the Cleft Palate Team" Poster Session by Sara L. Beres, BA, RDH, MSDH (alumnus)

"Lotions, Motions and Potions: What Should You Recommend?" Continuing Education Workshop by Denise Bowen, RDH, MS and Jacqueline Freudenthal, RDH, MHE.


Tonette L. Hollingworth, RDH, and MSDH student, served as District X Trustee representing Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming Dental Hygienists' Associations.


 

May 2012

Please join me in congratulating our alumnus, Lidia Silva, and faculty Kathleen Hodges and Kristin Calley for their research article entitled, "A Comparison of Dental Ultrasonic Technologies on Subgingival Calculus Removal: A Pilot Study" that was published in the Spring edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Denise Bowen, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Dental Hygiene, published an article entitled, "Flossing or Alternative Interdental Aids?" in the Spring edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

March 2012 - ADEA Conference in Orlando, Florida

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, professor and interim graduate program director, Department of Dental Hygiene, co-presented two workshops with Ann E. Spolarich, RDH, PhD, titled "Creating an International Online Doctoral Program in Dental Hygiene" at the American Dental Education Association Annual Session on March 20 and 21, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

Ellen J. Rogo, RDH, PhD, associate professor, and Leciel K. Bono, RDH, BS and graduate student, Department of Dental Hygiene, co-presented a workshop titled "Engage Students in Legislative Advocacy" at the American Dental Education Association Annual Session on March 18, 1012, in Orlando, Florida.

Ellen J. Rogo and Colleen Stephenson, RDH, BS, and graduate student, in the Department of Dental Hygiene, co-presented a TechExpo titled "Using Hands-Free Computer Technology in Education to Enhance Patient Care" at the American Dental Education Association Annual Session on March 20, 2012, in Orlando, Florida.

March 2012

Kathleen O. Hodges, RDH, MS, Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene recently published a paper on "Restore Periodontal Health" in the February issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.