Dental Hygiene



Class of 2015

Karissa Clark: "Oral Health of Elderly Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Qualitative Study Examining Barriers, Solutions, Policies, Rules and Regulations"

Deborah L. Johnson: "A Study of Nutrition in Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Education"

Michelle Smith: "Leadership in Degree-Completion Programs--A Study Comparing Stand-Alone Leadership Courses versus Leadership-Infused Curricula"

Monika Alcorn: "The Antibacterial Effects of Silver Nitrate on Oral Biofilm"

Angie Bailey:"Oral Health Training and Interprofessional Education in Family Medicine and Pediatric Residency"

Leciel Bono:"Effects of a Legislative Advocacy Educational Unit on Dental Hygiene Students' and Alumni"

Lillian Bowen:"Developing an Oral Health Referral System"

Courtney Perrachione:"Visualization of the Oropharynx during Head and Neck Cancer Examinations"

Lisa Joy Santiago:"Dental Hygiene Faculty Calibration to Enhance Inter-Rater Reliability with Calculus Detection: A Pilot Study"

Victoria Martin:"The Relationship Between Educational Mock Boards and Clinical Board Examinations"

LaNae Rodgerson:"Social Presence in Online Graduate Dental Hygiene Education"

Rachelle Williams:"An Evaluation of a School-Based Sealant Program"

Class of 2014

Allison Cahoon: "A Survey of Dental Hygiene Collaborative Practice in New Mexico and Minnesota"

Vicki Dodge: "A Faculty Development Program to Enhance Dental Hygiene Distance Education: A Pilot Study"

Sandra Wilkie: "A Comparative Assessment of Volunteerism among Dental Hygienists: The Relationship Between a Practice Act Incentive, Behaviors, Perceptions, and Motivational Orientations"

Bethany Bewley: "The Role of the Dental Hygienist in Screening for Sleep Apnea"

Julia Forsmark: "Dental Hygiene Students' Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus and Its' Relation to Oropharyngeal Cancer"

Tonette Hollingsworth: "Oral Health Outcomes Following a Pediatric Preventive Oral Health Pilot Program in Montana"

Jacqueline Juhl: "Geographic Comparisons of Washington State Non-Traumatic Dental Complaint Emergency Department Patients"

Christine Rogers: New York State Dental Hygienists' Perceptions of a Baccalaureate Degree as the Entry-Level Degree Required for Practice"

Class of 2013

Catherine Beebe: "Educational Technology for the Millennial Dental Hygiene Student"
During her academic tenure at ISU, Ms. Beebe was the recipient of the ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Students Pursuing Academic Careers.

Lisa Belt: "Impact of Adjunctive Techniques in Oral Cancer Screenings on Motivation to Quit Tobacco Use"
Ms. Belt was selected to represent the Graduate Program as part of the DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Dental Hygiene Research Program and presented a poster presentation at the ADHA Annual Session in June.

Mary Bossart: "HbA1c Chairside Screening for Diabetes in Patients with Chronic Periodontitis"
Ms. Bossart's research was presented during the poster presentation session at the ADHA Annual Session in June.

Nichole Dicke: "A Survey of Clinical Faculty Calibration in Dental Hygiene Programs"

Sandra Miles: "Integration of Client Self-Care Commitment Model in a Dental Hygiene Curriculum"

Nancy Sherrill: "Families' Perceptions of Oral Health Care for Long-Term Care Residents"
Ms. Sherrill distinguished herself as the 2013 Outstanding Student Award Master Candidate for the Division of Health Sciences.

Class of 2012

Lisa Welch: "Knowledge Level of Undergraduate College Students About the Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Via Oral Sexual Contact"

* In light of Ms. Welch's exemplary research efforts, she was selected to receive the 2012 ISU Division of Health Sciences Outstanding Student Researcher Award. This award was established to recognize graduates who have excelled in leadership, research, and clinical practice and was presented to Ms. Welch by Dr. Linda Hatzenbuehler on May 4, 2012 at the Division of Health Sciences 2012 Award Reception.

Patricia Wintch: "Executive Director's Knowledge, Perceptions, and Roles Regarding Provision of Oral Health Care to Long-Term Care Facility Residents"

Elena Francisco: "Dental Hygienist's Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Behaviors Regarding Caries Risk Assessment and Management"

*The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences awarded the Jeffrey A. Bartlome Memorial Research Grant to Elena Francisco at the Idaho Conference on Health Care on Oct. 21.

Class of 2011

Carol Amerine - "An Intervention to Improve Oral Hygiene of Residents in Long-term Care Facilities"

Sara Beres - "The Role of the Dental Hygienist on the Cleft Palate Team"

Merri Jones - "Interdisciplinary Approach to Care: The Role of the Dental Hygienist on the Pediatric Feeding Team"

Lisa Moravec - "Precision Grip Strength in Dental Hygiene Students"

Rebecca Tranmer - "National Survey of Oncology Teams' Knowledge, Education, and Management of Oral Cancer in Cancer Therapy"

Class of 2010

Brooke Agado - "Effects of Two Methods of Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy (NSPT) on Health-Related Quality of Life and Illness for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial"

Heather Hessheimer - "Use of Questioning in a Dental Hygiene Didactic Course"

Karen Portillo - "Current Status of Degree Completion Programs in Dental Hygiene Education"

Class of 2009

Lidia Brion-Silva - "A Comparison of Dental Ultrasonic Technologies on Subgingival Calculus Removal: A Pilot Study"

*The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences awarded the Jeffrey A. Bartlome Memorial Research Grant to Lidia Brion-Silva at the Idaho Conference on Health Care in 2009.

Ann Wetmore - "Use of Reflective Blogs to Promote Critical Thinking in Dental Hygiene Students"

Class of 2008

Tanae Nelson - "The Explanatory Model of Mexican American Mothers' Perception of Dental Decay"

*The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences awarded the Jeffrey A. Bartlome Memorial Research Grant to Tanae Nelson at the Idaho Conference on Health Care in 2008. Please add to existing text

Class of 2007

Sarah Jackson - "An Evidence-Based Self-Assessment Education Module for Dental Hygiene Curricula"

Student Activity

Brags & Congrats

October 2015

Kathy Diamondwas selected to participate in ADHA's 2015 workshop Unleashing Your Potential.

August 2015

Incoming 2015-2016 graduate students at orientation

Jessica Leubbers, accepted the position of full-time instructor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Oregon Institute of Technology. Jessica will begin this faculty position on September 14th.

Jana Pierce, received a $10,000 grant from Care Oregon Community Benefits Grant Program for the Children's Dental Clinic of Jackson County. This grant will be used for sterilization and handpiece upgrade equipment for the clinic. Jana notes that she gained grant writing skills through the mentorship she received in the MSDH Program.

July 2015

Kelly Schroeder received the ADHA Institute for Oral Health 2015-16 Rosie Wall Community Grant in the amount of $1177.00 to be used for her community practicum project, "Oral Health Education Program."

June 2015

Karen Portillo and Rachelle Williams received notice that they will be awarded $5692.25 from the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Idaho to purchase additional Diagnodent tips and an Iso-Dry system for their community projects. We know that the children of Pocatello will benefit from Karen and Rachelle's grant writing efforts. Kudos!!

Kris Dowling presented a lunch-and-learn session on functional medicine at the ADHA CLL on June 18, 2015.

Jennifer Evans, faculty member this year at Eastern Washington University, had her teaching contract renewed

May 2015

Kristen Stephens received a part-time teaching position at West Coast College.

Kelly Schroeder secured a $500 grant from Navitus Health Solutions to support her community health practicum.

Leciel Bono is the recipient of the Outstanding Student Research Award for the Division of Health Sciences.

Monika Alcorn is the recipient of the Distinguished Student Scholarship Award for the MSDH Program.

Michelle Smith is the recipient of the Leadership Award for the MSDH Program.

April 2015

Keiko Ogami successfully presented her thesis proposal "Oral Health Behaviours and Attitudes among Japanese Immigrants in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."

Courtney Perrachione's thesis manuscript was submitted for the Sigma Phi Alpha Journalism Award.

Leciel Bono was mentioned in "Graduate degrees drivers of an economy" by Dr. Cornelis J Van der Schyf.

March 2015

Leciel Bono and Ellen Rogo presented a workshop 'Unlocking the Advocate Within" at the ADEA Annual Meeting in Boston, March 9, 2015.

Courtney Perrachione, Tara Johnson, JoAnn Gurenlian, poster presentation at the Division of Health Sciences Research Day "Visualization of the oropharynx during head and neck cancer examinations," March 13, 2015.

Leciel Bono, Ellen Rogo, Kathleen Hodges, and Teri Peterson, poster presentation at the Division of Health Sciences Research Day, "Igniting advocacy in dental hygiene students: The effect of a legislative advocacy educational unit on undergraduate and graduate dental hygiene students," March 13, 2015.

Courtney Perrachione was nominated to represent the MSDH Program at the DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Student Clinician's Research Program Competition at the ADHA CLL in June 2015.

Karensa Schascheck successfully presented her thesis proposal "Educational Intervention Impacting Parents' Oral Health Literacy, Attitudes, and Behaviors."

November 2014

Leciel Bono, "I chose ISU - Leciel Bono, grad student and adjunct professor."

June 2014

At the 2014 ADHA Annual Session, two posters were presented on June 19th:

Jacqueline Juhl "Registered Dental Hygienists in Hospital Settings: Improving Healthcare Outcomes"

Jacqueline Juhl, Ellen Rogo, JoAnn Gurenlian "Geographic Comparisons of Washington State Non-Traumatic Dental Complaint Emergency Department Patients"

Two MSDH students have been selected to serve as representatives for the State Educator Network of the American Dental Hygienists' Association. Carri Shamburger will represent Alaska and Colleen Stephenson will represent Idaho.

May 2014

Christine Rogers' manuscript won the 2014 ADHA/Sigma Phi Alpha Journalism award. Co-authors of this paper included Drs. Tara Johnson and JoAnn Gurenlian.

Christine Rogers has received the ADHA/Sigma Phi Alpha Journalism Award for her thesis manuscript. This award is offered to one undergraduate and one graduate level student. Christine's manuscript will be published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene and she will receive a cash award of $1000. This is the first time that one of our students has received this prestigious award. We are very proud of you, Christine!

April 2014

Michelle Smith has an article "Crohn's Disease and Oral Implications." in the April issue of Access. Michelle also obtained the position of Manager of Dental Hygiene Education, Division of Education & Research, ADHA

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.

March 2014

Leciel Bono presented a poster presentation "Developing Future Leaders in Advocacy" at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session; co-authors included Ellen Rogo and Teri Peterson

December 2013

Michelle Smith published "Professional Terminology: Educating Patients and Modeling for Peers" in the December issue of Access.

September 2013

Anna Teeters published "Treating Patients with Cystic Fibrosis" in the September 2013 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene with co-authors JoAnn Gurenlian and Frieda Pickett

February 2013

Nancy Sherrill is the recipient of the Outstanding Student Achievement Award for the School of Graduate Studies-Master's recipient.

Tonette Hollingsworth obtained the position of Oral Health Program Coordinator for the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.

November 2012

Nichole Dicke published an article in the November issue of Access titled "Non-Carious Class V Lesions: What's Really Going On".

October 2012

Lillian Hilleman was awarded a scholarship from the IDHA to support her education in the MSDH Program.

Colleen Stephenson, part-time clinical faculty and MSDH student, was installed as President of the Idaho Dental Hygienists' Association at the Annual Session, Saturday, October 13, in Boise.

April 2012

Lisa Welch has been awarded the ISU Division of Health Sciences Outstanding Student Researcher Award for 2012. This award has been established to recognize graduates who have excelled in leadership, research, and clinical practice. We are proud of her accomplishment!

April 2012

Please join us in congratulating Jacqueline Juhl, current MSDH student, who has been awarded the Thelma Marani Scholarship through Soroptomist International of Anacortes, Washington. Congratulations Jacqueline!

March 2012 - ADEA Conference in Orlando, Florida

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, professor and interim graduate program director, Department of Dental Hgiene, 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

Graduate Carol Amerine was named acting Director of the Office of Oral Health at the Arkansas Department of Health. Congratulations Carol!

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.

February 2012

Please join me in congratulating Catherine Beebe who was just notified that she was selected as the recipient of the ADEA Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers.

Catherine is currently creating her thesis proposal and will benefit from this additional financial support. It is very well deserved!

October 2011

Elena Francisco Receives Bartlome Memorial Research Grant

Student Bios

Jacqueline A. Juhl, RDH, BS

Contact Information:

BS in Clinical Nutrition
BS in Dental Hygiene
ISU MSDH double emphasis Student

Professional Areas of Interests: Global Oral Health, Public Health Policy, Social Justice in Healthcare and Dental Hygiene Education, Periodontal Pathology Research

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, Glass arts, Watercolor, Water/Snow Sports, Travel

Career Goals: Achieve PhD in Global or Public Health, Teach and Research Dental Hygiene and Public Oral Health, Contribute to equity and improved access in oral healthcare.

Deborah L. Johnson

Oregon Health Sciences University Baccalaureate Dental Hygiene Program (1993)
Idaho State University Masters of Dental Hygiene Program (2011-present)

Professional Areas of Interests: Nutrition, optimal whole health, interdisciplinary collaboration and networking, and evidence-based research.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Quilting, Swimming, Zumba, walking/playing with my two Labrador Retrievers, and Cowboy Action Shooting

Career Goals: Educator in a dental hygiene program (preferably in a Master's degree dental hygiene program, Baccalaureate dental hygiene program, or degree completion program)

Michelle L. Smith

Loyola University Chicago (1990)
Bachelor degree completion program at Minnesota State University Mankato (2011)
Masters of Dental Hygiene Program (2012-present)

Professional Areas of Interests: Autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, interdisciplinary collaboration, nutrition

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spin, Les Milles classes, scrapbooking, reading

Career Goals: Educator of a dental hygiene program (preferably a degree completion program or Master's degree in dental hygiene program)

Karissa Harper

Contact Information:

Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene
currently in the Master of Science Dental Hygiene Program
Licenses include registered dental assistant, registered dental hygienist, and real estate salesperson

Professional Areas of Interests: I currently work four to five days a week practicing dental hygiene in a private practice in a small city called Cherry Valley in California.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, friends, and four dogs. I enjoy traveling, swimming, and reading. My husband and I are expecting our first child in June, so I enjoy getting things ready for his arrival.

Career Goals: I would like to continue to practice dental hygiene three to four days a week and eventually teach clinically at one of the local dental hygiene programs. I would also like to become an RDHAP in the next few years so I can work in different settings.


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