Work History

Work History
May 2000 - Present

Dental Hygienist

Todd P. Briscoe, DDS, PC

I have worked for Dr. Briscoe for thirteen years and feel very fortunate to have worked in a practice that has allowed me so much opportunity to grow as a hygienist. I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the field of periodontics, while working in this practice, and feel this is an area of expertise. In addition to caring for and treating patients, I have also spent time creating patient education flyers as well as documentation forms used by the staff. It is also my responsibility to maintain and order the dental hygiene patient supplies (i.e. toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, etc.) as well as manage OSHA regulations and documentation. Throughout the years, I have also been in charge of running staff meetings and organizing in-office continuing education courses.

Jan 2007 - Present

Lab Assistant (Clinical Instruction)

Indiana University Purdue University

Since January 2007, it has been my pleasure to work with the students, in a "hands-on" environment, as a clinical instructor.  This role allows me to use my knowledge and clinical skills which I have gained over the years, to facilitate education in one of the many facets of dental hygiene education.  As a clinical instructor, I have developed a deeper love for this education and am excited to become more involved. 

Aug 1999 - Present

Substitute Dental Hygienist

Dr. Tom Teel, Dr. Tom Gilbert, & Dr. Catherine Periolat

Although never employed full-time, I frequently work as a substitute hygienist in this practice. By subbing, I have had the opportunity to become familiar with their computer software, daily scheduling, and office protocol.  This experience has allowed me to gain a different perspective of how this office is maintained and operated differently from my full-time position at Dr. Briscoe's office. 

Education

Education
Aug 2010 - Present

Master of Science

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

My concentration within this degree was adult education and educational administration in which thesis research was required. 

May 2010 - Present

Bachelor

Indiana University Purdue University
May 1999 - Present

Associate of Science

Indiana University Purdue University

Educational Interests

While I have a passion for all of dental hygiene education, my interests particularly lie within periodontics, preventive dentistry, practice management, and dental public health.  In my clinical experience, I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge in these areas, in particular, and would love the prospect to share my passion and enthusiasm for this material by teaching these courses.  However, I will not decline any opportunities and am willing and excited to teach any course I am given.

Computer and Technology Skills

I am experienced and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  I have also had extensive experience using Detrix Software as well as Softdent modules and several different digital radiology systems.  I have worked with ELMO, Blackboard and Web CT.  I am willing and able to attend any additional training courses for computer software and technology that pertains to this position. 

Personal Values

Throughout my educational, career, and life experiences the following values influence my decisions and daily actions.  It is my intention to hold true to my values and allow them to influence my actions in my classroom and in my life.  As a dental hygienist and an educator I am guided by the following values. 

I value AMBITION:

No goal is unattainable.  I believe with determination and drive, accomplishment of personal and professional goals is always within reach.  It is my responsibility to encourage and applaud the goals and ambitions of my students and my fellow educators. 

I value ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS:

Education is full of obstacles, not only for students, but for educators as well.  I strive to recognize and praise the individual achievements and successes of my students and of my fellow educators.  Achievement and success, no matter how small or how great, is essential to move forward and to progress.

I value PROGRESS:

Without progress and change, I will not grow as a hygienist or as an educator.  I vow to constantly research ways to improve my methods of teaching and relating to my students.  By being open to change, I will be a more effective educator thus making my student's educational experience the best available. 

I value PROFESSIONALISM:

I am committed to behaving and teaching in a manner that always portrays the highest morals and ethics.  I also expect the same from my students, within and outside the walls of our educational institution.  As an educator, I am looked upon as a role model and will always behave accordingly. 

Educational Philsophy

I believe education is a not a means to an end, but a lifelong process that only begins with formal education.  As an educator, my role is to create an environment which fosters a foundation upon which students can begin their quest for lifelong learning.  It is my responsibility to give my students opportunities to actively participate in their education by employing varying methods of teaching as to appeal to diverse learning styles.  I strongly believe, despite the complexities and tribulations of dental hygiene education, through determination and motivation, all students have the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills required to become a licensed dental hygienist. 

My goal is for my students to become proactive, critical thinkers, first in their education and continued throughout their dental hygiene careers.  By  exemplifying passion for dental hygiene and commitment to education, I hope to inspire my students to develop a deep love and passion for our profession.  I want to instill in my students their education does not stop with their diplomas and passing of their boards, it is only there that it begins. 

It is my responsibility, as an educator, to be structured and consistent, as well as patient and compassionate.  I strive to be effective in my teaching by bringing diligence and warmth to my job, but never neglecting to allow humor and wit be a part of my methods.  Above all, as a dental hygiene educator, I owe my students an unparalleled education to allow them a solid foundation upon which their career will be built. 

Clinical Teaching Experience

I have had the opportunity to teach, as a clinical instructor, in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, since January 2007.  This teaching experience as allowed me the opportunity to incorporate my clinical knowledge with dental hygiene theory in facilitating the clinical skills among the students.  I enjoy working one-on-one with the students, and I feel that I have the ability to make a connection with each student appealing to their individual learning style in order to advance their clinical skills. 

In the fall semester of each school year, I also have the opportunity to work with first year dental hygiene students in Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene lab. While this lab comes with its own trials and tribulations of teaching new dental hygiene students, I truly enjoy the challenges as an educator. This lab forces me to think "outside the box" when assisting students with learning the basics of dental hygiene.  

In the fall semesters of 2009 and 2012, I was a radiology lab assistant for the first year dental hygiene students.  This opportunity allowed me the chance to work with small groups of students as they applied radiology concepts into the physical action of taking radiographs on a manikin.  Because of the small group environment, I had more of an opportunity to spend unique, quality teaching time with each student ensuring their confidence and ability to take diagnostically acceptable radiographs. 

Teaching Evaluations

Below is a representative sample of student comments from my radiology  and clinical practice teaching assignments. 

Very good at telling us what will be expected in the future! Always there to help and ensure we do what is correct! Very friendly and easy to talk to about what she experienced.

Great at demonstrating film placement, was helpful throughout the entire semester and gave me a true understanding of how to properly take films.

She obviously has a passion for dental hygiene and it shows when she is teaching us in clinic.  She never fails to provide helpful feedback.

She has genuine passion for patients, dental hygiene, and her students!  She will always make sure that if we make mistakes we know how to correct them!

Great instructor, hard, but fair and a very good teacher.

I feel as though she really describes things in a manner that is easy to grasp and understand.  She is very good at teaching in creative ways.

She is good at explaining things in an understandable way.

Your passion for this career is contagious! She really tries to calm our fears as students and is super patient with everyone.

She is SO smart. I love getting help from her and she is so inspirational. Best of all, she treats us all like we are adults and on her level. She does not put us down and it is wonderful. She is always here to help and explain it so we can understand. She wants us to learn

Awards

Gloria H. Huxoll AwardMay 1999

Award given to a graduating dental hygiene student who exemplifies those qualities displayed by Gloria H. Huxoll, namely motivation, sincerity, and dedication to the field of dental hygiene.

Professional Activities

Student Member, American Dental Hygienists' Association, August 1997-May 1999

Member, American Dental Hygienists' Association, May 1999-present

President, Isaac Knapp Dental Hygienists' Association 2002-2003, 2007-2008, 2013-2014

Vice President, Isaac Knapp Dental Hygienists' Association, 2000-2001

Delegate, Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association, 2005-present

Newsletter, Isaac Knapp Dental Hygienists' Association, 2005-2011

Website Chair, Isaac Knapp Dental Hygienists' Association, 2009-present

Oral Cancer Screenings and Patient Education, Burmese Health Fair, 2009

Mentor, Whitington Homes and Services, 2004-2005

Co-chair, Isaac Knapp Dental Hygienists' Association Continuing Education Committee, 2009-2011, 2013-2014

Dental Explorers Committee, 2008-2009

Volunteer Dental Hygienist, Matthew 25 Dental Clinic, 1999-2007

Research Interests

My master's thesis consisted of research evaluating periodontal assessment procedures currently utilized by Indiana dental hygienists.  I designed a survey to assess hygienists awareness and practice of the periodontal assessment procedures recommended by the American Academy of Periodontology.  Although a 31% response rate was achieved, I am still interested in furthering this research throughout my career in order to obtain a more accurate representation of what hygienists are practicing, nationally. 

In addition to continuing my research regarding periodontal assessment, I would also like to explore new theories and treatment regimines for dental caries, examine interpersonal communication within dental offices, and study new paradigms and modalities in dental hygiene education.  

Teaching Experience

I organized and taught a calibration session for Hu-Friedy's DiamondTec Scalers for the faculty of the dental hygiene program at Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne in March 2012. 

In April 2012 and March 2013, I presented Hu-Friedy's DiamondTec Scalers to the senior dental hygiene students at Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne. 

In October 2010, I was a featured speaker for Isaac Knapp Dental Hygienists' Association, "Back to School" continuing education program, where I taught a course called "Pick Your Patient's Brain, So You Can Really Pick Their Teeth".  This course covered information on social styles and how to interpret and decode patient language and behavior as to allow the dental team to better care for their patients.

I have also had the opportunity to teach this material to dental hygiene students, as a guest lecturer, in their Practice Management class in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013. 

In March 2013, I guest-lectured on "The Business of Dental Hygiene" and "Aspects of Practice Management" to the senior dental hygiene students. These lectures allowed me the opportunity to present the "real world" of dental hygiene to the soon-to-be graduates. 

In December 2009, I taught an "Introduction to Dental Hygiene" lecture to the Dental Explorers group in which I presented information to high school students considering dental hygiene as their profession.  This lecture also included a "mini" fundamentals lecture in which the students had the opportunity to use and explore dental hygiene instruments on typodonts. 

Continuing Education

Practice Management, Accelerated Practice Concepts,2005

Interceptive Periodontics by Accelerated Practice Concepts, 2005

    -this training was a one week, intensive, advanced periodontal training which included education on 

      assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease

OSHA training, Kay Maddox, October 2008, 2010

OSHA updates, Elaine Foley, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Ultrasonics, 2010

Ethics and Jurisprudence, 2009, 2011, 2012

Local Anesthesia, 2009

CPR & AED recertification, Summer 2010

Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Session, November 2000-2013

Isaac Knapp District Dental Association All Day Meeting, March  2007- 2013

Dental Hygiene in a Changing World, presented by ADHA, January 2013

Thesis Work

Certifications

Certifications
1999 - 2013

Dental Hygiene License

State of Indiana
1997 - 2013

Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) and AED Certification

American Red Cross

References

References

Elaine Foley, RDH, MSEd