Joyce Ellen Richards, RDH, BSDH

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  • Professional Information

    Specialties :
    Dental Hygienists

    Practice Name :
    Clay M. Gidel DDS

    Location :
    Colusa, 95932 United States

    Years in Practice :

    Description of Practice :

    I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Institute of Technology and licensed to practice in California.

    For the past 25 years I have been employed as a clinical dental hygienist for a successful modern general practice in the rural community of Colusa, California. During my tenure, I have mentored several dental hygiene and dental assistant externship candidates along with numerous high school seniors whose senior projects involved observing and investigating a career in dental hygiene. I am enrolled in a Masterís degree program in Allied Health Education.

    Being a hygienist in the agricultural community of Colusa has helped me hone my communication and customer service skills by providing dental hygiene education and clinical services to persons of various ages and ethnicities. Additionally, I teach courses for the United Methodist Church in public speaking for candidates seeking certification as lay speakers.

    Areas of Expertise :
    General Dental Hygiene

    Education/Degree :
    Colorado Northwestern Community College

    Year Graduated :

    Board Certification :
    RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist), BSDH (Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene)

    How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?

    By building relationships and trust.

    Professional Society Memberships :
    American Dental Hygiene Association, American Dental Education Association, Sigma Phi Alpha, Dental Hygiene Committee of California

    Honors and Awards :

    • Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society
    • Who's Who Among American College Students
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude

    Teaching and Speaking :

    Certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church

    Philanthropic Initiatives :

    "Growing Start", a project for educating preschool and Head Start instructors about promoting oral health, providing dental screenings and fluoride varnish to target populations.

    Attributes Success To:

    My conscious effort to continually grow in my profession through education and community service.

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    Hobbies/Sports :
    Scuba Diving, hunting, hiking, backpacking

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