Sat, Mar 26


Moab, UT 84532, USA

Southern Spring Seminar

9 CEs in the heart of one of Utah's most beautiful places.

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Southern Spring Seminar

Time & Location

Mar 26, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Moab, UT 84532, USA

About The Event

This will be the Spring Seminar not to miss!


Friday, March 25

Morning of Service at a Moab Elementry School 


Saturday, March 26

7:30 Check-in

7:30-8:00 am- Light Breakfast

8:00-11:00am-  Dental Hygienists: Essential Primary Care Providers, Lancette VanGuilder

11:00-1:00pm- Advanced Career Opportunities Beyond Traditional Dental Hygiene: Directly and Indirectly Caring for Patients, Angela Martin

1:00pm-2:30pm- Catered Lunch & Cultural Consciousness: Living and Working On and Around the Navajo Nation, Marsha Curley & Dharshini Begaye

2:30-3:30pm- Resilience, Lancette VanGuilder

3:30-5:30pm- A SMARTer Approach: Silver Diamine Fluoride and Glass Ionomer, Alyssa Aberle


My name is Marsha Jean Curley from the Hashkąą hadzohi Yucca Fruit Strung Out on a Line Clan. My mother is Hashkąą hadzohi Yucca Fruit Strung Out On a Line. My father is from the Tódichnii Bitter Water Clan. In 1997 my high school had a job shadowing program. I always wanted to work in a dental office ever since I was a child in braces, and this opportunity gave me a chance to see what dentistry was all about. I enjoyed this experience so much that I knew I wanted to be in dentistry. I received my associates degree from the College of Eastern Utah in Blanding in 2002. I then furthered my education with a scholarship from the Indian Health Services to pursued my passion in dental hygiene at Dixie State College. I graduated with an associates degree in dental hygiene in 2005, and I am very proud of being the first Navajo

graduate from Dixie's dental hygiene program. When my husband Mark was discharged from the Navy in 2008 we moved to Central Wisconsin where I practiced as a clinical hygienist for five years. In 2013 I was excited and thankful to learn there was an opening at Utah Navajo Health Systems for a dental hygienist. This opportunity brough me home to Utah where I currently have been practicing at Monument Valley, Montezuma Creek, Blanding, and

Monticello for the last 9 years. We expanded our family while in Utah I have 3 daughters, and

two sons, and when I'm not in the dental office I'm in my kitchen baking. I love serving the Navajo people and the community I grew up in.

My name is Dharshini Begaye. I am Native American of the Navajo/Dinè Tribe. I reside in Montezuma Creek, UT. Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. is where I am currently employed as a Dental Hygienist. I received my education at Dixie State University. I have been working as a dental hygienist in public health for close to 15 years. All my years of practice have been done on the Navajo Nation. I have worked with Tribal (Self-Governance) Clinic and Indian Health

Services (Federal Government). I have a family that consists of my husband, two kiddos, and two dogs.

Lancette VanGuilder graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and has spent the last 25 years actively involved in the dental industry as an author, speaker, clinician and public health advocate. Lancette resides in Reno, Nevada and is a past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association, is a past recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year and received the Innovative Career Vision Award for her work in all 7 professional roles of the dental hygienist. She served for 4 years on the board of directors for the American Dental Hygienists Association and has been honored at the national level by receiving the ADHA Irene Newman Professional Achievement award, recognizing

her for her contributions to advancing the art and science of the dental hygiene profession over the last 15 years. Lancette is an internationally recognized continuing education speaker and serves as a key opinion leader in the dental industry. She has been featured on podcasts such as Dentistry’s Gone Wild and Your Dental Top 5. Most recently, she has published articles in Dentistry IQ regarding mobile dentistry during a pandemic and the administration of vaccines by dental hygienists. She works as a clinician in private practice, owns/operates her own mobile dentistry business (Community Dental Connections), developed an AGD PACE Approved national CE company (Hygienist for Health) and volunteers as a vaccinator with Battle Born Medical Corp in Nevada. She has administered nearly 10,000 COVID vaccines to date and now trains other healthcare providers on vaccine administration.

Alyssa Aberle is a 2009 graduate of the University of Colorado’s dental hygiene program. Alyssa has spent her dental hygiene career working with several local nonprofit organizations including Kids In Need of Dentistry, Salud Family Health Centers, Colorado Orthodontic Foundation, and STRIDE Community Health Center. Through her work within these organizations, she had the desire to gain knowledge on business operations and management to complement her clinical background. In 2013, Alyssa graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Alyssa currently works for a community health center where she is able to oversee a school-based dental program, work in the medical/dental integration program, practice clinical hygiene within the dental clinic setting, and serve as the Infection Control Coordinator. In addition to her clinical role, Alyssa works part-time for the Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association as the Executive Administrator. She has been able to play a role in various aspects of our professional association and has a passion for underserved communities, advocacy, and advancing the profession of dental hygiene.

Angela Martin is an experienced dental professional who has encompassed various roles during her 20-year career

in dentistry. She is currently a Registered Dental Hygienist and University Relations Specialist with Pacific Dental

Services (PDS). Titles held prior to RDH include dental assistant, benefits coordinator, and practice manager. After

graduating with a high-honors Associate's Degree in Business Administration she was inspired to enter the

healthcare profession, and after 13 years of clinical dental hygiene, Angela is currently pursuing a Bachelor of

Science Education Degree at the College of Southern Nevada.

Her current role focuses on creating and maintaining relationships with dental hygiene programs nationwide,

providing advanced education within the dental hygiene field, and providing resources for career building. With

mentorship as her core belief and best practice, Angela is a proud ADHA member, serving as the current Component

Trustee for the Southern Nevada Dental Hygienist Association and in their local student mentorship program.





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