Meet Our Board of Directors

Nan Portmann, RDH

President

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Nan has been working in clinical hygiene since graduating with high honors in 2009. Periodontics and teaching are her passions which lead her to found her own dental education company offering innovative and advanced professional development continuing education programs. Nan leads two dynamic hygiene study club’s, actively trains dental endoscopy implementation and advocates for integrated medical/dental collaboration within her community. Nan believes hygienists possess a specialized and valuable skill set to profoundly transform healthcare advancement with opportunities to become intrinsically involved in prevention protocols and implementation within independent and non-traditional settings.

 

Sarah Clark, RDH, IPDH

Secretary

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Sarah's passion for advocacy lead her to volunteer for the Maine Dental Hygienists’ Association, and is their current President. Sarah’s passions include helping the dental community advance current practice methods, advocating for programs which allow dental hygienists to practice independently or in non-traditional settings, and working towards career advancement.   

Carla L Watts RDH, BS

Treasurer

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Carla started out in Dentistry as a CDA and pivoted to dental hygiene in 1990. During her 30 years as an RDH she has observed dentistry “speculate” that there is an oral systemic link to the research proving this link. She has been and continues to be an advocate both within and outside the dental arena to educate on the importance of connecting the medical and dental field. Carla is passionate about incorporating a real-world solution/process for primary care medical facilities to incorporate a proactive vs reactive medical/dental partnership.

 

Charo Earle, RDH, BS, MSA

 

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Karen Thomas, MSc, CNS, LN, LDN, BS, RDH, FDN-P, CHHC

 

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LaNeidra Williams, MBA, BS, RDH

 

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Jamie Freitag-Dooley, RDH, BIS, CLBC

Founder & Executive Director

Non-voting board member

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Cell for texting: 616-375-0804

Jamie is a certified life and business coach, program developer, thought leader, and change agent. She worked 15 years full time as a clinical hygienist before going back to school for healthcare & nonprofit management. After spending 8 years in dental public health (working both clinically and administratively), and 3 years helping hygienists expand beyond traditional settings in her coaching business, she started our organization and dedicated herself to integration as the future of our profession. Her goal is to change when and how oral health is discussed in the primary care setting and to introduce new programs and systems to the medical model which include hygienists as Oral Systemic Educators and prevention specialists.

View our list of Founding Members who made our initial development possible