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ALD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Featuring Heather Angers, RDH

Heather Angers is laser hygienist from Colorado. She joined ALD in 2009 and will stepping onto the Board of Directors as Auxiliary Chair this April. Heather was recently tapped to join the test writing committee and she will be a speaker during the Hygiene Track at our 2018 Annual Conference. Let’s learn more about Heather.

MEMBERSPOTLIGHTHEATHERANGERS Heather Angers is laser hygienist from Colorado. She joined ALD in 2009 and is stepping onto the Board of Directors as Auxiliary Chair this April. Heather was recently tapped to join the test writing committee and she will be a speaker during the Hygiene Track at our 2018 Annual Conference. Let’s learn more about Heather.

How long have you been practicing? Almost 9 years, since 2009.

Where do you practice? Lakewood Colorado

How long have you been using the laser? Since I started practicing in 2009.

What has the use of lasers meant to you and the patients you treat? I have actually been in dentistry for almost 20 years. In that time, prior to becoming a hygienist, I noticed many patients would have to repeat periodontal therapy. Since the introduction of the laser into daily patient care, I have noticed less need to repeat periodontal therapy. Since becoming a hygienist I have witnessed this first hand. I feel strongly that the patients I treat are receiving the very best care at the highest level.

Why are you involved in ALD? The moment I took my Standard Proficiency with Angie Wallace I knew this was a high-level association that would help me grow professionally and personally. I have brought new technologies to my office that otherwise none of us would have had access to. This goes beyond just lasers. Since being involved with ALD I have implemented the OralID advanced oral cancer screening, OralDNA, new modalities of using our 810nm lasers. I am currently helping my dentist make the best decision he can regarding a new laser. Additionally, being a part of the ALD has given me a larger community of dental professionals that are there for me anytime to answer questions and bouncing ideas off of. I have created lasting relationships that I cherish and value through the ALD.

What prompted you to accept the Auxiliary Chair position for the ALD Board? I am honored to accept the Auxiliary Chair position with the ALD. I chose to accept this position because, as it has been in the past with the ALD, I know it will open more doors for me professionally. I am excited to make new professional contacts and help other RDH’s within the ALD find the information they need in order to optimize their laser hygiene practice. I hope to help increase value to my profession and the dental profession as a whole.

How was your experience on the testing committee? Being on the testing committee has been fun, I like to help others gain knowledge in the same way my mentors helped me. Being on the testing committee is a valuable part of my ALD membership.

What do you enjoy most about your association with ALD? I would have to say the relationships I have made have been the most enjoyable part of my association with the ALD. Everyone I have come in contact with from the beginning has taken me in and helped me in one way or another. I only get to see most of them once a year and I have to say, I really look forward to getting back together with them. They are some of my best friends.


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