Advance our profession and support our members’ success in order to improve oral and overall health.
The Arizona Dental Hygienists’ Association’s mission is to advance our profession and support our members’ success in order to improve oral and overall health.
We envision that dental hygienists will integrate into the healthcare delivery system as essential primary care providers.
AzDHA “serve’s the components in their jurisdictions by informing them of national policies and programs, monitoring legislation and providing continuing education” (ADHA, Organizational Structure, 2017).
Hello Arizona Dental Hygienists, and welcome back to Board Bytes! Your board of directors have been hard at work so far this year working diligently through this pandemic with our members at the forefront of our minds. Working closely with our advocacy team, we have been continuously staying up to date with the ever-changing guidelines for dental professionals during these uncertain times and being the voice of hygienists across the state of Arizona. We are always listening, and we are here for you. That being said, we would like to extend a special thank you to our advocacy team and all of their efforts and hard work.
Rio Salado Community College, Arizona State University;
MA from Northern Arizona University
Board member and fund raiser for local component—Central Arizona Dental Hygienists’
Communications committee for Arizona Dental Hygienists’ Association (AzDHA)
Communications Chair for AzDHA
American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Delegate
Board Member at Large for AzDHA
I have spent 10 years as a dental assistant and 20 years as a dental hygienist in clinical
practice. Currently, I am a clinical instructor while still practicing in private practice.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma
Jeanette Lalli, RDH
AAS in dental hygiene: Phoenix College, AA: Phoenix College
Student ADHA Chapter Secretary, AzDHA communication’s committee (newsletter and social media), AZMOM, Sjogren’s Walk, Children’s ACT Fair, Oral Cancer Walk, URSA Student Leadership Recipient, Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition Award
I am a recent graduate who has been practicing clinical hygiene for over a year. I love what I do every day and am driven to positively impact my patients and community. The lessons my patients teach me every day brings me joy. I have always had a passion for leadership and compelled to serve my community. I have been very fortunate in having many mentors throughout my education who have aided, inspired, and pushed me to become an advocate and leader in our association and community. For this, I am forever grateful. These fearless mentors opened my eyes to how important advocacy in our association is by protecting and advancing our scope of practiced in dental hygiene, as well as aiding in the access to oral health to the public. I want to motivate and inspire others just as my mentors have done for me. I look forward to the bright future of our profession and association.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”, -Mahatma Gandhi.
Northern Arizona University- BS in Dental Hygiene- Current
AAS in dental hygiene: Mohave Community College- 2018
Current ADHA Delegate, AzDHA Secretary, AzDHA Communications Chair, Communications
committee member (social media)
Past District XI Student Delegate, Website task force
Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition Award, MCC Outstanding Student award
recipient, Student Member ADHA, SAHDA 1 st year representative, actively involved in SADHA
I want to start with gratitude. I am grateful to even be in a position in which I felt encouraged,
confident, empowered, and passionate to have run for such a position. I am currently a proud,
practicing clinical dental hygienist. Before I even knew how to complete a prophy in less than
four hours, I understood the impact our association made and how imperative it is to our
profession. It was then I discovered my passion and my desire to be involved in any way I could
fit. Since being giving the privilege to volunteer in different aspects of our association, I have
grown both professionally and personally. I have learned so much about leadership, our
association, and have seen just how crucial collaboration is to growth and success. I believe one
of the requirements of an effective leader is the ability to first listen. The association is only as
great as the foundation of our members. My vision moving forward is not only to contribute to
increasing membership but to strengthen and serve our current members, advocate for our
profession we all fought so fearlessly to obtain and educate and support our students which are
the future of our association.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
Current ADHA Delegate, AzDHA Treasurer, Impact Conference Task Force
Past AzDHA President and Secretary, AzDHA Website task force, Governance Task Force
ADHA Unleashing Your Potential workshop
CADHA Delegate, President and Trustee, ADHA Alternate Delegate
Student member ADHA, active in SADHA, attended ADHA HOD and AzDHA HOD
Currently Clinical RDH for AZPerio, working in periodontics since 2006, providing periodontal therapy including visual SRP with the dental endoscope. Consultant, speaker, and master trainer for OraVu dental endoscope company
“Are we having fun yet?”
Kathy LaVoy RDH, MEd
A graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, Kathy has been a dental hygienist for 40+ years, both in clinical practice and dental education. Her love of teaching prompted the completion of a master’s in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Public Health is her passion; especially the areas of oral health advocacy and expanding access to care. She has practiced as an affiliated dental hygienist and holds a Certificate in Dental Public Health. Professionally, she is most proud to be the only dental hygienist ever invited to serve as a Director of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation Board. During her tenure on the Board, she was Chair of the Grants Committee and served as Foundation Board Vice Chair. Personally, she is thrilled to be Gramma to three granddaughters.
TRICIA CONRAD, RDH, B.S.
Education: Ferris State University, Siena Heights University
Board of Directors 2017_present, Delegate for Southern Arizona Dental Hygienists’
Association (SADHA), Member of Flying Samaritans 2014-present
Experience: 24+ years as a clinician, currently working full-time
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn
Phebe Blitz, RDH, MS
Eduation: University of Michigan BS, Columbia University MS
ADHA delegate from 3 states. DHASNY President, AZDHA President, ADHA
Commission on Quality Assurance, Chair; Council on Education, IFDH Board of Directors
representing New Zealand.
Experience: I have loved my over 50 years in dental hygiene practice, education and
administration, consulting and training. I have learned so much and made valuable
friendships along the way. I get joy from watching students and new hygienists grow and
develop. I’ve seen many changes in our profession and I look forward to the future. We
have much to offer!
“Each person we meet is our teacher and our student”