ODHA's 2022 Annual Conference:
Get to Know Our Speakers

November 11th & 12th
Holiday Inn | Wilsonville, OR

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH

Friday, November 11th | 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
Keynote Presentation The Strength in Me | Sponsored by Crest Oral-B

Friday, November 11th | 11:10 AM to 12:40 PM
Regular CE Track Speak Spanglish? Cultural Considerations in Dentistry

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH, has been compassionately blazing trails personally and professionally for more than 10 years. As a clinician, educator, author, and champion for public health issues, she inspires industry colleagues with unique stories that include triumph over abuse and discovering her identity as “The Latina RDH.” Celebrated as her family’s first college graduate, Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from The University of Texas School of Dentistry She now hosts A Cuento De Dos Higienistas podcast. Amber is recipient of numerous national and state awards and academic scholarships including being named 2021’s Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know & 2022 Sunstar Award of Distinction recipient. Amber is also the co-author of Smiles Por Vida a Spanish & Spanglish not for profit children’s dental book.

A powerful speaker and advocate, Amber is one of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s powerhouse allies for underserved populations. Her leadership has included the influence of oral health public policy in her home state and beyond as she motivates and empowers clinicians through presentations of perseverance and resilience.  Amber is also the founder of Latin RDH, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the Latin dental hygiene community. In her spare time, Amber teaches dental Spanish on Instagram at @TheLatinaRDH

Monica Emmons, BSDH EPDH, PG Dip

Friday, November 11th | 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Regular CE Track Biofilm BewareSponsored by Dentsply Sirona

Monica Emmons, BSDH PG Dip is a Preventive Specialist for DENTSPLY SIRONA. Monica attended Portland Community College, Eastern Washington University and Kings College London, UK. Monica’s focus is to provide professionals with current concepts, technology and evidence-based research to assist in implementing effective and efficient evidence-based treatment protocols for clinical practice.

Monica has more than 35 years clinical experience in both periodontal and general practices and 20 years dental hygiene education. Monica was Clinical Educator for Dentsply Sirona for over 6 years and served as adjunct faculty at Portland Community College Dental Hygiene program.

Tiffany Neufeldt RDH BSDH

Friday, November 11th | 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Regular CE Track Biofilm BewareSponsored by Dentsply Sirona

Tiffany Neufeldt, BSDH is a Preventive Specialist for DENTSPLY SIRONA, where she represents brands such as Cavitron, Nupro and the Infection Prevention portfolio.

She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 26 years and with DentsplySirona for 15 years.

Tiffany is a graduate of Clark College Dental Hygiene School with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon. 

Natalea Suchy, PharmD, BCACP

Friday, November 11th | 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Regular CE Track Cultural Competence and Health Disparities

Natalea Suchy is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Oregon State University and a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy and completed an ambulatory care residency at the University of Southern California. Upon completion of her residency, she became a clinical pharmacist at the Los Angeles County Medical Center. Dr. Suchy was instrumental in the development of their clinical pharmacy program, by helping establish a new clinic associated with the urgent care department designed to improve continuity of care.

Dr. Suchy has always had a passion for serving the underprivileged and underserved. This is apparent in her direct patient care activities at federally qualified health centers throughout her career. Her dedication to health equity is also manifested in her continuing education presentations and work with local, state, and national organizations that focus on cultural competence and health equity.

Ryan Gibbard, PharmD, BCPS

Friday, November 11th | 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Regular CE Track Let's Talk About Drugs! (Pharmacology Class)

Ryan Gibbard, PharmD, BCPS is an associate professor of Pharmacy Practice at Pacific University School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, providing patient care and supporting the training of residents and pharmacy students.  He has worked as a clinical pharmacist in acute care settings in Washington, Oregon, Kansas and Missouri.

Ryan is committed to professional engagement and volunteering, serving nationally as a charter member of the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Scholars Workgroup, and locally on a number of committees and advisory boards for Pacific University.  He is currently the president of the Oregon Society of Health-system Pharmacists (OSHP) and an Oregon delegate to the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists.  He was recognized for “Excellence in Education” by OSHP and as “Teacher of the Year” by Pacific University School of Pharmacy in 2018.  None of this information has ever been the answer to a question at Trivia Night, but he hopes it will be, someday!

Kathryn Bell, EdD, RDH

Friday, November 11th | 11:10 AM to 12:40 PM
Regular CE Track AAP Classification Demystified

Katie Bell joined Pacific University as a full-time faculty member in August 2010 in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies. She began serving as Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education in 2018, and was appointed as the founding program director of the Doctor of Science Program in 2021. Katie has taught many continuing education courses, both at Pacific University, and at local and national conferences. She has published widely on a variety of topics. Her research interests include interprofessional education, issues in graduate education, and issues impacting the dental hygiene scope of practice. Katie has been an active member in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, and Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions. She currently serves on the Interprofessional Task Force at ASAHP. She is a member of Sigma Phi Alpha, the national dental hygiene honor society, holding alumni membership in the Xi chapter. Katie is committed to creating a positive and open learning environment, and being a supportive and responsive mentor.

Melody McGee, MBA, RDH, EPDH

Friday, November 11th | 11:10 AM to 12:40 PM
Regular CE Track AAP Classification Demystified

Melody McGee graduated from Pacific University’s Dental Hygiene program in 2013 and has 9 years of clinical hygiene experience. Her patient panel consisted primarily of moderate to severe periodontal patients, where she worked closely with the periodontist to manage care for these delicate patients. Beyond her clinical care role, she has been adjunct faculty in Pacific University’s dental hygiene senior clinic since 2018 and joined as full time faculty in 2022. She is drawn to Pacific University by their mission committed to outstanding education and service to the community. Melody is excited to be a part of developing new leaders in the dental hygiene profession by bringing real-world experience, empowering students to be active participants in their education, and being a dedicated compassionate mentor. 

Melody completed her Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado Tech University in 2022. An area of interest during her master’s program and continued focus is medical-dental integration and how integrating care can help improve patient oral and overall health.  

Melody is a native Oregonian, loves spending time with her friends and family, yoga, doing all things outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, and traveling to explore new areas.

Monica Sarmiento, RDH, EPDH, BSDH

Friday, November 11th | 11:10 AM to 12:40 PM
Educator CE Track Strategies to Support a Humanistic Environment in Academia

Mónica graduated from Pacific University and joined her alma mater as a full-time faculty member in July 2018. As an educator, she strives to provide students with a safe, supportive, and collaborative learning environment. Mónica has worked in private practice and public health as an expanded practice dental hygienist and her interests include interprofessional collaboration, public health, outreach, and diversity, equity, inclusion, & justice (DEIJ) initiatives. Mónica is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and of the national dental hygiene honor society, Sigma Phi Alpha. In her free time, Mónica enjoys being out in nature and spending time with family and friends.

Holly Erenfeld, RDH, EPDH, MDH

Friday, November 11th | 11:10 AM to 12:40 PM
Educator CE Track Strategies to Support a Humanistic Environment in Academia

Holly Erenfeld graduated from Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2002 and has 20 years of clinical experience as a dental hygienist.  She completed her master’s degree in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University, focusing on education and leadership. She has been an instructor at Pacific University’s Dental Hygiene clinic for 12 years and joined as a full-time faculty member in 2018.

Holly is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and The American Dental Education Association. Holly strives to create a positive learning experience and is committed to being a lifelong learner.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching her boys play baseball.

Kristen Moses, RDH, EPDH, MS

Friday, November 11th | 11:10 AM to 12:40 PM
Educator CE Track Strategies to Support a Humanistic Environment in Academia

Kristen Thomas is a former alumna and current full-time faculty in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies at Pacific University Oregon. While she loves all aspects of dental hygiene, she specializes in cariology and restorative dental hygiene. The most challenging and rewarding part of her job is teaching this highly artistic and tactile skill to others – whether they have been practicing for 20+ years or new to the profession. Kristen enjoys the most about teaching is working one-on-one with students in the many lab sessions that she leads. Kristen feels she is consistently growing and learning from her interactions with her students and is grateful to them for sharing their thoughts and perspectives with her.

Marti Santizo, RDH, MBA

Friday, November 11th | 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Regular CE Track Wear & Tear on Oral TissuesSponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals

Saturday, November 12th | 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Regular CE Track The Science of Whitening: Something New to Smile AboutSponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals

Marti Santizo, RDH, MBA is a Professional Education Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals covering the Western United States. She joined Colgate following a diverse career as a private practice clinical hygienist, a corporate regional manager, and a dental hygiene program director. 

Marti graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dental Hygiene with her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. She received her Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Marti has over 25 years of experience in private practice; 17 years were spent working with Dr. Gordon Christensen, where she sat on the board of Clinicians Report (CR, formerly known as CRA). 

Marti is an active member of ADEA and ADHA. She has served on the Utah Oral Health Coalition, Utah Dental Hygiene Educators’ Consortium, the Board of Directors for Clinicians Report (CR Foundation), and the Ethics Committee for the Utah Board of Dentists and Dental Hygienists. As both a Corporate Regional Manager and Dental Hygiene Program Director, she has educated dental hygiene students, territory oral care consultants, and practicing dental professionals on best products and practice techniques. Her ability to speak Spanish has been utilized to help with the translation of educational media, and improve patient communication both in the operatory and in her humanitarian efforts in Latin America. 

Marti is an avid walker and on weekends she can be found walking through the beautiful Wasatch Mountains near her home.

Kyle Isaacs, RDHEP, BHS

Friday, November 11th | 3:10 PM to 5:10 PM
Regular CE Track Trauma informed Care in the Dental Office

Saturday, November 12th | 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Regular CE Track Working SMARTer (SDF)

Kyle Isaacs is an expanded practice dental hygienist (EPDH) at the Benton County Oregon Health Services building providing dental hygiene care for low-income patients. She started a mobile dental hygiene business in 2014 taking care of low-income patients in a local church, long-term care facilities, schools, adult foster care homes, and private residences for patients who are not ambulatory. She writes a monthly dental blog for a local organization supporting families of young children and teaches the oral health unit for certification for community health workers. In addition to speaking, she is a published author in RDH Magazine and a recipient of the 2017 SUNSTAR Award of Distinction as well as the 2018 HuFriedy/ADHA Master Clinician Award. Kyle is a member of the AADH, ADHA, ODHA, NNHH, DHHAPA, and ADHP.

Elizabeth Couch, RDH, MS, CTTS

Friday, November 11th | 3:10 PM to 5:10 PM
Educator CE Track Effective Tobacco Cessation in Dental Settings

Elizabeth Couch, RDH, MS, CTTS is an assistant adjunct professor and project policy analyst in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California San Francisco. Her research interests include tobacco-related behaviors and decision-making among youth and the role of dental professionals in tobacco prevention and cessation.

She is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education and serves on the Journal of Dental Hygiene Editorial Review Board. As a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) and dental hygienist, she is dedicated to addressing tobacco use among her patients and community. 

Martha J. McComas, RDH, MS

Saturday, November 12th | 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Educator CE Track Growth Mindset During Stressful Times

Saturday, November 12th | 3:10 PM to 4:40 PM
Regular CE Track | Caries Classification & Latest Remineralization Options

Martha McComas received her RDH in 2001 from Indiana University. She began working for Indiana University as a Visiting Instructor in 2008. In May of 2012 Martha graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. Martha has worked in the Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Periodontology and Oral Medicine since June 2013. Since then, Martha has served on many committees throughout the university, school, department, and division. Many of these committees require difficult decision making. Currently she is serving on the Dental Hygiene Academic Review Board Committee, Honor Council Committee, Infection Control Committee, Interim CoVID-19 Reopen Taskforce and Clinical Training Committee, a sub-committee of the Coordinating Committee for Instructional Planning for Winter 2021 and is currently the 3rd term Chair of the SACUA Committee on the Economic and Social Well-Being of the Faculty. She is course director for preclinical courses in both dental hygiene and dentistry, as well as course director for dental hygiene courses of Cariology and Pain Control. Additionally, her teaching efforts include an elective course for dental and dental hygiene students, and clinical teaching at all levels of dental hygiene students.

She continues to practice in the Periodontics DFA clinic seeing periodontally involved patients regularly. Martha recently received awards of recognition from the classes of 2022 and 2021 for excellence in teaching and was awarded a DENTIES award for her DH210 Class in the Fall of 2021 when she reformed virtual clinical education in dental hygiene during the COViD-19 crisis. Her research includes cariology curriculum, teaching methodology, and peer assessments and is currently involved in an IPE project looking at developing a referral service between the University Emergency Department and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for improved access to care and patient outcomes. Martha continues to further her education in leadership through attending courses and gaining certificates from the Ross School of Business Executive Leadership Programs. Martha is engaged in the community by teaching regular CE through the University and the state in the area of local anesthesia and pain management.

Tina Clarke, RDH, MEd

Saturday, November 12th | 10:10 AM to 12:10 PM
Regular CE Track | Local Anesthetic Options for the Oral Health Clinician | Sponsored by CETYLITE

Tina has been a clinical dental hygienist for 20 years and an educator for nearly 15. She received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2001 and her master’s degree in education in 2013. Her passion to teach and inspire others has deepened over the years. Topics involving head & neck anatomy, local anesthesia, health history and adult education are her favorite things. She has taught anesthesia to hundreds of dental hygiene students and countless licensed hygienists. Tina has provided CE courses for nearly a decade to clinicians across the Unites States and even participated in the very first Dentistry’s Got Talent.She has been featured in national publications and podcasts and is the founder of Teacher Tina RDH, an educational resource for oral health professionals. She has been a Key Opinion Leader for GSK and Dentsply Sirona. Her passion for dental hygiene extends to her volunteerism with the American Dental Hygienists Association serving in various roles. She brings energy you will find upbeat, fun, and infectious.

Dr. Maryam Motlagh

Saturday, November 12th | 10:10 AM to 12:10 PM
Regular CE Track | The Connection Between Sleep and TMD

Dr. Maryam Motlagh has dedicated her professional life to helping patients improve, not only their smiles but their overall health, through the practice of general dentistry. To satisfy her passion of helping suffering patients overcome chronic pain, Dr. Motlagh has dedicated the last two decades to the research and treatment of patients with occlusion related TMJ problems. 

After graduating with honors from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry, Dr. Motlagh sought extensive postdoctoral training in occlusion and complex restorative dentistry at institutes such as the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Spear Institute & Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, as well as the Epigenetic Orthodontic Program taught by Dr. Dave Singh DMD, PhD. 

During her time as a Fellow of the International College of Cranio-mandibular Orthopedics, Dr. Motlagh developed Myoaligner®; a patented TMD treatment protocol that helps realign the jaw non-surgically by relaxing the jaw muscles and correcting the bite to alleviate TMJ related symptoms such as pain and headaches. Dr. Motlagh enjoys collaborating with her colleagues through study clubs and seminars and enjoys helping her patients while practicing dentistry in Portland Oregon. 

Darlene J. Swigart, EPDH, BS, MS

Saturday, November 12th | 10:10 AM to 11:40 AM
Educator CE Track | Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Person-Centered Care

Darlene J. Swigart, EPDH, BS, MS is a dental hygiene faculty member for Oregon Institute of Technology on the Klamath Falls campus where she is first year clinical lead, teaches the prevention series courses, and actively participates in the community health program and courses. Darlene currently serves as a Reviewer-at-Large for the Journal of Dental Hygiene, was an appointed member on the ADHA Dental Hygiene Diagnosis Task Force, and served on the Oregon HPV Dental Task Force. In 2018, Darlene was co-recipient of an Oregon Health Science University Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Grant to study Head and Neck Cancer Screenings. She is Co-Chairperson of the Klamath Basin Oral Health Coalition advocating to improve the oral health of local and rural residents. 

Ilya Babiy, RDH, MS, EPP

Saturday, November 12th | 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM
Educator CE TrackRefueling the Teacher Tank: Food to Inspire the Educator’s Soul

Ilya Babiy is a dental hygiene instructor, first year clinical coordinator, and radiology lead at Mt. Hood Community College. At Clackamas Community College he co-directs a grant-funded dental career explorations pipeline program for high school students. Ilya also serves seniors and people with special needs with his mobile business, On-Site Oral Health Care, and co-founded Good News Dental, an Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist brick-and-mortar cooperative clinic in Rockwood. He earned his A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene at MHCC, B.S. in Dental Hygiene at OIT, and M.S. in Education from PSU. Ilya enjoys inspiring students to fulfill their dreams and make a difference in our world. Together with his wife and three children, he loves to travel, entertain family and friends, and explore the great outdoors.

Lisa Rowley, RDH, MS

Saturday, November 12th | 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM
Regular CE TrackDental Hygiene License Portability: Where Are We & Where Are We Going?

Lisa J. Rowley, RDH, MS has worked in dental assisting & dental hygiene education for 40 years, both in faculty & administrative positions. Lisa is the founding director of the B.S. degree dental hygiene program at Pacific University in Oregon. Lisa stepped down as program director in 2018, and continues to serve as a dental hygiene faculty member at Pacific. In addition to her work at Pacific, Lisa serves as Advocacy Director for the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA).

Brian J Wilkinson, PT, DPT, CHT, CLT

Saturday, November 12th | 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM
Regular CE Track | Optimizing Ergonomic Practices for Dental Hygienists: Be A Part Of The Movement

Saturday, November 12th | 3:20 PM to 4:50 PM
Educator CE Track | Moving With Purpose: Examining New Strategies in Ergonomic Education for Dental Hygiene

Brian J Wilkinson completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy studies at the University of Southern California in 2006.  Since that time, he has elected to specialize in conditions of the upper extremity, and has a professional interest in work-related ergonomics.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities as a Pacific University faculty member, he serves as part of the Clinical Education team, helping to coordinate and manage the graduate clinical rotations for his students.  Dr Wilkinson lives in Portland, OR and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association of Oregon, the American Society of Hand Therapists and the American Dental Education Association. 


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