NCDHA History

EARLY HISTORY OF NCDHA

The year was 1948 and the city was Asheville, North Carolina. Five dental hygienists met to act on a vision they shared to start an organization of North Carolina Dental Hygienists. Carolyn Smart Keith was asked to preside over the meeting. She had been an active member of the New York State Dental Hygienists’ Association and she brought to North Carolina a working knowledge of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Carolyn, along with four other dental hygienists present at this meeting, felt that it was important for the grassroots dental hygienists to have a voice through a state professional association. They wanted North Carolina to have a representative organization which would be a constituent of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. The North Carolina Dental Society president appointed an advisory committee to work closely with NCDHA during the organizational years. All NCDHA activities were approved by the committee.

The original NCDHA Constitution and Bylaws were composed by Carolyn Smart Keith, Winifred Brewer Burns and Nancy Horton. This document was patterned very closely after the ADHA Constitution and Bylaws.

In 1949 the Constitution and Bylaws were adopted at a meeting held in conjunction with the North Carolina Dental Society Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, North Carolina. This started a tradition of NCDHA meeting annually the same time as NCDS.

The five charter members of NCDHA are Carolyn Smart Keith, Winifred Brewer Burns, Maxine Bowman, Mary Louise Tuttle and Nancy Horton Pappas. The vision was born and dental hygiene was on the move.

The next decade would see the dental hygienist move from public school settings and penal institutions into private practice. This was not an easy transition. NCDHA encouraged dental hygienists to educate the dentists and the public about the preventive advantages of their therapy and the distinct role and responsibilities of dental hygienists.

Dental hygiene education in North Carolina began in 1953 when the first students were accepted into the curriculum for dental hygiene at UNC. The first class, consisting of 11 members graduated in 1955. Then in 1965 the first dental hygiene school in the community college system opened.

We have come a long way.

NCDHA Past Presidents

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Carolyn Smart

Winifred Brewer Burns

Nancy Horton

Lucile Williams

Emma Mills Poindexter

Margaret Jones Cain

Elsie Somers Haithcock

Vee Hoppe

Estelle McClure Scott

Faye Jenny Plummer

Jean Stines

Sheila Angstadt Wright

Carolyn Cole Williams

Jackie Kelly Morris

Priscilla Levine

Charlotte West Sutton

Linda Clark Heekin

Judy M. Roberts

Gene Madison Rauch

Laura Jeanes Pendelton

Pamela Merideth Euliss

Gail McClean Bebber

Erma N. Thomas

Judith Lynn Davis

Jane Cummings Kopczynski

Peggy S. Allen

Nancy A. St. Onge

Elizabeth Cadieu Ray

Pamela P. Short

Susan B. Thomas

Susan Barnes Thomas

Barbara Hardee Parker

Cynthia McCully Neugent

Diane A. Prendergast

Pamela P. Short

Lynne T. Little

Ethel H. Cheney

Susan Adams Bowden

Neplus Sowers Hall

Carol A. Roberts

Lois Chandler-Cousins

Lynn H. Hurley

Karen Tomlinson

Linda V. Swarts

Kimberley Thomason

Martha Sexton Taylor

Diane Glasscoe Watterson

Debbie Lefevres

Betsy Hardin

Donna Reed Collins

Jonathan Blaine Owens

Sandra Boucher-Bessent

Shelli Hinkson

Jessica Huffman

Jessica Kiser

Melanie Owens

Laura Cuthbertson

Jennifer Harmon

Crystal Adams
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