NC Hygienists

Advocating for the advancement of our profession, protecting the interests of dental hygienists, and ensuring all residents of North Carolina receive quality oral healthcare.

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About Our Association

Lets Begin with a Brief History

In the earlier years of our association, five charter members: Carolyn Smart Keith, Winifred Brewer Burns, Maxine Bowman, Mary Louise Tuttle and Nancy Horton Pappas created NCDHA’S Constitution and Bylaws and were adopted in 1949, at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Dental Society, in Pinehurst, NC. Over the next decade, dental hygienists slowly transitioned from public programs into the private practice setting by educating dentists and the public about the advantages of the preventive therapies provided by dental hygienists. Dental hygiene education in North Carolina began in 1953 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, accepting 11 students who graduated in 1955. Dental hygiene education programs were implemented at the community college level beginning in 1965.

Who We are Today 

The North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association is part of the tripartite structure of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), making all ADHA members a member of NCDHA as well as members of one of our 12 components. We proudly represent over 7,000 dental hygienists and we are your resource for current information impacting dental hygienists in North Carolina and throughout the nation!

Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is the administrative body charged with conducting all NCDHA business during the year and acts on behalf of the House of Delegates between sessions to establish interim policies. The Board of Trustees is comprised of: NCDHA President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Treasurer-Elect, Immediate Past President and one member chosen from each of our components. 

Our House of Delegates is held during our annual session which sets the policies and directions for dental hygiene in North Carolina and is comprised of  delegates chosen from each of our 12 components.

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Karen Bragman

Karyn is a North Carolina native and considers herself a Tar Heel for life! She graduated from Lees-McRae College with a Bachelor’s of Science in biology in 2010 and then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in...

Left to Right: Brittany Booth (Central Carolina), Marilee Bush (Western), MaryAnn Kolb (Durham-Orange), Liz Dills (Foothills), Teresa Torres (Greater Raleigh), Cheri Lindstrom (Greater Fayetteville) and Adrienne Stanely (Foothills). Not pictured: Rachel Stewart (Coastal Carolina), Debbye Kruger (Metrolina), Jessica Braden (Cape Fear), Lynn Whaley (Southeastern) and Martha Townes (Greater Wilkes)

NCDHA 3RD Annual Session


Charlotte, NC

September 25-27, 2020

Our Top Priorities 


Working Together to Advance and Protect Our Profession for the Future.


Forward thinking advocates for our association and profession. 


Developing relationships with likeminded professionals who value their profession.


Hygiene students our the future of our profession.


Serving the community by providing quality oral healthcare services.  

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Community Dental Health Coordinator

Community Dental Health Coordinator

Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) is offering the Community Dental Health Coordinator Course. The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) is a new member of the dental team who fills an important role whether working with a health center or private practice....

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