Meet SCDHA


2018-2019 SCDHA Officers

President

Amy Natoli, RDH


Email natoliardh@gmail.com


Amy is originally from Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1994, Amy moved to Charleston, SC and worked as a hygienist in a private practice for 6 years. After meeting her husband, Amy moved to Long Island, New York, where she was a clinical hygienist working 6 days a week in three very different private practices. The challenges of working in these practices started Amy's journey into becoming involved with her professional association. After seven years, Amy and her husband moved to Mount Pleasant, SC. It was at this time that Amy became decided to volunteer to serve with her local component and state association.
First serving as Secretary with the local Charleston component, Amy then moved onto the state level to first serve on the Symposium Committee and then serving for two years as Vice President. She has served the past two years as a an active member in SCDHA and working on the Symposium Committee. In 2014, Amy was one of 40 hygienists picked to attend the "Unleashing Your Potential" leadership workshop held by ADHA in Chicago, IL. . In 2016, Amy was one of 10 hygienists picked from across the country to serve on the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board, a board picked by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals to serve for one year and culminating in a weekend long board meeting in East Brunswick, NJ. 
Amy is a clinical hygienist, working in two private practices in Charleston, SC. In her free time, Amy likes to kayak, hike, makes jewelry and monitors a feral cat colony.  She and her husband, John, live in Mount Pleasant and enjoy doing day trips, photography, Ohio State football and partaking in the great food and music scene in Charleston. 


Vice President 

Daiphin R. Bober, RDH, CDA, BS

Summerville, SC

Email: drgrdh@yahoo.com

 

College/School Info
She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. In 1997 she received her Teaching Certificate from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

 

Work Experience

She taught Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania for 13 years before moving to the Charleston, South Carolina area in 2015.

Daiphin currently works part time as a clinical Dental Hygienist in Charleston, South Carolina. She also serves as Senior Delegate and CE Chair for the South Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association.

She has served as a Delegate to ADHA as RIDHA President as well as Delegate to ADHA as NPDHA President and truly has a passion for serving as a Delegate in a year-round position. 

 

Goals

She is eager to network with other Delegates around the country throughout the year as well as at ADHA Annual Session. She looks forward to representing RDH's from South Carolina in her position of Junior Delegate for SCDHA on a national level.

 





Secretary

Theresa Edwards, RDH, CDA, DMRT

Greer, SC

Email: twigs007@gmail.com



College/School Info
Theresa graduated with Associate Degree in Health Sciences from Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina in 2008

Theresa held the position of Vice President for the Student South Carolina Dental Hygiene Association while attending school.

 

Work Experience

Theresa has been a registered dental hygienist for the last eight years.

Theresa attended TruDenta training at the Nova School of Dentistry, receiving her certification to become a dento mandibular rehab therapist, treating patients with TMJ dysfunction and migraines

 

 

Goals

She continues to enjoy seeking out advancements in the dental field to not only help fellow college advancements, but to serve and educate her patients to the fullest.

 

Mission Statement 

To promote oral health throughout the state


Treasurer

Shera Davis, RDH, BS

Travelers Rest, SC

Email:  treasdavis@gmail.com


College/School Info
Shera is a graduate of both the Medial University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina with a BS degree in Dental Hygiene and Dental Auxiliary Education.

 

Work Experience

Shera taught dental auxiliaries at the Medical College of VA for 3 years.

She worked in private practice in Greenville, SC with Dr. Roy E. Strickland for 32 years and has continued in that same practice for the past 3 years with Dr. Chad and Dr. Jill Colson.

 

Goals

Shera has devoted her career to continuing her education to stay abreast in the ever-changing world of dentistry.  She maintains that being actively involved in her dental hygiene associations with like-minded individuals has been a huge influence to her success in the practice of dental hygiene

 

Mission Statement 

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”.


Senior Delegate

Tammi Byrd, RDH

Email: TByrd@hps-sc.com



College/School Info
Tammi Byrd has been a practicing dental hygienist for almost forty years, having worked clinically in pediatric dentistry, family practice and periodontics and for the past seventeen years as the CEO/Clinical Director for Health Promotion Specialists, a school-based dental prevention program that provides services across the state of South Carolina.


Work Experience

Byrd actively participates in the monitoring and development of government statute, regulations, and policies as they relate to small business, dentistry, and the practice of dental hygiene. She is a two-time past president of the South Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association and past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She served as one of the two United States Delegates to the International Federation of Dental Hygienists for 12 years. Mrs. Byrd has contributed numerous articles to national publications.

 

Accomplishments

Her awards and recognition include 1997 and 2000 recipient of the SC Dental Hygienist of the Year Award, 2000 recipient of the ADHA Distinguished Service Award, the 2001 recipient of the SC American Association of University Women, Women of Distinction Award, and the 2007 recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Award of Excellence in Dental Hygiene.

Junior Delegate

Renee Spencer


Email: flossboss1016@sc.rr.com

Editor

Ashley Wicker, RDH

Lexington, SC

Email:artwicker82@gmail.com

 

College/School Info
Ashley graduated from Midlands Technical College in 2003 with an Associates in Health Science in Dental Hygiene. 


Work Experience

Ashley is a native of Lexington, SC and currently works in her hometown at Lexington Family Smiles

She served as president for the Greater Columbia Dental Hygiene Alliance for two years before coming on as editor for SCDHA


Goals

Ashley hopes to work as a dental therapist in SC and dreams of the day this will be a possibility


Mission Statement 

Be Kind, Listen, Care


 


SCSDHA Advisor

Kimberly D. Schneider, RDH, BS, MS

Email: schneiderk@midlandstech.edu


 

College/School info

Kim Schneider is originally from NC where she obtained a BS from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Dental Hygiene and an MS in Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education. 

 

Work Experience

Ms. Schneider practiced dental hygiene in a variety of settings before entering the teaching profession in 1994.  She  taught as a dental hygiene adjunct instructor for Midlands Technical College for 18 years and was awarded the MTC Adjunct Faculty of the Year in 2002. She worked concurrently at  MTC and Florence Darlington Technical College for 3 years  until accepting a full time position at FDTC in 2012.  She  served as an Academic Success Coach while teaching at Florence Darlington Technical College, and later worked as coordinator, instructor, and recruiter for an AS to BS program at Columbia College. She has served on the Columbia College Evening College Council, the Central Carolina Technical College Human Services Advisory Board and the OCtech University Transfer Advisory Board.  Upon accepting the position as First-Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator and Instructor at Midlands Technical College in 2015, Ms. Schneider became the advisor for the Student Dental Hygiene Alliance chapter at MTC.  She accepted the new role of SCSDHA advisor in 2018.

 

Goals

To learn something new every day.  To turn ideas into reality. To aspire and inspire.

 

Mission Statement

To practice the profession of dental hygiene in accordance with the ADHA standards of professional responsibility, and to promote positive relationships within the organization.

ADHA Liaison to Institute of Oral Health

Lori Rainchuso

Email:  lori.rainchuso@mcphs.edu



College/School Info
Lori Rainchuso RDH, DHSc graduated from Augusta State University in 1997 with a BA in History. She later changed professions and graduated from the University of New Haven in 2001 with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene. In 2006, she completed a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. Lastly, in 2016 she graduated from AT Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences with a Doctor of Health Sciences degree in Education. 

 

Work Experience

Dr. Rainchuso is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University where she teaches in the Doctor of Health Sciences and Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene programs.  She has fifteen years of experience in higher education, teaching online and traditional formats, clinical and experiential courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her doctoral level courses focus on the scholar-practitioner, and evidence-based research.  She has over 18 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has authored two chapters in the 12th and upcoming 13th edition of the Esther Wilkins textbook, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist.

Her clinical practice experience includes working in general dentistry, periodontics, and pediatrics. 

Goals

To improve access to care and utilization of oral health services among underserved populations.

Mission Statement 

As an educator, Dr. Rainchuso is dedicated to empowering students to render compassionate, quality care to their patients as a collaborative member of the healthcare team.  As a public health advocate, she is committed to reducing oral health disparities.