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The ADHA held its annual meeting in Las Vegas. (DTI/Photo Robin Goodman, DTA)
American Dental Hygienists’ Association

American Dental Hygienists’ Association

Wed. 29 September 2010


LAS VEGAS, NV, USA: Caryn Loftis-Solie, RDH, of Sparks, NV, was inaugurated as the 2010–2011 president of the Chicago-based American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) during the association’s 87th annual session in Las Vegas. “Having the honor to serve as president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for the coming year should be both challenging and rewarding,” Solie said.

“With the changing landscape of oral health care in America, coupled with recent health care reform, there has never been a better opportunity for dental hygienists to utilize their education and training to their fullest potential in providing care to the public. I look forward to the opportunity of helping guide the ADHA through this period of change.”

Solie has served in numerous positions within the ADHA, including vice president, delegate, district XII trustee and as a member of the councils on education, public health and policy and bylaws. Most recently, she served as president-elect. She has served as president for the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association, a constituent of the ADHA, as well as president of her local component.

Solie has practiced clinical dental hygiene for 38 years and has been an instructor of dental hygiene at Truckee Meadows Community College. Currently, she provides dental hygiene services at Spanish Springs Family Dental. Solie is also employed as a consultant for WaterPik.

Her volunteer efforts include work with the St. Mary’s Take-Care-A-Van, as well as participation in many local health fairs and coaching alpine skiing with the Special Olympics.

Solie has contributed to both the state and local water fluoridation efforts, and in 2007 she was an ADHA delegate with the ADHA/People to People foundation that traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia and Warsaw, Poland to exchange oral health strategies, perspectives and educational information.

Solie earned her associate of science degree in dental hygiene from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND. While attending, she was an officer in the Student Dental Hygiene Chapter.

She graduated with several honors, and in her senior year, she was elected student body president — the first time a female ever received that distinction.

Her dedication to the profession of dental hygiene and to the excellence of patient care has earned her a number of awards and recognitions, including honorary membership in Sigma Phi Alpha, Northern Nevada Outstanding Dental Hygienist and the 2008 ADHA Distinguished Service Award sponsored by Discus Dental.

Solie succeeds Lynn Ramer, LDH, of Logansport, IN, as president. Ramer remains an ADHA officer as immediate past president, as well as the 2010–2011 chair of ADHA Institute for Oral Health.

ADHA officers

  • President: Carybn Loftis-Solie, RDH, Sparks, Nev.
  • President elect: Pamela L. Quinones, RDH, BS, Rockville, Md.
  • Vice president: Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH, Ellensburg, Wash.
  • Speaker of the house: Carol Jo “CJ” Inman, RDH, BS, PRP, Ashland, Ore.
  • Treasurer: Hope Garza, RDH, BS, Houston

New district trustees

  • District II (Conn., N.J., N.Y., Pa.): Megan Brightbill, RDH, BS, Harrisburg, Penn.
  • District X (Colo. Mont., Utah, Wyo.): Tonette Hollingsworth, RDH, Butte, Mont.
  • District XII (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nev., Ore., Wash.): Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, BSDH, MA, Salem, Ore.

Re-elected district trustees

  • District IV (Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C.): Norine Ryan Dowd, RDH, BHSc, Lake Placid, Fla.
  • District VI (Ala., Ark., La., Miss., Tenn.): Victoria E. Richards, RDH, BS, Nashville, Tenn.
  • District VIII (Ill., Iowa, Kan., Mo., Neb.): Carole F. Danielson, RDH, MPH, Worth, Ill.

District trustees continuing their terms

  • District I (Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.): Diane S. Peterson, RDH, M.Ed, Montpelier, Vt.
  • District III (Del., District of Columbia., Md., Va., W.Va.): Jill Grassmick, RDH, Luray, Va.
  • District V (Ind., Ky., Mich., Ohio): Denise E. Bowers, RDH, MSEd, Lima, Ohio
  • District VII (Minn., N.D., S.D., Wis.): LouAnn M. Goodnough, RDH, BSDH, Burnsville, Minn.
  • District IX: (N.M., Okla., Texas): Sandra L. Tesch, RDH, MSHP, Austin, Texas
  • District XI (Ariz., Calif.): Sharon Zastrow, RDH, Scottsdale, Ariz.


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