We held a great event with the ODHA, Crest & Oral B and Dentsply Sirona at the gorgeous Dentsply Sirona Academy on Saturday!
It was a full day with hands-on workshops! I presented alongside Dani Botbyl and Beth Ryerse-Donley. I enjoyed presenting a hand instrument and ultrasonic insert maintenance workshop four times to inspire many to assess their instruments and inserts and if needed, make change in their practice to ensure that they never compromise and always use optimal instrumentation.
Today, I am here packing for a trip to Finland as both myself and Beth Parkes have been invited by LM Dental Instruments for almost a week to explore Finland, take part in their tradition of saunas and participate in hands-on workshops at their beautiful facility in Helsinki! They are just celebrating their 5th year at their new facility and from the pictures I have seen, it looks absolutely gorgeous and innovative!
There is a small group of dental hygienists and a couple of dentists from all over the world along with a group from LM as well, who will be attending. We have dental hygienists coming from the United States, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Czechoslovakia, Sweden and Portugal. Beth and I are honoured to be the two Canadians invited. They are looking forward to hearing from all of us on the profession of dental hygiene in each country, our roles and scope of practice and where we see dental hygiene in the future.
Sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it?
This is the first time they have organized such an experience, and I am thrilled and honoured to be invited.
I actually have this written on my Bucket List! So I get to check off Visit Finland and the LM facility!
As I am packing, I am here reflecting on my career and our profession.
I am so thankful for choosing the profession of dental hygiene and feeling much gratitude.
When I think of this past Saturday and how wonderful it was to see so many of my friends who I have met because of our profession and long time members, the conferences where we have presented this year, and all the events at rdhu, it fills my heart.
I can't think of another person, a friend or family member, who is part of a profession like ours!
The collaboration we get to take part in, the networking, the being with like-minded individuals and friends, the learning and engagement, all based on helping people get healthy. Truly, what more could we ask for?
The opportunities and possibilities are there. Anything is in our reach. You just need to put yourself out there, find a practice where you feel heard and valued and "show up"!
Next week, I won't be able to write an On-Track Tuesday Blog, but I look forward to sharing our experience with you when we return.
Please be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook if you would like to see what we are up to in Finland! Beth isn't much of a social media person so I will be posting for us both! haha
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Facebook: @kathleenbokrossy @rdhuinc
Thank you for reading! Please see below for what is coming up and have a great week ahead!