Fall 2019 Newswire



Letter from our President


Hello fellow dental hygienists,

Happy fall! I hope this newswire finds you well. I would like to begin by telling you, what a pleasure it has been serving as your president! The year has gone by fast with so much accomplished, thanks to all of you and your advocacy to your legislators in Lansing. As you all know, the Dental Therapy (DT) bill passed at the end of 2018. The Board of Dentistry and the MDHA leadership along with special input from Ann Lynch of the ADHA, have been diligent putting the final touches on the bill. A special Thank You to ADHA and Ann Lynch for her many trips to Michigan advocating at our state capital during the DT hearings and the countless follow-up conference calls finalizing the language of the bill. Also, a special thank you to the dental hygienists that sit on the Board of Dentistry; Cheryl Bentley, Kathleen Inman and our newest member, Martha Lynn Morgan, for all of your communications and support finalizing the details to our new dental work force member of the dental team, the Dental Therapist. According to Ann Lynch, “Michigan has the best dental therapy bill in the nation.”

Representative Scott VanSingel’s House Bill 4223 or the Pre-K Oral Assessment bill continues to gain traction on the hill. As of August 20, 2019, the bill is moving forward and has been referred to the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee. Just to recap, this legislation would require all children entering kindergarten to have a dental assessment in addition to their hearing and vision exams. Vision and hearing screenings have been a part of the public health code for 70 years. There are many stakeholders vested in this bill as well; Michigan Dental Association, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principal Association, Michigan Primary Care Association, Delta Dental of Michigan and Michigan Association for Local Public Health just to name a few. I am very optimistic that this bill will pass by the years’ end.

This year the ADHA Annual Session was held in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 21-25. Many Michiganders attended this meeting to networking, attend classes, and participate at the House of Delegation meetings. I had the honor of sitting on a resolution committee with hygienists from Washington, Connecticut, and Texas. This was an amazing experience and I recommend, if given the opportunity to serve in this capacity, to do so. Save the date for the 2020 ADHA Annual Session in New Orleans June 12-16th.

MDHA membership has struggled in the past and this year was no exception. This year we have retained most members, however we are eager to better understand how to retain member and how to gain new members. Please feel free to contact any of the board members if you have suggestions.

ADHA update, beginning 2020, ADHA has moved all members to the winter-billing cycle, which begins in January. For those who used to renew your membership in the summer, you will be pro-rated and will begin your renewal in the winter cycle. If anyone has any questions regarding your membership please, contact ADHA membership services at (312) 440-8900 or email them at membership.services@adha.net

This year’s MDHA House of Delegates meeting will be held at the Hilton DoubleTree in Grand Rapids October 18-20th. The Continuing Education this year will feature Michael Stack, an Exercise Physiologist, talking about “Essential Self Care for the Dental Hygienist” and finish up with Dr. Margarita Fontana in the afternoon discussing on “Update on Current Recommendations for Non-Restorative Management of Caries Lesions, With a Focus on Silver Diamine Fluoride.” Register here: https://www.mdhatoday.org/event/mdha-house-of-delegates-2019/ Hope to see you there!

In closing, I would like to thank all of you for your support to MDHA. Without your support this professional organization would not exists. MDHA is the backbone of dental hygiene in Michigan; without it, we would not have protection of our scope of practice or the ability to expand it.

Warm regards,

Becky Domagalski RDH BSDH

MDHA 2018-2019 Officers

President: Becky Domagalski
President Elect: Danielle Rauch
Vice President: Elizabeth Pitts
Immediate Past President: Jan Miller
Treasurer: Michelle Spencer
Speaker of the House: Jerelyn Smith
Delegates to ADHA: Michelle Spencer, Samantha Mishler, Stephanie DeMoss, Tara Weeks
Association Adminstrator: Joyce Losen joyce@mdhatoday.org
Lobbying Firm: Acuitas-Sarah Hubbard shubbard@acuitasllc.com

MDHA 2018-2019 Component

Capitol Region: Mary Ellen Sickles rmsickles@comcast.net
East Shore: Nancy Balaj nbalaj32@gmail.com
Grand Shore: Traci Beals tracifloss2002@yahoo.com
Greater Detroit: Sandy Sutton sandyksutton@yahoo.com
Great Lake Bay: Vickie Yahn vlyahnrdh@gmail.com
Northland: Tara Weeks twks74@yahoo.com
South Central: Stacey Schramm schramms@kellogg.edu
Superior Sunrise: Ashley a.kowalski@dentalclinicsnorth.org“>Kowalski a.kowalski@dentalclinicsnorth.org

Update from LARA:

Just an update on renewing your dental hygiene license, LARA is moving to a new online licensing and regulatory database for health and occupational professions. The new system is called Michigan Professional Licensing User System or MIPLUS. For more information please check out the MDHA website under the news tab, or follow it at: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_85566—,00.html

Update from MDHHS:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released at statement regarding mandated reporting for child abuse and neglect. For more information please check out the MDHA website under the news tab, or follow it at: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_7119_50648_44443—,00.html

Education Council

Council Chair: Iwonka Eagle

Educational Council Report

The Educational Council has been very busy obtaining speakers for the 2019 Annual House of Delegates CE session. We have been looking for sessions that will educate Michigan Dental Hygienists about their own health and well-being as well as educate them about progressive preventive procedures. We are proud to announce the HOD lineup October 18, 2019 are have Mike Stack, Exercise Physiologist and Dr. Margherita Fontana. Register here at: https://www.mdhatoday.org/event/mdha-house-of-delegates-2019/

We are looking into lots of exciting topics for the 2020 session as well, and are now discussing sponsorship for a phenomenal and engaging speaker we think everyone will enjoy! As always, all ideas and suggestions are welcome.

Legislative Council

Council Chair: Jan Miller and Vickie Yahn

Please join us at the next MDH PCA Event on October 18, 2019 at SCHMOHZ BREWERY, located a crossed the street from the Grand Rapids Double Tree Hotel at:

2600 Patterson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

  • Cost $25 Donation
  • Pizza Provided
  • Cash Bar
  • BOYB Wine for a $5 corking fee

To register please fill out the form between the arrows and send check to MDH PAC: Acuitas 110 W Michigan Ave Ste 100 Lansing MI 48933

If you cannot make this event, please consider a donation to the PAC. There is a link available at mdhatoday.org for donations. We support those legislators who share our concerns for increased access to care and advancing the profession of dental hygiene. Thank you

Save the Date:

MDHA House of Delegates

October 18th-20th, 2019
Grand Rapids MI

Michigan Association of Dental Hygiene Education Conference

Friday November 1st, 2019
Lansing Center, Lansing MI


T-Shirt FundraiserOrder today on the link below:


Public Health Council

Council Chair: Elizabeth Pitts

Finance Council

Council Chair: Beth Chislea

Membership Council

Council Chair: Samantha Mishler

Councils are always looking for new members!!





Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association

Proudly Announces

A Multidiscipline Approach to Head and Neck Cancers

Presented by the

Henry Ford Hospital Institute Head and Neck Cancer Team

6 hours – 6 CE

Friday, October 6, 2017    8am-2:30pm

Bavarian Inn

Frankenmuth, MI


Course Overview:


Oral Cavity Cancer

Although cancers of the head and neck region only account for five percent of all cancers reported yearly in the human body, 30 percent of these cancers occur in the oral cavity. That is roughly 22,000 new cases per year if cancers of the lip are not included. Between 6000 and 7000 deaths per year occur because of oral cavity cancer. Cancers of the oral cavity left untreated can have devastating effects on critical life functions for people who have this disease.  The oral cavity cancer diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation is challenging because there are many different types of tissue located in this relatively small area and this area has numerous functions (speech, mastication, swallow, cosmesis).


The choice of treatment and rehabilitation must take into account the potential loss of function in this area.  A well-coordinated multidisciplinary team is required to provide optimal cancer treatment outcomes and survivorship.  The objective of this symposium will be to review all aspects of oral cavity cancer diagnosis, treatments and rehabilitation with presentations from all disciplines involved.  Specific attention will be paid to the diagnostic difficulties of oral cavity lesions, cutting edge treatments of challenging cases and how to optimize the rehabilitation of these patients.