BioOver the course of her 15 years in private practice, Professor Wheeler has developed the strong work ethic and attention to detail that is necessary to be a successful dental hygienist. “I stress the importance of each of these attributes to my students, so they can one day meet the oral health needs of patients.”This is an exciting time for the profession. “The profession is constantly evolving in its quest to improve oral care. It seems as if innovative companies develop new technologies every day and many dental professional are open-minded about trying new products and techniques. This innovation is exciting as a teacher too, because the education environment is a great place for exploration.”There are many rewards to working in the profession. Wheeler tells prospective and current students of the “satisfaction of providing valuable oral health care services while establishing trusting relationships. And it goes way beyond cleaning teeth.” Hygienists, she points out, have opportunities to work in educational and community institutions, research teams and dental corporations.“I know what it takes to teach those who wish to become dental hygienists. I practice because I value the working relationship that I develop with patients and I teach because it’s important for me to know I can positively influence young people as they embark on their professional lives in dental hygiene.Wheeler points to her appointment as a House of Delegates Student Representative by the California Dental Hygienist’s Association and her induction into the Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Society as career highlights.She is a registered dental hygienist in both Massachusetts and California, holds a Dental Hygiene Anesthesia Permit, and is Laser Certified as well as CPR & First Aid Certified.Professor Wheeler is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), Massachusetts Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) and California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA). She teaches all levels of clinical dental hygiene.