Clinical Dental HygienistDental Hygenie
M.P.H., University of Massachusetts Amherst (in progress)
B.S., Dental Hygiene, Mount Ida College
A.A., Dental Hygiene, Mount Ida College
Prior to becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist, Professor Walsh spent time working in several dental practices as a dental assistant to gain hands-on experience to complement her studies. “Working in a variety of dental specialties and settings has lead me through more experiences, allowing me to share these experiences with students and encourage them to be open to different opportunities.”
This is an exciting time for the profession. “The continuous additions to the roles of the dental hygienist opens doors for careers in research, education, public health, corporate settings, administration and even as entrepreneurs.”
Walsh encourages those looking to enter the field, to pursue the bachelor’s degree. “It is important to set your sights high early in your career. Workplace settings beyond clinical practice are attracting the skills of dental hygienists. The opportunities are truly endless, and the dental hygiene field could use more degreed hygienists to strengthen and grow our profession.”
Professor Walsh speaks from her own experience. “Upon completion of my BSDH, I realized my true passion for practicing dental hygiene as an educator. I believe that it is critically important to begin your career with complete confidence that your education has prepared you with the necessary tools to become an immediate asset to any organization. As an alumna, I thoroughly enjoy teaching and advising students through a journey that I once experienced myself.”
A highlight of Walsh’s teaching career has been the opportunity to develop a pilot First-Year Seminar course specifically for pre-dental hygiene students, designed to introduce them to the dental hygiene profession. The seminar provides the students with an opportunity to engage in the culture of the Mount Ida College Dental Hygiene Program with activities extending beyond the classroom.
Walsh holds a Massachusetts Dental Hygiene License, Permit L for Local Anesthesia and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR) certification.
Professor Walsh is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association and is the Academic Success Coach for pre-dental hygiene students and she teaches Dental Hygiene First-Year Seminar, Dental Materials Lab and Pain Management Lab.