Hygiene Highlights


Fall 2020


A letter from the President..


It is my sincere hope that you are all doing well during these uncertain times. Your SDDHA board
members are here for you and want to help you not only survive this crazy dental world we’ve been
tasked with, but maybe even thrive as we find new ways to do things. We have become especially
mindful of how important it is to take care of ourselves and each other to combat anxiety and burnout
that has become so common. As a country, hygienists have found colossal value in ADHA membership as
the organization leads us in unprecedented times, and our state is no different. Our membership
numbers have increased, and we want to keep up the trend! We want to give a special shout out to our
new members. We are excited to have you join us! ADHA has reminded us that due to our prorated
dues schedule, this fall new members will begin paying for the rest of 2020 as well as all of 2021.

If you are interested in joining our board, please contact me at [email protected]. We currently have an opening for our Western CE coordinator and will have other positions opening in May. Please continue to renew your membership and encourage your fellow hygienists to join us as we rally together to learn and grow.

Warm regards,

Carissa Regnerus RDH, MA

SDDHA President 2020 - 2021

Welcome new and returning SDDHA Members! 

We are so grateful to welcome new members, lapsed members that have rejoined us, and members who have transferred to the SDDHA from another state. We are thankful for each and every member that helps make up the South Dakota Dental Hygienist Association! Please help us welcome our new 2020 members. 

Sara Anderson 

Grayson Gruenhagen

Roxanne Hunstad

Michelle Jarding

Leonarda Malyemezian

Heather Plueger

Margo Allen

Christina Johnson

Marcia Jensen

Brittany Schmit

We would also like to congratulate two of our SDDHA members who have been apart of our organization for 30 years! 

Patricia Aylward and Cloene Schmidt

Summer Virtual Continuing Education Event Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever virtual continuing education event. We heard from many great speakers and are thankful for their time and dedication to the SDDHA. Although we could not all be together like we planned for the 2020 Annual Sessions, we made the best of it by offering five courses to our members and non members. As a perk of being members of the SDDHA, our members received the five courses free of charge.

Thank you again to our speakers:

Tasha Wendel

Dr. Miller

Carissa Regnerus

Chelsea Jorgensen

Whitney Howerton

Katie Williams

October is National Dental Hygiene Month 

We hope all of the hygienists in South Dakota and across the United States are showered in appreciation in October. You are important and what you do matters. You are more than people who clean teeth. You are primary healthcare providers who are working through a global pandemic. Keep it up! The SDDHA is rooting for you. 

Important dates for your 2021 calendar! 

Lobby Day 2021 in Pierre, South Dakota - January 25th

Annual Sessions 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - May 13th - 15th 

The 2020 Radiology Continuing Education course has been rescheduled to 2021 due to the venue guidelines for COVID. Your place will be held for the event in 2021 if you have already registered for the event. If you would like a refund, please email our Secretary Hailey Bruggeman at [email protected].

South Dakota Dental Hygienist Association Board Positions

The SDDHA Board would love to have YOU be apart of our team. We currently have one position vacant for the 2020 - 2021 term: Western CE Coordinator. We love providing continuing education across the entire state of South Dakota, and we need someone on the West side of the state to help plan continuing education courses for the SDDHA. If you are interested in helping lead the dental hygiene profession in South Dakota, please reach out to our President Carissa Regnerus at [email protected]

Job and Continuing Education Course Postings

SDDHA is now offering a page on our website for job listings to be posted. We will also send out the job listing via email and on Facebook. You can see all job postings here. We will be updating our website calendar with all continuing education courses across the state. If you would like to submit a job posting or continuing education event, please email [email protected].

SDDHA Apparel 

SDDHA apparel is available on our website. Check it out here

Joining SDDHA

Join SDDHA today to receive discounted continuing education courses, network with other hygienists across South Dakota, help make a difference across our state, and more. Join now!

With all the chaos happening in the world, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy. Please reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to help make SDDHA better!


The South Dakota Dental Hygienist Association