Hygiene Highlights


Summer 2019

South Dakota Hygienist of the Year

CAPT Goodman currently resides in South Dakota as an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Services assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health. CAPT Goodman received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1995, her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, a graduate Certificate in Distance Education Training and Teaching from the University of Maryland University College in 2015, her Certified Health Education Specialist in 2017, and her Doctor of Health Education from A. T. Still University in 2019.

CAPT Goodman currently serves as the lead expert and functional supervisor in developing and implementing clinical and community oral disease prevention programs at the Rapid City Indian Health Service (IHS) Sioux San Hospital. CAPT Goodman has secured grant funding for maternal oral health programs, increasing access for women to obtain dental care during pregnancy. She also serves as the area wide and IHS wide coordinator, trainer, educator, and mentor. CAPT Goodman developed the first ever IHS Dental Hygienist Challenges course curriculum for new dental hygienists entering practice with the IHS. CAPT Goodman served on the United States Naval Hospital Ship – USNS Comfort during a humanitarian mission to South America. She provided dental services to communities with limited health care access in Belize, Guatemala, and Panama. 

CAPT Goodman is a foster parent of 18 children (not at the same time) and a certified domestic violence counselor. In her spare time she enjoys riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle, camping and paddle boarding with her dog Jake, and spending time with family and friends. 

Listen to us interview her on our Podcast!! 


Messages from the Board

Greetings South Dakota Hygienists! I am very thankful for this opportunity to serve as your 2019-2020 SDDHA President. Thank you for all of your support! We have a lot in store for this year and are excited to have you all along on the journey with us!  Most recently we were at Annual Session in Rapid City, SD. We had a great turn out and have received positive feedback in this regard. We again extend our gratitude for your attendance and well as support of the session.  We are now prepping to attend ADHA in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of June. This event provides us with the opportunity to further our education as well as network with others in this prosperous field of dental hygiene. The year is just starting and along with that comes goals. Our goal is continually increase our team of members on the SDDHA so we can continue to provide insight as well as growth potential for our profession. We are excited to work collaboratively with other dental/health care associations to grow this profession as one. Together we can work to achieve anything and the more people we have on our team the stronger we can be.  " Dream BIG, Sparkle MORE, and Shine BRIGHT!" Cheers to 2019-2020! 

Tia S. Meyer, RDH

SDDHA President 2019-2020


I am excited to head into this new year of leadership for SDDHA. We have been working hard to build an amazing team to serve and represent all of you. We have been honored and blessed to receive such wise and beneficial mentoring from those of you that have served before us, thank you. I am looking forward to fulfilling my role of Immediate Past President, and to provide support to our incoming leadership for their terms ahead. In June, I am humbled to be able to represent South Dakota at the ADHA House of Delegates and can't wait to bring you updates. I welcome all South Dakota hygienists to consider joining us this year in Louisville, KY. It would be amazing to have a large representation this year. I look forward to serving you this upcoming year, I welcome your questions, comments, and conversation.  

Amy Ericks, Past President

Carissa Regnerus, President Elect

Abby Schiley, Treasurer

Hailey Purves, Secretary

Tasha Wendel, Legislative Chair

Katie Williams, Vice President

Maddy Smith, Historian

Suzanne Luken, Information Officer

Krysta Novak, Western CE Coordinator

Angela Hall, Eastern CE Coordinator

ADHA Annual Session

Amy Ericks, Tia Meyer, Carissa Regnerus, and Cindy Dellman represented our state at the ADHA Annual Session this year in Louisville, Kentucky. 




Having the opportunity to provide testimony and serve as delegates and alternate delegates, they represented us well!

Semi Annual 2019

Click the link for information about Semi-Annual Session in Oacoma, SD at Cedar Shores Resort. 

Semi Annual Flyer.pdf

Register for Semi-Annual at the link below and get Early Bird Pricing!

2019 Sept 28 Semi-Annual