Hygiene Highlights


Spring 2021


A letter from the President..

I hope this finds you all well! What a year this has been. It has been my honor to serve as your SDDHA President this year. Together we turned obstacles into opportunities. Although we were not able to gather in person for annual session last year, we hope you enjoyed the free CE we were able to offer via Zoom this summer. This was something new for us and although it was challenging, we wanted to offer quality CE for free to our members and at an affordable price for nonmembers.  I am blessed to be serving with the very best board. I am so thankful for each of their contributions each year. They work tirelessly and without recognition and I am so grateful to call each one of them colleagues and friends. I hope many of you can join us either live or via Zoom for annual this year. Thank you all for your dedication to our profession.

Kind regards,

Carissa Regnerus MA RDH

SDDHA President 2020-2021

[email protected]


Register now for the 2021 Annual Sessions below. The event will contain 13 CE credits. Location is in Sioux Falls at the Sheraton in the Fontanelle Ballroom. Available both in person and virtually!

The price for the event is as follows:

$50 SDDHA Members

$80 Non Members

$10 Non Member Business Meeting (Optional)

$0 SDDHA Member Business Meeting (Optional)


Thursday May 13th, 2021

8-9 am: 1 CE

Matt Dewald PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

 “Your best posture is always your next posture.”

9-11am: 2 CE

Tallie Cassanova, MSW

Melissa Dittberner, PhD

Tasha Wendel, MPH

Katie Williams, MSDH

“Screening and Prevention in South Dakota”

11am-12pm: 1 CE

Erik Mutterer, MA

“Radiology Update 2021”


Exhibit Hall/Lunch Break

2pm-3pm: 1 CE

Lancette VanGuilder, BS

“Do These Gums Make Me Look Fat”

3pm-4pm: 1 CE

Lancette VanGuilder, BS

“Making the Shift: Oral Cancer Prevention, HPV, and the Oral Health Setting”


SDDHA Annual Business Dinner

Friday May 14th, 2021

8am-12pm: 4 CE

Michael Glick, DMD

“Treatment of the Medically Complex Dental Patient”


Exhibit Hall/Lunch Break

1pm-4pm: 3 CE

Michael Glick, DMD

“The Oral-Systemic Health Connection”

Register for Annual Sessions 2021 now!


Do you know someone who:

  • Is an active member of the SDDHA
  • Has contributed to the growth of the dental hygiene profession
  • Has shown a passion for the dental hygiene field
  • Supported the SDDHA at both state and national levels 

Please submit the name of the person you wish to nominate along with a short explanation or memo to President Carissa Regnerus at [email protected]. All nominations are due before May 1st, 2021.

South Dakota Dental Hygienist Association Board Positions

The SDDHA Board would love to have YOU be apart of our team. We currently have three positions vacant for the 2021 - 2022 term: Western CE Coordinator, Historian, and Vice President. The Western CE Coordinator helps provide continuing education courses on the West side of the state with the help of the SDDHA board. The Historian is responsible for archiving important information and events that happen throughout the years. Our Vice President coordinates our Annual Sessions each year. If you are interested in helping lead the dental hygiene profession in South Dakota, please reach out to our President at [email protected].

2020 Radiology Course Rescheduled Date TBD

The 2020 Radiology Continuing Education course is still tentatively being 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].

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