Dec 2016 
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California Dental Hygienists' Association

Mt. Diablo Dental Hygiene Society Officers


Nicole Claus,RDH 

Immediate Past President:
Kristy Menage Bernie RDH, MS-DH, RYT     
Vice-President of Administration:
Mariann Fujimoto, RDH     

Vice-President of Education:
Jessica Wilcox, RDH

CDHA Trustee:
Mariann Fujimoto, RDH     
Deborah Phillips, RDH,BA

Noreen Grubb, RDH

Mt. Diablo Dental Hygiene Society Committees


Legislation committee:
Legislation committee
Student Liasions:
Kathrina Roldan, RDH

Community Oral Health Chair:
Tabitha Nacua, BS, RDH   

Newsletter Editor:
Amanda Bielskis, RDH, BS
Patty Martin, RDHAP
President's Message   
Nicole Claus, AS, RDH
Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is a perfect opportunity for reflection on the past year and time to set new personal and professional goals. Many of us will make New Years resolutions to improve our life, health and career. I would like to encourage our members to make a resolution to be more involved in your professional association. It can be something small like volunteering to help at one of our CE courses or something grand like becoming a delegate for our component at this years CDHA House of delegates meeting in June. We will be voting at our next CE course for our open board member and delegate positions. Please contact myself or any of our board members if you would like to become more involved. We love to see new faces, and welcome new voices and ideas to improve your association.

I would like to thank our members for their continued support and investment in our profession. For our members whose membership is due for renewal please visit to renew your membership today. If you have any questions regarding your CDHA membership please email Remember there is strength in numbers and it is vitally important for our profession to maintain your membership with CDHA. If you have any colleagues that are currently non-members please encourage them to invest in their profession and invite them to join CDHA.

Please don't forget to sign up for our CE course on January 14.  See this link to the flyer for all the details. 

Wishing you good health, happiness, and success in the coming year, 

Nicole Claus, RDH
MDDHS President
Mt Diablo Dental Hygiene Society Presents
CE Courses
(Note MDDHS also accepts credit cards. Please preregister via flier to hold your spot and present your cc for payment at our registration desk before course presentation.)

"Refer or Not to Refer, That Is the Question"

4 CE Units
When: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Concord, CA
Featuring: Dr. Etienne Lacrampe
Registration/Breakfast: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Presentation:  9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

To view the course flier and registration form click here.

"Mandatory Infection Control, Law & Ethics"

4 CE Units
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Concord, CA
Featuring: Tricia Osuna, RDH, BSDH, FAADH   
Registration/Breakfast: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Presentation:  9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

To view the course flier and registration form click here.
CDHA Trustee Message, Mariann Fujimoto, RDH -

We will be sending eight delegates to the annual CDHA House of Delegates to be held June 2-4, 2017 in San Diego. If you're interested in being a delegate representing the Mt Diablo Component, please contact Mariann Fujimoto at

Mariann Fujimoto, RDH
Mt. Diablo Component CDHA Trustee

****   MDDHS members will get 10% off registration!!  ****

For more information on this rewarding and valuable event, 
view this flyer or go to
Employee Rights!

Are you being misclassified as an independent contractor? Often dentist call it 'pay per patient' which if there is more than one patient cancellation can make for a long day and can affect our wallet as well. Are you being made to stay during those cancellations? Well, don't, unless you are being paid for staying. Sometimes employers will be willing to negotiate a rate of half our normal pay to help within the office with other duties. Make yourself more valuable and learn insurance coverages and breakdown of benefits which will also help with case management of your patients. If you feel like you are not being treated fairly always talk to your employer first and if things can't be resolved there are agencies that can help:

NLRB- contact for help or advice
Labor Commissioner also known as DIR-
Can help with back wages and also questions about your employee rights.
EDD- contact if you are not able to work for an extended amount of time.

Know your rights as an employee and visit the password protected member section of the CDHA website where a document has been posted regarding these issues.

Brian Pepperell, RDH
Mt. Diablo Component 
Government Relations Council
CDHA Spring Scientific Session 
May 2017 - Anaheim, California

CDHA is proud to be partnering with CDA again to offer students 
the opportunity to advance dental hygiene by fostering research. Student Clinic Tables to be presented.  Look for details and application forms coming soon. Link 

DVC Class of 2017
DVC Class of 2018


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