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MDHA Member of the Month Diane Tickle Sullivan, RDH

MDHA  LOVES  Mississippi Registered Dental Hygienists, ESPECIALLY OUR DEDICATED MEMBERS!

Congratulations, Diane Tickle Sullivan, RDH!

We have chosen Diane as the Featured Member of the Month for MAY!  

Diane is a dedicated and valuable member of The Mississippi Dental Hygienists' Association, and we would like to give her a special shoutout for being a part of our Association and helping us to continue to strive in supporting, strengthening, and advocating for our profession! 

Below is a short bio Diane has given us, along with answers to three important questions that we asked her:

"I received my certificate in Dental Hygiene from the University of Tennessee, College of Health Related Professions, School of Dental Hygiene in 1971. In 1974, I saw a need for patients to receive treatment for the "Deviate Swallow". I completed a postgraduate course of study in the "Diagnosis and Treatment of the Deviate Swallow" at The Institute of Myofunctional Study in Coral Gables, Florida. Only a few dental professionals are certified in Myofunctional Therapy even though research in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy has been around since 1978. I am a member of The American Dental Hygiene Association and The Local Component. I am married to Ken Sullivan, Enrolled Agent, Tax Professional, and Real Estate Broker. We were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Jill, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and Catherine, Registered Nurse, and four precious grandchildren."

How did you get into dentistry?

"I got interested in dentistry thanks to our family dentist and friend when I was in high school. He was talking to me about what I wanted to do after graduation, where did I want to go to college. I told him I wanted to have a career in the medical field, as I knew I didn't want to be a secretary or teacher. He suggested that I talk to his hygienist, who was also a friend, about hygiene. She expressed to me how she enjoyed her career and how she was able to work her schedule around her children's activities so she could be involved with them."

What makes you happy about working in the dental field, specifically as a Registered Dental Hygienist?

"Working in the dental field is very rewarding to me. I enjoy my patients and feel like they are family. I have shared in their excitement of receiving a call while in my chair that they were just approved to adopt a beautiful little Chinese baby girl, being at the airport when they left to get their daughter and seeing that precious baby when they arrived back to Jackson. I have seen the children grow up, attended their weddings, and shared in the excitement of the birth of their children. I had a woman that had stain on her teeth, and it was so rewarding to remove the stain, hand her a mirror and see her smile from ear to ear to see the stain gone, and then I talked to her about using some bleaching strips to help whiten her teeth a little more. I've received cards and letters from patients thanking me for being compassionate and caring about their dental health or just listening to them talk about whatever may be on their mind. I have sent cards to patients just to let them know I was thinking about them or to wish them Happy Birthday. I have had patients give me tips, invite me to go to lunch or dinner with them, or join them for coffee at Starbucks. I truly love my profession and enjoy working with my patients and developing personal relationships with them."

What is your favorite quote/saying/verse that inspires you?

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Diane, and for all that you do! We sincerely appreciate you!


2017 MDHA Annual Session

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