|Wendy St. Cyr, RDH, BS, President
3rd Annual “Caryn Solie RDH” Scholarship Winners
Reno – April 13, 2012
Bailey Brady is a native Nevadan. After graduation from high school she attended the University of Nevada Reno, and then enrolled in the Truckee Meadows Community College dental hygiene program in the Fall of 2010.
Bailey plans to continue studying dental hygiene and nutrition dietetics at UNR. As a youth she aspired to be a dental professional. A dental hygiene career allows her to work in the medical field and improve the oral health of many individuals.
Bailey states, “As a life-long Nevada resident I have seen the need for families and fellow students to know the importance of nutrition and oral health.” Ms. Brady intends to utilize her knowledge, skills, experience, and compassion to promote good oral health and nutrition to Nevadans through local clinics and community outreach programs. “There are minorities, disabled, homeless, and unemployed individuals in Nevada that need assistance. The state of Nevada, UNR, and TMCC have provided me with an excellent education, and so I desire to give back to them.”
Bruna T. Lannes believes that the profession of dental hygiene is the opportunity to get involved with the community, make a positive impact, and make a difference for the state of Nevada. It is the chance to provide care, compassion, health and education to those in need.
Ultimately, it is the ability to provide a smile when a smile is needed. Her professional interests include working with children and the special needs population. She is particularly interested in working with those who have developmental disabilities such as autism and Downs syndrome. Often times, these individuals need guidance and explanations in the dental setting and this can present a challenge for the busy hygienist and dentist.
She believes that these populations are underserved and require special attention which can be provided with patience and understanding. She states, “With the young patient, a first visit is essential and it is extremely critical that it be a positive one.” Ms. Lannes was the 2011 SADHA Treasurer of her junior dental hygiene class and is currently the 2012 senior Vice President. She was a student delegate at the ADHA House of Delegates meeting in 2011. She has participated in various community service activities and enjoys giving back to her community. Her goals and aspirations include continuing her education, gaining experience and becoming an advanced dental hygiene practitioner in the future to provide care to the underserved population in Nevada as an ADHP.
The “Sigma Phi Alpha Delta Tau Caryn Solie RDH Scholarship” has been created in honor of ADHA Immediate Past President Caryn Solie, RDH as a tribute to her consistent and extensive dedication to the profession of dental hygiene. Caryn is the Past President of NNDHA. In addition, she served as ADHA District XII Trustee from 2002-2006. In this capacity she served as a Board Advisor to the Council on Education and Public Health, the Committee on Administration and the HY-Pac Committee. She was appointed to the Executive Director Search Committee for ADHA in 2004. Her experience has provided her with many opportunities to meet with other hygienists, lobbyists, dentists, legislators and governors. She has facilitated strategic planning sessions with all of the District XII constituents. She has also served as member of the ADHA Council on Policy and Bylaws. Caryn is a recipient of the prestigious 2008 Discus Dental/ADHA Distinguished Service Award. She resides in Sparks, Nevada.
Delta Tau Announces Three New Members
Belle Baldwin, RDH 2012 Honorary Member
David K. Lund, DDS2012 Faculty Member
Shari Byrnes, CDA/Henry Schein Dental 2012 Corporate Member
Finding ways to enhance the dental community is a passion of Shari’s. She has donated personal time and funds to participate in many local dental events, including continuing education (CE) programs and activities at the TMCC Dental Hygiene Program. Through her efforts with donations and raffles, manning booths, introducing new products, speaking to groups, and setting up courses she continues to help support RDH’s to find jobs, enhance their practice settings, and locate CE programs. Shari is supportive of all aspects of the dental field and she is currently a Co-Chair of the first ongoing Free Dental Clinic for Adults in Northern Nevada. A faith-based facility, Compassion Community Clinic, is slated to open in the Fall of 2012. The nonprofit clinic will administer to the uninsured/underserved in the Northern Nevada Community, as these individuals cannot afford to be seen in a private practice and often wind up in emergency rooms for pain control. Volunteer hygienists, dental assistants and dentists will have an opportunity to bring quality healthcare to those in need, in our community.