Even though no one likes going to the dentist, a career in dentistry (including dental assisting) is a great way to get started. Here are six people who have moved on to other things, but started their professional careers by earning a dental assisting certificate.
Ruth Hartman, Author of Pillow Talk: Ruth Hartman is a romance writer who has nearly a dozen works to her credit, including My Life In Mental Chains,” a memoir about her own struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Her romances often feature dental assistants, dentists and others working in the dental industry. She maintains her dental assisting license and lives in rural Indiana with her husband.
Catherine Greig, former FBI fugitive, and associate of James “Whitey” Bulger: Catherine Greig, 60, landed herself on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for her role in harboring fugitive and alleged Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. Greig had worked as a dental assistant before the pair took their show on the road in 1995. Greig and Bulger were arrested in June 2011 in Santa Monica, CA. Bulger is accused of 19 murders, extortion and money laundering. If convicted, he faces life in prison. Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive and could serve 5 years, if found guilty.
Joan Alden, Professor and Author: Joan Alden is a Professor of English at The Citadel, and a published author with three works to her credit. Alden, who is a lesbian, also published a children’s book about a child with two same-sex parents. In addition to earning her dental assisting certificate, she has worked as an actress off-Broadway, a Wall Street trader and for the Ohio Department of Health. Alden began teaching in her 50’s, and remains active in the classroom at The Citadel.
Ann Battrell, Executive Director of the American Dental Hygienists Association: While it makes perfect sense for a dental hygienist to be the president of the ADHA, Ann Battrell is the first person that has worked as a dental hygienist to serve as the ADHA’s Executive Director. What’s more remarkable is that the ADHA was founded in 1923! Battrell, who was hired by the ADHA in 2005, is an advocate for expanding the role of dental assistants and dental hygienists in the delivery of dental health care, especially in rural areas of the United States, where the availability of dental care is limited.
Susan Crandall, Author: Susan Crandall is suspense and fiction author with nine works to her name. Her most recent work, Sleep No More, was published in 2010. While raising her children, Crandall worked for several years as a dental assistant before pursuing a writing career full-time. She now lives in Indianapolis with her husband. She also has two grown children, one of whom is also a writer.
Carol Ann Guest, Mrs. Utah 2011: Carol Ann Guest was crowned Mrs. Utah 2011 in March and competed in the national Mrs. America pageant in April in White Sulphur Springs, WV in April. Guest earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in Weber State University in 1989. She also worked with students seeking a dental assisting certificate, teaching for 15 years at Salt Lake City Community College before opening her own business in 2002. Embrace Your Place offers empowerment workshops for young girls and women.