Find out more about the people making the decisions and calling the shots in the DHAA.
Every fortnight we ask various movers and shakers, in the association, a set of questions. This week we catch up with Alyson McKinlay, who is the Tasmanian Director of the DHAA.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
Whilst working as a school dental therapist in Queensland, I was offered the chance to undertake the academic upgrade. I thoroughly enjoyed the hygiene component and working with all ages – not just children and teens – so when the opportunity came to work solely as a hygienist I travelled to Tasmania and have been working at the same private practice ever since.
- What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
Head and neck anatomy – I love just how intricate we are. Saliva however came a close second, such amazing qualities.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
I love being a clinician. I enjoy seeing the understanding dawn on people’s faces. I especially enjoy finding teeth under the cover of calculus and allowing the teeth to re-discover the light after being hidden.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
I am newly-elected into the role of Tasmanian Director. I felt that Tasmanian members needed a local voice and our previous director was unable to continue in her role.
I decided that I could volunteer for two years and hopefully encourage some of our younger, newer members to expand their knowledge and leadership by having a go.
- Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
On reflection there is no single person who has influenced me the most. I have met many wonderful people throughout my life – and some not so wonderful. Each has touched and influenced my life and thoughts but no one individual stands out specifically.
I seem to be like a magpie that picks up all the bits and bobs around them and then moulds these treasures into something unique. I like to think all these influences have created the person I am today.
- What are you currently reading?
The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley. Book number five in a series about seven sisters, all adopted.
- Where do you go to escape?
I enjoy being at home my escape is whichever novel I am reading at present.
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer workforce.