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 Joanna Mohammadi, who is the current editor of the DHAA Bulletin.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
I'm petrified of dentists (as I'm sure a lot of people are!) and I wanted to empower patients to take control of their own oral health.
- What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
Oral Health Promotion and Statistics.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
Connecting with patients and working with a like-minded dental team.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
I’m currently editor of the DHAA Bulletin. A few years ago, I wanted to volunteer for the association to make a contribution to our profession! I started by writing a few articles, and then took the opportunity to become editor. I stepped down briefly for maternity leave but I’m back again!
- Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
I have a village of dental professionals who have shaped who I am today. But, if I had to choose one person, it would have to be Dr Linda Wallace at the University of Newcastle. I’ll never forget the first public health lecture she gave when I was a young uni student! I am in awe of her passion and ability to think outside the box. I look up to her and I wouldn't be where I am in my career if it wasn't for Linda!
- What are you currently reading?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, by Richard Carlson. Although not technically reading as I’m listening to it as an audiobook. I use this app called audible on my phone. I love it! As I’m very time poor, I multi-task by listening to audiobooks and podcasts when I'm cleaning and cooking.
- Where do you go to escape?
I love swimming! Beach or swimming pool I don't discriminate.
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer workforce.