Get To Know: Joanna Mohammadi

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training? 
    Oral Health Promotion and Statistics.

  3. What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
    Connecting with patients and working with a like-minded dental team.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.