Get To Know: Lyn Carman

Portrait of the DHAA SA State Chair – Lyn Carman

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 the DHAA SA State Chair, Lyn Carman.

    1. Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
      I began my dental career as a dental assistant for my lifelong family dentist, who was an inspirational and wonderful mentor, always after the next challenge and growth I knew there was more for me. I applied for ADOH Adelaide and graduated with 10 others in 1986.

    2. What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
      I really enjoyed biology as well as head and neck anatomy and of course the clinical sessions, hands-on when we began working with real patients, this was and is my favourite part of our role.

    3. What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
      There is very little I don’t love and feel very grateful to have been able to get up every day and love what I do.  I love working with people and making a difference in their lives, not only with their oral health, supporting them to take responsibility for their health, but also as someone who cares about them as a wonderful human.

    4. Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
      I was approached by SA Director Ali Taylor, and Tracey Herman who had been SA President/Chair for the previous five years and became Chair of SA in January 2017, as a first-time DHAA ‘virgin’.  I felt at this stage in my career, one which has been very good to me, that I had something to offer, to give back to our community.

    5. Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
      There have been so many amazing role models and influences in my career. I have huge admiration for the pioneers of our profession, the visionaries, all the strong women – and the dentists who supported them – who stood strong and fought for what we have now.

    6. What are you currently reading?
      I have a pile of books by my bedside and on my desk, Ultimate You, The Four Disciplines of Excellence and Tribes to name a few.

    7. Where do you go to escape?
      I live in the Adelaide Hills, and love being in the beautiful hills environment, plus the ocean is always a source of calm and re-energising for me. I enjoy my own space and can escape easily by being present in the moment.

    Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer work-force.