GET TO KNOW: Tabitha Acret

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 seven questions. This week we catch up with the newly-elected DHAA Vice-President, Tabitha Acret

  1. Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
    I originally went to uni to do a law degree but quickly realised it wasn’t going to be like “Law and Order” . I was working as a dental nurse to help pay for university and the dentist I was working for at the time urged me to stay within dental. That’s when I decided I no longer wanted to study law.
  2. What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
    Embryology.
  3. What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
    Meeting new people, getting to hear the interesting life stories from patients and, of course, I love helping people to become healthy.
  4. Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
    Currently I am the National Vice-President. I decided to get involved as I wanted to have input on what type of speakers we had at courses and I really enjoyed being part of the organising for local events.
  5. Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
    Dr Jill Taylor, she is such a motivated and enthusiastic dental hygienist and she reignited my passion for preventative dentistry at a time when I was feeling a bit burnt out.
  6. What are you currently reading?
    “The history of Sleep Physiology and Medicine”. I just realised how boring I am!
  7. Where do you go to escape?
    Bali, I love it and take a couple of trips every year. Turn the phone off and enjoy the pool and cocktails.

Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know the new DHAA Treasurer, Cheryl Dey.