GET TO KNOW: Cheryl Dey

Portrait if DHAA Treasurer Cheryl Dey

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 DHAA Treasurer and SA Director, Cheryl Dey.

  1. Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
    After year 12 I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I just floated through a few part time jobs until my mum brought home a TAFE catalogue and told me to pick something to study. I was tossing up between dental assisting and child care and eventually went with dental. I fell in love with the dental industry and after being a DA for about five years I decided to try my luck getting into the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) at Tafe SA. I got in, and the rest, as they say, is history!
  2. What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
    I was a bit of a nerd during my course, and I have to say I loved most of my subjects but especially Anatomy & Physiology and Embryology.
  3. What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
    I work in a specialist orthodontic practice and I love seeing the change in people as we develop their smile. People become more open, more confident – we really do change people’s lives.
  4. Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
    I am currently the SA Director and sit on the board of DHAA Ltd. I am also chair of the finance committee, or treasurer, of the association. During my studies I had a lot of great lecturers and tutors who were involved with the DHAA and they inspired me to get involved and give back to the profession.
  5. Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
    Within the association, past National President Hellen Checker has been my biggest influence. I have worked with her on the SA State Committee and the National Committee and have been inspired by her dedication to the profession, to her patients, and to her colleagues.
  6. What are you currently reading?
    I have a few books on the go: “The Barefoot Investor” by Scott Pape, “Eating Ourselves Sick” by Louise Stephen, and “The Dirk Pitt Adventure Series” by Clive Cussler.
  7. Where do you go to escape?
    Music. I love the way a good song can completely take you out of your current situation or mood and totally change your day. Exotic beach locations are quite nice too!

Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know the DHAA Victoria Director, Ron Knevel.