Kathy has been a dental hygienist, educator, speaker, author, consultant, seminar and study club leader for over 30 years.
She speaks frequently about the correct classification, documentation, treatment planning, procedure code selection and long-term case management for patients with periodontal disease. She is provides continuing education to state Dental Hygiene associations, the U. of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University CDE programs as well as dental offices throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her engagements also include presentations to ADA/CODHA Annual Meeting, ADHA Annual Meeting and RDH Under-One-Roof.
Kathy is a contributing author for the Insurance Solutions Newsletter, a national publication for Dr. Charles Blair and Associates, where she addresses issues related to dental hygiene procedures and proper billing practices as well as articles on similar topics published in RDH Magazine.
She currently services on the Ad Hoc CDT Working Group for ADHA, reviewing current and potential procedure codes related to dental hygiene practice. During her long career in education she most recently taught the first year Periodontics curriculum and first year clinic in the Dental Hygiene Program at Pierce College in Tacoma, WA as well as the Teaching Practicum Series for the Eastern Washington University’s Degree Completion program (at Pierce College) for licensed dental hygienists seeking their Bachelor’s Degree.
Kathy and her husband recently moved to Colorado after spending 2 years in Southern California where she served on The California Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Task Force investigating and developing procedure codes and definitions which better reflect established dental hygiene treatment protocols.