Crest + Oral-B is excited to announce the first winner of the Pros in the Profession awards program, which celebrates the tireless efforts of Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs) working to further the oral health cause. Michelle Vacha of Colorado Springs, CO has exemplified the qualities of a true Pro in the Profession by going above and beyond her daily duties in making a difference in the lives of her community. In its third year, the Crest + Oral-B Pros in the Profession program recognizes extraordinary hygienists, such as Michelle, for their unwavering commitment to improving oral health.
A stand out applicant, Michelle’s vision and efforts align with the message and mission of Pros in the Profession through her nonprofit work. While living in a retirement community, Michelle noticed prevalence of poor oral care among her elderly patients as a result of an overall lack of health resources. Determined to make a difference, she founded Senior Mobile Dental, a nonprofit mobile access clinic, which serves elderly community directly in their nursing homes. This year alone, Michelle and Senior Mobile Dental have provided over $500,000 worth of care to nursing homes around the Colorado area.
As a winner, Michelle will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Procter & Gamble German Innovation Center at Kronberg, Germany; $1,000 USD monetary prize; a recognition plaque; and acknowledgment in dental periodicals, on the Crest + Oral-B Dental Professionals Facebook page and on Dentalcare.com.
In order to be considered for the Pros in the Profession program, nominees must have two or more years of clinical/professional experience after graduating from dental hygiene school; participate in community service; and provide examples of exceptional work. If you, or someone you know, meet these criteria, please visit facebook.com/professionalcrestoralb or prosintheprofession.com to nominate them for this coveted award.