Hi I’m Terri Chandler, RDH and I first began my dental career as a dental assistant, in 1984, receiving a Certificate of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew-up in Las Vegas, Nevada and in 1999 I graduated from the College of Southern Nevada Dental Hygiene Program receiving the prestigious awards of Sigma Phi Alpha-All State Academic, Leadership Award and the Community Oral Health Award. During my dental hygiene education, I participated in a successful grassroots legislative campaign to improve the oral health of Nevadans through community water fluoridation. This campaign established Clark County (Las Vegas, Nevada) as the first county in Nevada to have a fluoridated public water supply.
As a strong proponent of "professional service" I’ve been a proud American Dental Hygienists’ Association member since 1998! Through ADHA I’ve been active in the association serving on the local, state and national levels. From 2004-2010, I was a contracted staff member under a CDC Cooperative Agreement for the Nevada State Health Division serving as Oral Health Coalition/ Sealant Coordinator. In 2009, I took the forward leap to establish Future Smiles a Nevada nonprofit. I am proud to say that, through my leadership, Future Smiles is a nationally recognized school-health-intervention that demonstrates grown as a statewide program that annually serves more than 20,000 school-aged youth, from schools in three counties within our great state of Nevada. As you can see, Public Health has woven itself into the fabric of my life for many, many years!
In 2016, I was appointed to a national work group supporting sealants--Children's Dental Health Project has convened the School Sealant Program to strengthen school sealant programs by providing recommendations for effective design and operations of sealant programs. Most recently, the Center for Health Workforce Studies published findings that include Future Smiles as a successful case study in their report “An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health.”
My moto for success:
Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. - Conrad Hilton