As a self-employed mobile dental hygienist, I unfortunately do not have huge purchasing volume or a dentist buying products for me to try. Being a Dental Product Shopper evaluator sounded like a meaningful way to try new products within my limited budget resources. This also brings me an opportunity to stay current on products and services that I would otherwise have difficulty being exposed to.
Prior to becoming a hygienist, I was an emergency dispatcher for a small city. The hours were not ideal, the job was stressful, and my contact with the public was mostly confined to people who were experiencing crisis in their lives. My hygienist recommended dental hygiene as a less stressful career, and I had read in Money Magazine that it was a well-paying career that was flexible.
Being a hygienist enables me to have one-on-one contact with people and educate them, often times making a meaningful impact in their oral health and quality of life. My private practice, Smiles By Diana
, specializes in treating developmentally disabled adults, and I enjoy bringing kindness and patience to anxious people and helping them overcome their phobias.
NAME: Diana Lynn Carr, RDHAP
DENTAL HYGIENE SCHOOL: Cabrillo College
YEARS IN PRACTICE: 18
PRACTICE LOCATION: San Juan Bautista, CA