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Faculty Member to Lead MDHA

Written by Adam Zewe

Assistant Professor Marion Manski, RDH, MS, was named president of the Maryland Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) during the annual session on Nov. 6, 2011. As the new leader of the dental hygiene advocacy organization, she looks forward to making an impact throughout her one-year term.

During her presidency, she plans to nurture the next generation of MDHA leadership through mentoring programs. The MDHA faces many pressing issues as it strives to improve access to dental care. "Being involved in my profession means taking a shared responsibility for what it is and what it will be. The MDHA provides dental hygienists with a unified voice to work as colleagues," she remarks.

Manski looks forward to promoting lifelong learning, especially among young dental hygienists. As an educator, she enjoys collaborating with fellow instructors and helping students flourish as they complete their education. She takes great pride in UMSOD, where she completed her bachelor's degree. A native of Connecticut, Manski moved to Maryland after her husband, Richard, became director of the Division of Health Services Research. According to Manski, the dental hygiene program gives students one-of-a-kind clinical opportunities and prepares them to be leaders.

Her role as admissions director for the Division of Dental Hygiene has also been extremely rewarding. She sees students develop as they advance through the hygiene program. Manski encourages dental hygiene students to become patient advocates and strong collaborators. "Teamwork is what makes a successful dental practice. When we all work together like a well-oiled machine, the patient benefits," she concludes.


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