Member Monday Spotlight
Monica L. Calvert, Certified School Dental Hygienist
Monica L. Calvert, RDH, MSDH, CSDH, PHDHP
A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, Monica became interested in the dental field as a young girl when her Girl Scout troop went on a field trip to a dental office. Inspired by her visit with the dental hygienist and her own compassion for helping others, Monica pursued a degree in Dental Hygiene. This led to her receiving an AS and BS in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty State College and recent completion of her MS in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty University. Monica and her husband Michael reside in Wheeling, WV and have three incredible sons, Alex, Isaac, and Zachary. Monica has developed a strong devotion to improving the oral health of children and community dental health. She has been a practicing dental hygienist for sixteen years and has served as a certified school dental hygienist for the Pittsburgh Public School District for the past six years. The dental hygiene profession has given her a deep appreciation for improving the quality of life for the community; one smile at a time.
- What do you love most about being a dental hygienist?
My passion for being a dental hygienist involves making a positive impact and improving the oral health of children and adolescents through providing access to oral health services in schools. Throughout my years of being a dental hygienist, I have dedicated my practice of dental hygiene to providing exceptional oral health services and dental education to elevate the importance of oral health and meet the needs of the public.
- What is your most memorable patient experience?
All of the patients that I have seen over the years have provided special memories, however, my most memorable patient experience was having my husband as my first patient.
- How do you define success?
Success to me is always working hard to do my best in any situation to become the best dental hygienist I am capable of being, having the greatest impact on my community, and believing in myself.
- What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
The best career advice that I have received is do what you love with an open mind and heart, but work hard and efficiently to accomplish your goals.
- Do you currently hold or have you ever held a leadership position within ADHA/WVDHA (national, state, or local)? If so, when?
As a student, I served as Vice-President of the West Liberty University SADHA chapter and after graduation, served a year as President of the Tri-State Dental Hygienists Association.