Speaker Bios for Fall Session

Michelle G. Klenk, RDH, EdD

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Michelle G. Klenk, RDH, EdD served as Department Chairperson of the BridgeValley Community and Technical College Dental Hygiene Program for a total of 24 years.  She received a Governor’s appointment and completed 3 years of service on the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners. She also continues to serve as a dental hygiene member/examiner of regional board organizations Commission on Dental Competency Assessment/Western Regional Examining Board (formerly NERB/WREB) and Southern Regional Testing Agency.  She additionally serves as the District VI representative to the American Board of Dental Examiners.  Her American Dental Association appointments include active service on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination Test Construction committee and as a site visitor and team chair for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  

 

Dr. Klenk earned her dental hygiene bachelor’s degree from WVU, a Master’s degree in Dental Auxiliary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Education Administration from WVU.  She is a consultant and continuing education presenter in the dental field specializing in the areas of OSHA/Infection control, Substance Abuse, Medical Emergencies and Medically Compromised patients.  Dr. Klenk is a current member and past president of the West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association, member and past section chair of the American Dental Education Association and member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.

Crystal Spring, RDH, BS, LAP

Crystal Spring, RDH, BS, LAP has spent the last 23 years practicing as a clinical dental hygienist as well as serving in dental hygiene leadership and advocating for access to care.  She has a diverse resume including starting her own mobile dental hygiene business, non-profit, mentorship program, grant writing, and interprofessional education. Crystal is passionate about public health, and equitable care. She has spent the majority of her career working to improve oral health disparities in vulnerable populations. Her unique experience caring for patients in varying public health settings has empowered her vision to help others to take the leap into untraditional preventative dental settings. Crystal and her team (Smiles Across Montana)  focus on a whole health approach to preventative services and work hard to advance the use of medical-dental integration into the health care system.  Crystal works with several nursing schools to add the use of intraoral imaging, oral cancer screening, and preventative oral health services into their curriculum.

Crystal is a past president of the Montana Dental Hygienists Association and has served on the ADHA Board of Trustees.   She is a national award-winning RDH receiving the 2017 ADHA/HuFriedy Master Clinician Award, the, 2019 Sunstar RDH Award of Distinction, the 2020 Today’s RDH Honor Award, and the 2021 Dimensions Six Dental Hygienists You Want To Know.  Crystal also serves as a Key Opinion Leader in the dental industry and has been featured on dental podcasts and articles. She currently serves on the RDH editorial advisory board as well as writing articles centered around medical dental integration and public health.

Crystal’s spirited approach to leadership and advocacy has allowed her to share her passion for public health, advancement of the profession of dental hygiene, and equitable preventative services for everyone.

Areas of Expertise: Public speaking, Mobile and Teledentistry, Public Health, Medical/Dental Integration and Advocacy.

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