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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Celebrates 20 years

When Lorene G. Kent, RDH, BA, decided to launch a new journal for her dental hygienist colleagues—Dimensions of Dental Hygiene—more than 20 years ago, she knew exactly who she wanted to lead it: Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS.

Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS
Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS

When Lorene G. Kent, RDH, BA, decided to launch a new journal for her dental hygienist colleagues—Dimensions of Dental Hygiene—more than 20 years ago, she knew exactly who she wanted to lead it: Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS. Thus, she set out to woo Pattison, the world-renowned expert on instrumentation from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The process was not easy as Pattison was in high demand as a speaker, educator, and textbook author. However, Kent’s vision of connecting dental hygiene practitioners with top academicians and researchers intrigued her, and Pattison became Dimensions’ first editor in chief.

Pattison spent the first years at Dimensions establishing an Editorial Advisory Board, selecting compelling topics, and identifying authors. Her tireless efforts on the journal helped it become a highly respected, peer-reviewed monthly journal that brings readers the latest in research and patient care. 

After 10 years as editor in chief of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Pattison retired from the journal to focus her efforts on the Pattison Institute, a dental education company that provides online video instruction on periodontal instrumentation. She has had a longlasting impact on the journal, promoting a model of dental hygienists, dentists, educators, and researchers working together to advance the profession of dental hygiene. 

Kent, president of Belmont Business Media and publisher of Dimensions remarked, “Anna was instrumental in the founding of Dimensions. She has made an indelible mark on the journal, as well as the entire profession, and we are deeply grateful for her contributions.”

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. February 2022;20(2):10.

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