Dimensions Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, with premier sponsor Colgate and supporting sponsors Patterson Dental and PDT Inc, is pleased to announce Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH, as the 2017 recipient of The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, with premier sponsor Colgate and supporting sponsors Patterson Dental and PDT Inc, is pleased to announce Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH, as the 2017 recipient of The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor is presented annually to recognize the distinguished career of a worthy individual who has consistently and effectively contributed to the enrichment of the dental hygiene profession. For nearly 50 years, Ms. Ibsen has promoted oral health, taught dental hygiene students, and provided practitioners with continuing education (CE). She is best known for her highly regarded textbook, Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist, co-authored with Joan Phelan, DDS, which is now in its 7th edition. Ms. Ibsen is an adjunct professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine at New York University, College of Dentistry, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport. She has served in a variety of dental hygiene roles including clinician, change agent, writer, editor, consumer advocate, educator/health promoter, and researcher. “My goal as a professional has been to make a difference in the lives of patients, students, and colleagues. Esther led the way. She was a dear friend, colleague, and mentor,” says Ms. Ibsen. “The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award is an incredible honor. Presenting it to me validates my lifetime of achievements as I follow previous recipients of this award. I hope Esther is smiling, and we know she is dancing!”
Named after its inaugural recipient Esther M. Wilkins, BS, RDH, DMD, The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award was first presented to its namesake in 2010. Subsequent award winners are: Maxine Alper Tishk, RDH, MS; Gail N. Cross-Poline, RDH, MS; Michele Leonardi Darby, BSDH, MS, and Margaret Walsh, RDH, MS, MA, EdD; Juanita S. Wallace, RDH, PhD; JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, and Pamela R. Overman, RDH, MS, EdD. Ms. Ibsen will be honored at an award ceremony on June 16, during the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 94th Annual Session in Jacksonville, Florida. A memorial tribute to honor Dr. Wilkins, who passed away late last year, will immediately precede the award presentation.