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Reception Honors Recipient of the Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene—alongside premier sponsor Colgate and supporting sponsors Patterson Dental and PDT Inc—honored Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH, with The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception on June 16.

The 2017 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH (left), and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Editor in Chief Jill Rethman, RDH, BA (right).

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene—alongside premier sponsor Colgate and supporting sponsors Patterson Dental and PDT Inc—honored Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH, with The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception on June 16. The event was held during the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 94th Annual Session in Jacksonville, Florida, with hundreds of meeting attendees present to celebrate Ibsen’s contributions to the enrichment of the dental hygiene profession. Passionate about oral cancer prevention and education, Ibsen is well known for her highly regarded textbook, Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist, co-authored by Joan Phelan, DDS, and now in its 7th edition. Her sphere of influence is vast, as she has provided continuing education courses to thousands of oral health professionals in 30 states, in addition to the District of Columbia, Mexico, and Canada. Ibsen has served in a variety of dental hygiene roles including clinician, change agent, writer, editor, consumer advocate, educator/ health promoter, and researcher. Ibsen is also a member of Dimensions’ Editorial Advisory Board.

Named after its inaugural recipient and inspirational dental hygiene leader Esther M. Wilkins, BS, RDH, DMD, who passed away late last year, The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award was first presented to its namesake in 2010.


From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. July 2017;15(7):12-13.

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