Jana Kay Mannen, RDH, MSDH, works for the McGuire Institute, a clinical research firm, and practices clinical dental hygiene in Houston. Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, she worked as a dental assistant for 21 years. The author of several articles in peer-reviewed dental hygiene journals, Mannen also presents both locally and nationally. Her research interests include geriodontics, periodontics, and ethics in academic and private practice settings. A member of the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Association (GHDHA), Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association (TDHA), American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and Texas Oral Health Coalition, she is also a TDHA trustee for the GHDHA.