Northwest Component

Northwest Component 2020-07-27T19:17:12+00:00

The Northwest Component includes the following counties:

Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Warren, Forest, Clarion, McKean, Elk, Jefferson, Potter, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton and Centre.

Component News and Information


Winter Board of Trustees meeting @ Online
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association will be holding our Winter Board of Trustees meeting online on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 9am-12pm.  For more information, please contact Central Office at

Spring Board of Trustees meeting @ Holiday Inn
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day

The Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association will be holding our Spring Board of Trustees meeting in conjunction with our Leadership Development Retreat at the Holiday Inn Williamsport.  The Retreat will begin on Friday evening April 16, 2021 and continue through Saturday, April 17, 2021.  The Board of Trustees meeting will be held April 17-18, 2021.  For more information, please contact Central Office at

Summer Board of Trustees meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn
Jul 24 – Jul 25 all-day

The Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association will be holding our Summer Board of Trustees meeting in Summer BoT  at the Hilton Garden Inn State College on July 24-25, 2021. For more information, please contact Central Office at

Keystone Dental Health Conference
Oct 14 – Oct 17 all-day

Northwest Component Courses

Dental Implants: Peri-Implantitis and The Lord of the Ring of Bone @ Online
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CEUs: 2
Speaker: Dr. Wayne Harrison

This will count towards your IN-PERSON CE credits since it is a LIVE webinar!

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“Impacting Patient Outcomes and Organizational Performance” @ Holiday Inn
Apr 17 @ 8:00 am

Focus is placed mostly upon developing leaders to grow and sustain healthy
organizations. Developing followership is equally essential to building trust and confidence within the
dental practice and organization.

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Sealant Saturday!

The Northwest Component had a very successful Sealant Saturday event in Meadville. They provided FREE services to 29 patients and placed 209 sealants! We are proud of our dedicated members for volunteering for such a fantastic community and public health service event. Thank you to the dentist, dental hygiene student, EFDA and business staff that joined our hygienists to provide access to preventative care for children in our area.


ADHA Invitation

Symposium on Workforce Models
Dec. 5, 2020 – Online
Last day to register: Nov. 30, 2020

New ergonomic scaler!

Thanks to Premier Dental Co., new members of PDHA are receiving a new ergonomic scaler! Join TODAY, while supplies last.

Northwest Component Newsletter

We want to keep you abreast as to what is happening within our Association with an update from our virtual Board of Trustees Meeting on Saturday 7/25

PDHA Advocacy

PDHA Lobby Day! Legislation is important. It provides a platform for the growth of our scope of practice and a means to protect our license. This is the invisible benefit of membership.

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We’d like to congratulate one of our members, Shannon Kleckner, on being awarded a 2017 Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant! When interviewed about the honor, Shannon says:
“I’m very excited about the grant and the opportunity to deliver oral health care and education in some non-traditional settings in Erie County. Growing Smiles of Erie County is currently involved in delivering mobile, preventive services to the Northwest PA Cleft Palate Institute, educational table clinics, oral hygiene instructions and homecare products to refugees at the Refugee Health Clinics hosted by Erie County Department of Health and the International Institute. I have done several Cavity Free Kids presentations for the nursing staff at ECDH and student-parent groups through Erie Vo-tech. I have some fluoride varnish events planned in the near future with WIC offices throughout Erie County. The dental health clinic at ECDH is open M/W 9-1 and T/Th 1-4. Oral health educational home visits for pregnant women and mothers and lap exams for children under 3 are completed with clients from the Maternal-child health services and Nurse-family partnership programs. All of our clients are provided services at no cost to them. We are continuing to build partnerships throughout the county and look forward to being able to provide more services in the community in 2017!”
Congratulations Shannon, we are proud of all that you’re doing!

SECTOR 1: Karen Omniewski – representing Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence & Venango Counties

SECTOR 2: Tanya Gayley, RDH – representing Warren, Forest, Clarion, McKean, Elk and Jefferson Counties

SECTOR 3: Laura Crawford, RDH, MHS, PHDHP – representing Potter, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton and Centre Counties

Administrative Chair
Beth Peterson, RDH, BS, PHDHP Email:

CE Co-Chairs
Laura Crawford, RDH, MHS, PHDHP (eastern half)  Email:
Marcie Montie, RDH, MBA, PHDHP (western half)  Email:

Membership Chair
Sarah Goard, RDH, BS  Email:

Community Health Co-Chairs
Bridget Motel, RDH, BS (eastern half)  Email:
Beth Peterson, RDH, BS, PHDHP (western half)  Email:

Legislative Chair
Dana Shaffer, RDH, BS, PHDHP Email:

Public Relations Chair
Linda Straub-Bruce, RDH, BSEd, PHDHP  Email:

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REMEMBER to complete your mandatory continuing education requirements before you submit your license renewal form. The current cycle runs from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021.