Northwest Component 2019-03-07T15:35:45+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


Sealant Saturday!
Hello from Penn College!
Saturday, March 2, our SADHA organization, community volunteers and PCT faculty participated in Sealant Saturday. Our students placed 184 sealants, provided fluoride varnish treatments and oral hygiene instructions and supplies to all participants!

The Northwest Component had a very successful Sealant Saturday event in Meadville on February 2, 2019. 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.


HCO 1369

We are asking for your support of HCO 1369. This piece of legislation is being put forth by Representative Mindy Fee and Representative Joanna E. McClinton with eleven other co-sponsors regarding the expansion of the PHDHP into school settings to provide screenings. Please locate and contact your Representatives at: and encourage them to join Rep. Fee and Rep. McClinton by becoming a co-sponsor. This is a bi-partisan effort which also has the support of the PDA and the AGD.

Put Your Purple On! 

Have you heard the news? ADHA has partnered with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) to bring you the Put Your Purple On! campaign! We’re joining CDHA in observing April as Oral Health Month and celebrating National Dental Hygienists Week April 6-12. 

PDHA Advocacy/Rally Day 2019

The PDHA Advocacy/Rally Day 2019 in Harrisburg has been postponed until September. Please be advised, due to scheduling changes dates discussed for May 21st and June 4th are no longer being considered. Please check back later for further information – new date, time, meeting place.


Radiation Update – Proper Training and Protection | 2 CEUs @ Deer Creek Winery
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Sarah Goard, RDH, BS

CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR THE ENTIRE DENTAL TEAM:  * Two contact hours of radiation continuing education are required every 4 years by the PA Department of Environmental Protection for all persons who expose radiographs and the owners of x-ray equipment.



Northwest Component Courses

Two day Spring CE event @ Ambassador Center
May 17 – May 18 all-day

The Northwest Component will be hosting our two day Spring CE event. Details forthcoming.

Continuing Education for the entire dental team | 10.0 CEUs Available – 3 Courses Offered @ Ambassador Center
May 17 @ 8:00 am – May 18 @ 3:00 pm

Course #1: “Local Anesthesia – Mythbusters Edition!” 6 Common Myths Explained
to Make Your Local Anesthetic Techniques More Successful 3.0 CEUs
Speaker: Jason H. Goodchild, DMD

Course #2: “What’s In Your Emergency Kit and Why?” Preparing the Entire Dental
Team to Manage Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 2.0 CEUs
Speaker: Jason H. Goodchild, DMD

Course #3: “Oral Disease: Are We Watching A Silent Killer?” 5.0 CEUs
Speaker: Lisandra Maisonet RDH, BS, PHDHP, EFDA, CDA

Information / Registration

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: Sarah Goard, RDH, BS – 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, 2017 to March 31, 2019.