Linda Maciel, RDH
In late April 2011, Crest Oral-B recognized Linda Maciel of Hudson, N.H., with the brands’ fourth Pros in the Profession award for registered dental hygienists who go above and beyond the call of duty. Throughout her 11 years of practice, Linda has established a screening protocol to detect early signs of oral cancer and has developed a passion for educating members of her community about the many factors that affect oral hygiene.
“I’m honored that Crest Oral-B chose me,” said Linda. “I feel very fortunate to love what I do on a daily basis. Making a difference in patients’ lives is rewarding, and providing the most comprehensive care is a high priority of mine.”
Linda has a strong relationship with each of her patients and considers that to be a key part of her role as an RDH. Her main focus during her patients’ check-ups is screening for oral cancer. Through this process, Linda has caught basal-cell carcinoma and detected early signs of thyroid cancer. Additionally, she has inspired people to quit harmful habits such as chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes. Linda’s sharp eye and attention to detail are appreciated by patients and her colleagues.
“Linda’s oral cancer exam is a signature service to her patients and she regards this service as the most important aspect of her job,” said Dr. Cara Coleman, a dentist at Merrimack Smiles, who nominated Linda for this award. “Her patients and their families appreciate how they benefit from her pursuit of knowledge.”
Linda realizes that oral health goes beyond the dentist’s office so she extends her passion for dental care to the public through education. She frequently works with new mothers, educating them about the importance of good oral hygiene for their children. Linda also volunteers with her office at community events and works to promote having a healthy mouth by discussing the links between periodontal health and systemic concerns.
With this honor, Linda will join previous Pros in the Profession winners Ann Benson, Trudy Meinberg and Mary Lynne Murray-Ryder on a VIP all-expense-paid trip to ADHA’s 88th Annual Session in Nashville. In addition, she will receive a $1,500 monetary prize, a pampering spa experience, an award and recognition at major conferences and in dental trade publications throughout the year, plus an exclusive trip to P&G headquarters!
To learn more about the Pros in the Profession program and winners, please visit www.prosintheprofession.com.