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March 6, 2012
Career Corner: RDH eVillage interviews Wendy Bebey, the dental hygienist relations manager for P&G.

Wendy Bebey, RDH

This week, Kristine Hodsdon, director of the RDH eVillage, interviews Wendy Bebey, RDH, BS, who is the Dental Hygienist Relations Manager with P&G Professional Oral Care. RDH eVillage: Tell us a little about your educational background and current position.Bebey: I graduated from Luzerne County Community College with an AAS in dental hygiene in 1992. I already held an associate’s degree in liberal arts, so I felt obligated to continue my education. I worked in private practice full time while pursuing my bachelor’s degree part time.Currently, I hold the position of Dental Hygienist Relations Manager for Procter & Gamble. I began my career with Oral-B 10 years ago as an account manager and was promoted to academic manager. As a result, I have had an amazing career getting to use my education in both dental hygiene and Workforce Education and Development. In my current position, my professional relations work is another example of a dental hygienist being in a job that is the right fit.RDH eVillage: What is your success secret?Bebey: Looking back, I have to give credit to my sister for making me join Key Club when I was a freshman in high school. Getting involved in a community service organization at a young age led to the development of leadership skills including public speaking. It was also that passion for helping people that ultimately pointed me in the career path of dental hygiene. RDH eVillage: How have those qualities helped you excel?Bebey: Dental hygienists face obstacles when it comes to expanding from clinical practice to the corporate environment. My strong background in public speaking is what gave me the edge. RDH eVillage: What’s the biggest issue hygienists face today?Bebey: Finding the right work environment is becoming increasingly challenging. Many hygienists have no choice but to take a job that may not be the right fit. RDH eVillage: What is the best business/career advice you have ever received? Bebey: Stop talking and listen! My first dental sales job was quite a learning experience. I quickly learned that in order to succeed, I had to let the customer do most of the talking. RDH eVillage:How were you hired for your current position? Bebey: I was appointed to my current position. It was a very flattering and humbling experience to be told that a new position had been created and I was the person wanted for the job.RDH eVillage: What are your best life/work balance tips?Bebey: Let’s face it, some of us truly love our work and probably spend more time working because we love what we do. My balancing act has tipped heavily towards the work side for many years. I have made an effort not to turn on my work computer over the weekend and that has definitely helped. I also have to thank my husband for being our social director. He manages our calendar and adds plenty of fun things. My suggestion is that you do make an effort to schedule fun time on your calendar. By placing things on your calendar, you are more likely to do it. RDH eVillage: What is one thing most people do not know about you?Bebey: As a result of having my first mammogram last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, and radiation, I am happy to report that I am cancer free. Or, I cannot name a Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga song.RDH eVillage: What do you do to relax and feel rejuvenated?Bebey: When the weather permits, spending time outdoors makes me feel like a new person. Connecting to the sun and feeling the warmth on my face gives me an automatic high. Sometimes my guilty pleasure is spending a Saturday in my jammies and having a movie marathon in the comfort of my home.RDH eVillage: Do you have a favorite quote?Bebey: The author is unknown, but the quote is, "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option."RDH eVillage: How do you define success?Bebey: To me, success is something that each of us interprets differently. When I look at my life, I have a sense of accomplishment. I have an amazing husband, the best dog (Porter), a great career, supportive family, and the best network of friends. To me, that spells success.Wendy Bebey, RDH, BS, holds the position of Dental Hygienist Relations Manager for North America for Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health. Prior to that position she served as the Professional & Academic Relations Manager for the Northeast region. Wendy has been lecturing as a Procter & Gamble educator for nine years and has passion for representing Crest Oral B science and products to the dental community. Prior to joining P&G, Wendy practiced in both general and perio practice, and held an adjunct faculty position. Wendy can be reached at [email protected].