Courtney E. Vannah, IPDH, MS, MPH, is a veteran dental hygienist from the Mid-Coast area of Maine. She first developed a love for the field of dentistry at the age of 16 as a dental assistant. Courtney completed her undergraduate degree in dental hygiene and a master’s degree in public health at the University of New England, as well as a master’s degree in dental hygiene at the University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio. After a varied career in many practice areas of dentistry including oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and general practice, she turned her focus to public health as the founding director of the University of New England Children’s Outreach Program. Over the years, she has been involved in various public health initiatives including program planning, evaluation, and direction. She is now a full-time professor at the University of New England.