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Smiling Pretty ~ Leticia Reyes Receives Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction

Lanterman’s very own Leticia Reyes was one of only eight registered dental hygienists from throughout the United States selected to receive the 11th annual Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.

Nominees are evaluated by judges and chosen based on their dedication and enthusiasm to improve their patients’ lives, their community and their profession. The judges’ summary of what they recognized in Reyes follows: “Leticia Reyes implemented an oral health system that serves persons with developmental disabilities in a social services system. Leticia teaches parents and other dental professionals desensitization techniques for children with behavioral challenges.” As one judge suggested when presenting the awards, this is like applying to Harvard, lots of people get nominated, and only a select few get chosen.

“This was the first time that a dental hygienist working with or at a regional center was nominated for the award. And this recognition ensures greater public awareness of the issues and challenges facing dental care providers working in the field of developmental disabilities,” shares Reyes. “Receiving this award validates the work that all of the recipients are doing in our respective communities.”

The 2012 dental hygiene recipients received their awards in a ceremony at the RDH Under One Roof conference on August 2 in Las Vegas. As part of the award, Reyes received a year’s worth of dental supplies from Sunstar Americas that she will use to provide dental care for Lanterman’s children and adult clients. The dental hygienists selected for the award will also appear on the September 2012 cover of RDH magazine, along with detailed descriptions of the recipients’ dental-related work in a related article.

Reyes concludes, “I firmly believe that the focus that Lanterman Regional Center has placed on oral health and the support I’ve received in trying new and innovative approaches to improving the access to and quality of oral health care for children and adults with developmental disabilities, was a factor in why my efforts were recognized by Sunstar and RDH, and I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the Lanterman community.”

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