Christine Nielsen Nathe, RDH, MS, associate professor and Graduate Program Director in the Division of Dental Hygiene within the University of New Mexico Department of Surgery, recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC).  The OACC Distinguished Alumnus award is given to graduates of Ohio community or technical colleges who have contributed to the improvement of the state and their community through achievements, leadership and service.

            Since graduating from the Dental Hygiene program at Rhodes State College in 1986, Nathe pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and Health Education at The Ohio State University and her Master of Science at Old Dominion University in Virginia.  Nathe has received many awards throughout her career including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Rhodes State College and Old Dominion University, School of Dental Hygiene. 

            Nathe has published numerous articles in dental hygiene venues and speaks worldwide on dental public health issues.  Her research and experience in dental health issues has been recorded in her book, Dental Public Health: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist, and has been used throughout the world to educate hygienists on the science and practice of dental public health. 

            Additionally, Nathe serves as editor for five national dental hygiene publications and is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, International Federation of Dental Hygienists, and American Dental Education Association.

      


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