She is also the director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies
and an adjunct faculty member at Western Connecticut State University. Christel has been honored with numerous awards and is the
recipient of the Forsyth/MCPHS Esther Wilkins Distinguished Alumni
Award in 2008, and the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction in 2011.
She is a member of a number of professional dental hygiene and
Christel enjoys helping others and has volunteered with Cape
CARES, a nonprofit organization based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
She has led teams of dental and medical professionals on mission
trips to the mountains of Honduras to provide care where there are
no doctors or dentists.
In addition to delivering direct patient care, she has developed
programs of oral and general health education for elementary schools
and the entire community. Christel feels it’s her calling to share her
knowledge with others to promote healthy lifestyles. Her presentations
reflect her enthusiasm as she presents programs that speak from her
heart while allowing participants to smile, laugh, and even enjoy
As a life-long learner, Christel wants to learn as much as she can
about health and wellness, including learning more about reflexology,
acupuncture, and other healing modalities. She describes herself as
enthusiastic, positive, and compassionate. She has been a continuous
member of ADHA since her graduation from Forsyth and is concerned
about the declining enrollment in the ADHA and the apparent apathy
about membership displayed by many hygienists. She believes that
there is strength in numbers and says that hygienists who are not
members are being short-sighted by not recognizing the benefits of
membership. Without strong membership, she thinks hygienists
could lose control of the profession’s future.
Christel was drawn to dental hygiene because of the profession’s
ability to help others and work with many different people, not only
dental team members but a variety of patients. She has enjoyed the
flexibility of working in different practices, participating in research
projects, and teaching in clinical settings. She appreciates delivering
direct patient care while helping others enjoy good oral and systemic
health. Christel is proud of her contributions to the underserved,
whether as a participant in the Forsyth Project, volunteering with
the Connecticut Mission of Mercy, or with Cape CARES.
She would not have done anything differently in her career since
she has enjoyed all aspects of her experiences. Dental hygiene’s focus
on prevention of oral disease and motivating patients to take responsibility for their health is most gratifying for her. Her career as an integrative health coach, consultant, and educator is a natural progression from dental hygiene. Participating in any of Christel’s presentations
allows participants to learn to “nurture wellness from within.” For
more information about Christel or her programs, contact Chris-
email@example.com or visit integrativehealthct.com.
Thought for the month: Gratitude can transform common days
into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary
opportunities into blessings. —William Arthur Ward
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