Volunteer Spotlight – Shelley Holyoke, RDH

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AZMOM VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

One more volunteer recognition shout out prior to our upcoming 6th Annual AZ Dental Mission of Mercy event! This yearly event would not happen without all of our outstanding volunteers, and we love being able to recognize so many of you!! We are thrilled that we are only two weeks away from this year’s event, being held on December 8th & 9th, and we are humbled by the hundreds of selfless, generous, loving and gracious individuals that have already registered to volunteer with us this year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks and are truly fortunate to work alongside the very best out there to help our community!

It is an honor to place these nominated individuals in the spotlight, and highlight the recognition they deserve, for going above and beyond in donating their time and talents. We are recognizing Shelley Holyoke, RDH in this issue, one of our incredible dental hygienists who has volunteered for multiple events with us! Thank you, Shelley, for your tireless efforts each year in helping to make our event the success that it is!

There’s still time to SIGN UP for this year’s event, if you haven’t already!! Please visit our registration site at: www.azmom.org and please spread the word to your family and friends who might be interested in helping out as well!! THANK YOU to ALL of our volunteers for ALL that you do to make AZMOM such a success :). We look forward to seeing everyone again this December 8th & 9th 2017 at the AZ Fairgrounds!!! #azmomcares

 

Shelley Holyoke, RDH

1- How many years have you been in dentistry?
  I graduated dental hygiene school from NAU in 2014 and have been a licensed dental hygienist for 3.5 years.

2- Who do you currently work for, and what is your title?  I am a registered dental hygienist and work for two dental offices. I work for Dr. Mettler and Dr. Griego in Peoria, AZ and also for Dr. Alan Noelck and Dr. Forrest Noelck in Goodyear, AZ.

3- How many years have you volunteered with AZMOM?  I have volunteered for two AZMOM events so far and am already registered for this year!

4- Why is AZMOM important to you?  I have a big passion for public health and helping the underserved attain the care they deserve. AZMOM makes that possible for so many every year and I am honored to be a part of such a great organization and look forward to participating each year.

5- Is there a significant memory/patient, from any of the AZMOM events you have participated in, that stands out to you?  I had the opportunity to help a 19yo male patient in my office who has muscular dystrophy and his parents brought him in after years with no dental care due to the other medical conditions that took priority. This boy was wheelchair bound and paralyzed from the neck down with severe breathing problems. I was able to treat his advanced periodontal disease in my office and bring him back for a follow-up. Unfortunately, after home care recommendations and instructions for the parents to help with his hygiene, the infection had returned. With no dental insurance the family could not pay for continued care at what would have been a 1-2 month interval, let alone dental care for themselves. I told them about AZMOM and how it could benefit their family. They showed up to our next event and were all able to receive dental care.

6- What keeps you coming back to volunteer at AZMOM each year?   There are many reasons I come back each year. I volunteer often and I have never participated with such an organized and successful organization. It is truly a well-oiled machine. Also, each year I leave with new friendships within my profession and often see the same faces year after year. But the reason that tops them all is the hugs, thanks, smiles, and appreciation that I receive from every patient that I encounter. It makes the long hours at the end of a long week seem easy and I look forward to the next event the moment the current one is over.

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