Jeniifer Henderson, RDH

Public Health Dental Hygienist
United States

Being a native to Southern Nevada sometimes seems to be a rarity for Las Vegas. For over 21 years I had lived adjacent to Lone Mountain, when it truly was a lone mountain. After spending over 30 years in Las Vegas, a change was due and our family moved to Boulder City. When our two daughters started their elementary education, it was time to head back to college and do something I had always wanted to do… dental hygiene.

In 2011, I graduated with an Associate in Dental Hygiene, then became a licensed Registered Dental Hygienist in the state of Nevada, and then received a Public Health Dental Hygiene Endorsement. While attending the College of Southern Nevada, there was an opportunity to volunteer with Future Smiles. There was such a need in the community that Future Smiles provided. Being able to educate children on how to take care of their oral health, as well as systemic health, and provide them with much needed services is so important and is where my passion lies. The rewards from public health are undeniable. Helping children seems to be the right direction for me and to focus children towards the goal that they can have control over their oral health is extremely rewarding.

When not working as a dental hygienist, I am an active member of the Southern Nevada Dental Hygiene Association and of Sigma Phi Alpha (Dental Hygiene Honor Society). Since education is something that is important, I have continued with bachelors’ classes with the College of Southern Nevada, and plan to graduate in 2014. During free time, our family enjoys the trail system out at Lake Mead, as it is a great place to go for a run or a hike. The trails have been very helpful in my training for half marathons, in which I will hopefully run a sub two hour half-marathon in the near future.