Originally from California, I started working in dental offices at age 16 learning all aspects of dentistry including dental assisting and office management. Then I decided to attend college to become a dental hygienist.
I attended Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, earning a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1983. I graduated with honors and won the award from the California Society of Periodontists for having the most Knowledge, Skill, and Proficiency in Dental Hygiene during my course of study.
I’ve been practicing clinical Dental Hygiene full time since 1983, and for the past 26 years in Santa Fe. I’ve been a proud member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for 31 years.
I’ve always believed in volunteerism and giving back, and have been active in my local component and state association, serving as the Northern Trustee for the New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Association for 12 years (1988-2001).
I’ve taught oral hygiene in schools during National Children’s Dental Health Month, done oral exams at health fairs, have applied sealants to children’s teeth through the State of New Mexico Health Department, and have mentored dental hygiene students.
Since 2007, I’ve been the dental hygienist on the Cleft Lip and Palate Team for the New Mexico Children’s Medical Services.
I’ve been married to my husband, Dan, for 37 years, have a grown step-son, Sean, who also lives in Santa Fe, and I have 3 geriatric cats. I’m very active in my church, Community of Christ, and have been Pastor of the Santa Fe congregation for 12 years.
I love nature, classic films, and riding trains. I travel regularly by train to Pennsylvania to care for an Aunt who is in a nursing home there. I collect fashion dolls and vintage costume jewelry, and my favorite hobby is to search for vintage treasures in thrift stores, antique shops, and at yard sales.
Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life.
~ Jeanne Calment