My name is Kristin Evans, and I am excited to rub shoulders, gain insight and learn powerful tools from all of you DeW women. I would love to get to know as many of you as possible in the future, but for now, I have been asked to share my story.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Idaho State University and have been a clinical Dental Hygienist in Boise, Idaho for over 30 years. This career has been an amazing blessing for both my sweet family and me. I feel blessed to have been “inspired” to be a Dental Hygienist at a junior high job fair. From then on, I was determined to be a Hygienist, or if that didn’t work out, I would be a nutritionist. It truly is wonderful that I get to use both of these in my career as a clinician, speaker, and writer. I love educating and providing health services to my patients and feel blessed to work with amazing team members and patients.
In 2017, I had an opportunity to hear both Dr. Uche and Dr. Brian Novy speak at dental meetings. I am a big proponent of continuing education and have been blessed to have supportive employers that are also. Continuing education has literally changed my life, and I am so grateful for speakers that have provided information and education that has improved not only my life but those I continue to educate.
First, I changed my eating habits and exercise routine after listening to Dr. Uche. This has led me on a path of integrative health and a passion for bridging the gap between mental, physical, and oral health. Then there came Dr. Novy, who introduced me to the power of baking soda and its ability to neutralize oral pH. This led me to recommend baking soda to most of my patients, and several of them asked me if Arm & Hammer toothpaste was okay to use. At the time, I didn’t know anything about Arm & Hammer toothpaste, so I would not recommend it to patients until I knew more about it.
In 2019, my youngest of three children and my only daughter left for college. I was very content with life and didn’t feel like this new stage in my life would be a hard transition. Boy, was I wrong. Unfortunately, I was also right in the middle of being premenopausal, so with unbalanced hormones and the empty void of no children at home, I began to struggle with anxiety and depression. I had never felt like this before. I had thoughts about what my future looked like, but it was not quite clear enough for me to see down that road. I had struggled with worsening back and neck pain from just a few days of hygiene and had been getting increased signs of auto-immune issues, so more clinical hygiene days were really not the future I was looking for. I prayed a lot for help and guidance.
In September of 2019, a few weeks after my daughter had left home, I was given the opportunity to attend the ADA Smilecon convention in San Francisco with my dental team. I was excited about the education courses and getting away for some fun, but my main goal was to meet Arm & Hammer and learn about their toothpaste. Little did I know this was the beginning of a new career path that would lead me to where I am today. Ten days after meeting Arm & Hammer Professional Educators at the ADA meeting, I became one of a very small group of Arm & Hammer Professional Educators. Since then, I have been able to meet and educate hundreds of dental professionals at offices, schools, and dental conventions. This has been one of many gifts from God that I have had while moving along this new career path.
Unfortunately, Covid provided some hiccups. However, by 2021, with encouragement from many of my peers and family, I decided to expand my educational speaking to a larger audience by creating my own continuing education presentations focusing on bridging the gap between mental, physical, and oral health.
I have been blessed with amazing mentors that have provided help in this endeavor. Brandi Hooker Evans, whom I met over eight years ago, has been a very bright spot in my life and a lifeline for me, especially this last year. I have also been blessed to have been introduced to Jackie Sanders of RDH Magazine. With Jackie’s encouragement to begin writing, I was published in Dentistryiq.com and in RDH Magazine’s June issue – highlighting my passion and mission for bridging the gap between mental, physical, and oral health. I have also recently found my new sisterhood to Lori Bulloch, who continues to calm my fears, heal my heart and body and give me encouragement as I move forward on this new path. I owe so many people for their help, encouragement, and kindness, which now have afforded me the opportunity to be a presenter. They are helping me reach my professional goals of educating dental and medical professionals.
I am so blessed to be a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, dental hygienist, educator/speaker, writer, and now DeW member. The biggest blessing of 2022 has been my first grandson Wells. My heart is complete and full of love for this precious child. Of course, he is the cutest baby ever (I know every grandmother says that).
I love many things, like dark chocolate, but I especially love books with happy endings. Even with many trials and the continual ups and downs of life, I hope my story ends that way also.
I can be reached by email at Kristinevansrdh@gmail.com, on Instagram and Linkedin @ Kristinevansrdh
For anyone interested in my articles, they are linked on my Linkedin account or by going to Google search Kristin Evans RDH with Dentistryiq.com and RDH Magazine.