Sonicare RDH 2009 Mentor of the Year

Award-winning writer and speaker Toni S. Adams, RDH, MA, combines 26 years of clinical dental hygiene experience with her bachelor and masters degree education in Communication Studies to specialize in communication issues in dentistry. Some of her favorite topics include intercultural communication, nonverbal communication, listening, health literacy, caring for limited English proficient people, and working with interpreters. She has won awards for writing, speaking, scholarship, leadership, and mentorship, including being honored as the 2009 Sonicare RDH Mentor of the Year; has written for various publications; has taught college-level public speaking courses; has presented scholarly papers at communication conventions; and has completed original research into the role of culture in dental hygiene care. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association Journal and, is active in the Sacramento Valley component of CDHA, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi national academic honor society. Toni wrote a series of communication handbooks for dental professionals and is in the process of publishing them. Her interactive courses employ a combination of PowerPoint guided lecture, individual and group activities, handouts, and favors, depending on the context of the event. All programs are tailored to meet the needs of event organizers. Toni welcomes questions and comments. Email her at

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