President's Message

Thank you for visiting our website!

  WDHS is proud to celebrate its 46th year as a professional minority dental hygiene organization, we 

are an component of the National Dental Dental Hygienists' Association (NDHA) since our inception in the fall of 1972.  

  We hope you find our website insightful, informative and enlightening.  This is a very exciting time for this great organization.  

As we grow and expand our reach we are always happy to include members in leadership roles; so, If you are passionate about your profession, have any computer skills, public health education, organizational skill, operate a PA161 agency, 

want to write an article for the Newsletter, or wish to become involved in a committee; we would love to hear from you.

  Please consider becoming active, together we will raise awareness, make a difference and leave a legacy of excellence.

 Barbara Thompson, RDH, BS, President

About Us

WOLVERINE DENTAL HYGIENISTS' SOCIETY (WDHS) began as the "Ebony Dental Hygienists" in the Fall of 1972 in the living room of Albreta Merritt with Deborah Leitner (Carter) and Sandra Gresham (Scott). Our mission was to search for other minority dental hygienists in Detroit and surrounding area to collaborate and develop an official organization.  After a few months, we had recruited Mary Hawkins, Louise Eagan, Gloria Page and Janice Selman (Counts). We began informal meeting to discuss job opportunities, working conditions, and strategized on how to increase the number of minority dental hygienist to serve our communities.  Albreta, Sandy and Deborah attended the 1972 Detroit District Dental Society meeting and met up with Dr. Fred Cuthrell who suggested that we re-name our group the Wolverine Dental Hygienists' Society to align with the Wolverine Dental Society. And....the rest is history! Many of the WDHS leaders became leaders with NDHA including: Albreta Merritt, Mary Hawkins, Barbara Purifoy (Seldon), Darchelle Strickland (Love), Diane Lane (Scott), Juana Gissendanner, Gail Woodson (Stamps) and Barbara Beaty (Thompson).  Our Mission has changed over the years but we are dedicated to the mission of seeking and earnestly encouraging minority persons to enter the profession and give positive support to their endeavors. It is my honor to be a member of this organization!

Barbara Thompson, RDH, BS



Our Hygienists are among the most talented in the industry. It is our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.  Thinking about becoming a member, becoming active? Join us every 2nd Sunday from March thur November

Barbara Thompson, RDH, BS

Frances Adams RDH


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Jennifer Sherman, RDH 

Keisha Parks, RDH