Introducing Our Newest Guest Geek, Noel Wilford!
Noel Wilford is the professional relations manager for MIS Implants, as well as an active RDH in a private prosthodontic practice. I was lucky enough to sit down with her a few weeks ago and discuss her unique cross between corporate and clinical life. Noel’s warm personality made spending the afternoon with her a great pleasure, and I could only imagine how much her patients must love having her as a hygienist!
Noel on her career:
Originally, I chose hygiene as a professional career because of the patient contact. However, working in a perio office for the majority of my career taught me to truly appreciate the transformation from disease to health. Helping patients manage their oral issues (decay, periodontal disease, implant maintenance, etc.) is very gratifying.
I thought it might be hard balancing a corporate and clinical life, but it hasn’t been (with my trusty BlackBerry®!) “ I believe I have the best of both worlds. Being in a corporate environment keeps me up-to-date with the latest research that helps my patients; being in a clinical setting helps me remember, when I’m back at corporate, that products are ultimately for the patient.
I’m lucky to be at MIS. MIS is a unique company, and it’s very exciting to be in a successful, growing environment. We have a close group out in the field, as well as in the home office. We all make a contribution toward the success of the company.
I’ve always been passionate about oral health. It’s so much more than a pretty smile; it is truly a quality-of-life issue. I have seen people’s health and outlook improve with improved oral health.
Within the next ten years, I think we will continue to see expanded functions for the RDH. There is truly an issue with access to care. The underserved, underinsured group is growing and the demand is great. It has been shown than the RDH can be trained to perform additional services for patients like this.