ADTEP Contract Faculty & Instructor Royann Royer, CDA, RDH, MPH

Royann Royer CDA, RDH, MPH is currently the Founder and Director of Healthy Smiles Forever, a nonprofit organization providing dental treatment for long- term care residents in the Anchorage Alaska area since 2016. Ms. Royer was a faculty member in the dental hygiene program at the University of Alaska Anchorage for over 20 years, and is still active in the program, often serving as a guest speaker or providing CE courses She was employed by Southcentral Foundation on the Alaska Native Medical Center Campus, where she was Founder and Director of the Dental Assisting Program for 25 years. The program became a CODA accredited off-campus site of Salish Kootenai College in Montana.  Ms. Royer has worked in clinical practice her entire career, which she began as a clinical dental assistant. She continues to work clinically as an expanded functions dental hygienist at the long-term care clinics. Ms. Royer has spent many years developing educational resources, such as authoring textbooks, developing videos and currently computer simulation programs, as well as contributing to public health initiatives. She has helped bring dental services and education to a variety of international clinics, including Russia, Mexico and Nepal. Over the span of 20 years, she also served as an Examiner and Chair of several committees for the Western Regional Examining Board.  She is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Dental Hygienists Association, International Federation of Dental Hygienists and Health Volunteers Overseas. Ms. Royer holds a Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University, a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University and an Associate of Dental Hygiene from Clark College; she also studied dental assisting and expanded functions at Spokane Community College. She currently holds DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification and is a registered dental hygienist in Alaska, Oregon and Washington.