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2017 IHS National Oral Health Council Clinical Excellence in Dentistry Awards

In a continued effort to encourage and recognize excellent performance by IHS dental program personnel, the Field Advisory Committee [FAC] of the National Oral Health Council [NOHC] announces these awards honoring dental assistants, hygienists, dentists, and a specialist. These 2017 annual award selectees were individuals who have excelled at the provision of Oral Health Care in the past year and they were recognized at the IHS Dental Updates meeting in April:

  • Junior Dental Assistant: Ms. Lesly Gutierrez [California Area]
  • Senior Dental Assistant: Ms. Diane Flannery [Great Plains Area]
  • Junior RD Hygienist: [no selection made]
  • Senior RD Hygienist: Ms. Juanita Simpson [Portland Area]
  • Junior Dentist: Dr. John Walker [Albuquerque Area]
  • Mid-Career Dentist: Dr. Dane Lenaker [Alaska Area]
  • Senior Dentist: Dr. Kevin Zimmerman [Tucson Area]
  • Specialist: [no selection made]

The above awards were selected from the nominations submitted from the National Oral Health Council [made up of the entire IHS/Tribal/Urban Dental Staff] and reviewed and selected by the Awards Workgroup of the Field Advisory Committee of the NOHC.

I wish to offer my gratitude to all of these well-deserved 2017 selectees for your continued outstanding service to our American Indian and Alaska Native patients.


Timothy L. Lozon, D.D.S.
Director, Division of Oral Health

Posted: 11/03/2017