Through a grant from the KDHE Bureau of Oral Health, Oral Health Kansas contracts with dental hygienists to provide oral health education to parents of children and youth with special health care needs in all regions of the state. They also provide workshops and consultation to health care professionals and therapists working in schools, clinics and residental programs. Educational programs address oral health screenings, daily oral hygiene care, nutrition and eating habits, medication effect on oral health and successful dental appointments.
For more information please contact Marcia Manter, OHK's Community Development Specialist.
Lisa graduated from Wichita State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She has worked private practice for the last 8 years in Wichita. In 2008 Lisa obtained her Extended Care Permit (ECP) in 2008, and has been working with Oral Health Kansas since 2008.
Jackie graduated from UMKC in 2000 with a BS in dental hygiene. She has worked the past 10 years in Topeka for a general dentist. Currently Jackie is president of the Kansas Dental Hygiene Association, and she has recently been selected by Special Olympics to become the dental director for Kansas, as well as go to the training session for the National Special Olympics meet. Jackie is involved in Special Olympics and has refereed the state Special Olympic bocce ball tournament the last 4 years. She has also helped her son put a team together. Jackie is married and has 3 children, 2 boys; Lance 18, Jacob 16 and a daughter Laramie 13.
Patty has been involved in the dental professional for the past 25 years. She is a registered dental hygienist and holds an extended care permit with the state of Kansas. Her work experience has included clinical practice in both general and periodontal dentistry. In addition to her work in private practice, she has been involved with community dental health and clinical dental hygiene instruction. She discovered her passion for community health while leading dental hygiene student based programs in affiliation with UMKC School of Dentistry. This led to her connection with Oral Health Kansas and her current position as the Northeast Kansas Regional Children with Special Health Care Needs parent oral health educator. Additionally, her interest in research on health and nutrition has given her the opportunity to write a bi-monthly health feature article for a regionally based, nationally circulated magazine: LO-Profile.
Her hobbies include golf, gardening and spending time with her husband and 2 sons.
Kathy Thompson is a mother of 4, two of which are 9-year old twins. Kathy has been a hygienist for 35 years in clinical practice; she has a BS in Human Resource Management.
Kathy’s husband is an architect/environmentalist. Her interests include; piano, music, reading about health research, volunteering in her church, all sports, fitness, and she loves learning new things.
Kathy Trilli graduated from Sheridan College in Wyoming with an Associate Degree, and moved to Texas where she practiced Dental Hygiene for 25 years before moving to Kansas in 2002.
Her husband, Vic Trilli, was a basketball coach in Texas at 4 different colleges, and now is Athletic Director at Newman University.
Kathy has enjoyed a wonderful and varied dental hygiene career with 2 yrs in a Perio Practice, 8 yrs in teaching Dental Hygiene, and 20 years in a family dental practice setting. In order to teach dental hygiene she received a BS degree from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, TX.
While in Kansas, Ms Trilli has enjoyed serving on the KMOM planning committees for Garden City and Kansas City. Currently she is working as a regional parent educator for children with special health care needs with Oral Health Kansas. As a member of KDHA, Kathy is serving on the membership committee. She also works part time at Park City Dental and has just recently moved to Wichita, KS.
Her greatest joy is spending time with her husband and four children: Shannon, Leah, Jon and Ryan.
Pamela Younger grew up in a military family and lived in Nebraska, Missouri, Delaware and Arkansas. When her father, MSGT Buddy Byler retired from the Air Force, their family, mother Pat, Brother Brad and Sisters Becky and Bridget moved to Webb City, Missouri. After graduating as an honor student from Webb City High School, she attended Missouri Southern State University as an elementary education major. At this time she became interested in dentistry and enrolled in a dental assisting program at MSSU. After completion, she received her CDA and worked as a chair-side dental assistant for several years in a general practice. Returning to MSSU she received an A.S. in Dental Hygiene.
She graduated at the top of her class and received the Friend Golden Scaler Award for clinical excellence. Pam worked as a clinical dental hygienist for several Joplin, Missouri dentists. During that time there was always a yearning to help those people who were in great need dentally, but were unable to receive care because of access to care or monetary issues. Finally, in 2003 the dream to help the underserved came true as she began working with the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. It began small, a one room dental office located in a church, but since then the organization has grown exponentially. Pam thanks the Good Lord everyday for the opportunity He has given her to help the "Least of These" receive desperately needed oral health care. After receiving her Extended Care Permit II, she works primarily as an outreach dental hygienist for CHC SEK providing oral screening, ECP dental hygiene, fluoride varnish applications, and oral health education at schools, extended care living facilities, preschools, day cares and Head Start centers. She is a OHK parent educator for children with special health care needs, and is a member of the Missouri Southern State University Dental Hygiene Advisory Board and the ADHA.
Pam and her Husband Don have four children; Tisha, her husband Jason and grand children Isaiah and Marissa of Springdale AR, Eric and his wife Deanna of Oronogo, MO, Seth of Joplin, MO, and Desiree' Webb City, MO. Pam enjoys traveling, church activities, movies, reading, her friends and playing with her two dogs.