JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, is Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State. She is the Immediate Past President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists and Past President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Dr. Gurenlian maintains a column entitled “Looking Ahead” in RDH magazine, and is the co-author of a textbook “Preventing Medical Emergencies”. She has conducted over 550 presentations and published over 220 papers. She has been active in dental hygiene for over 35 years as a leader, educator, clinician, administrator, researcher, and international speaker.