I graduated hygiene school from Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Florida.
Ms. Cindy Biron was then Chair of the department and was instrumental in my decision to move overseas and work as a dental hygienist abroad.
How it all started – why work abroad?
Many of my teachers and alumni had also lived (or were currently living) in Switzerland when I graduated. So naturally, they piqued our interest with photos and the sharing of their own international experiences as a dental hygienist abroad.
So in 2002, having being completely inspired and after much contemplation, planning and networking, I started my first overseas job. I became an international dental hygienist in Switzerland!
Though I subsequently returned to the U.S. for a time, my experiences and new friendships abroad left a deep impression.
Back in the States
While back stateside, I took every opportunity to share with my students the possibility that they too could work abroad. I really wanted to impress upon them how big of an opportunity it could be for them.
I taught both clinically and didactically in a few schools in the greater Atlanta Georgia area.
While teaching in Atlanta, I was diagnosed with a very serious autoimmune disease. I learned how to manage this condition without pharmaceuticals and regained my health.
When my circumstances improved and allowed me to return to Europe, I gladly accepted. This time in beautiful Germany!
Return to work abroad as a dental hygienist
I chose my career path as a dental hygienist over 20 years ago. I truly believe this was one of the best decisions that I could have made for my life. My decision to work abroad was just the icing on the cake!
I would like to recognize the support I’ve received along the way. Especially to my friend, Ute Buscher, who was by my side in this European journey through thick and thin.
Dental hygienists use their training in preventive medicine to help themselves and their patients enjoy optimal health.
Therefore, I hope this site and the many experiences presented herein inspire other American hygienists.
Be sure to take full advantage of the possibilities to work abroad and to promote total health.
Angela Scott, BASDH
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