Wanda M. Nelson, RDH, MS, NBC-HWC, has practiced as a registered dental hygienist for 40 years and earned her MS in Human Nutrition in 2000. She is a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach having passed a rigorous exam from the NBHWC, and is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, one of the finest programs in collaboration with the Institute of Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic. She is a Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor through Full Body Systems, and most recently a Certificate Holder in Oral Systemic Education.
Her passion for wellness began many years ago when research indicated there was an Oral-Systemic Connection to disease from oral bacteria moving into the body. She is a charter member with the National Network of Healthcare Hygienists as an educator of the various ways the oral microbiome can affect body systems. She is a Past President of the ADHA.org -Connecticut Constituent, (2002-2004) and was a dental technician with the 157th USAF Clinic, New Hampshire Air National Guard. (1981-1991).
Wanda is also a staunch advocate of the Dental Therapist, a midlevel dental hygiene practitioner that increases access to care in the Public Health sector. She is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health.
She made a priority to be a Board Certified Mental Health Coach from Light University, a Christ led coaching program drawing on biblical principles in all aspects of health.
Putting it all together for Wanna Smile Wellness Health Coaching Services
Oral health, Functional Medicine principles, and Nutrition therapy incorporates the best in Functional, Integrated and Allopathic medicine to get to the root cause of disease. She can work with individuals, groups, or your physician directly to help you move forward the way you choose to proceed.
On a deeply personal level, she is a born-again Christian surviving 20 years of personal experience with Narcissistic Personality Disorder with a common morbidity of alcoholism. She is here to support women (or men) identifying with an emotionally abusive person close to you, and develop the resilience that is top priority getting back to who you used to be and even better, stronger, regaining self-esteem, confidence, and the peace that surpasses all understanding. Let's work together and get you healthier, faster.
Wanna Smile Mission Statement
Wanna Smile's goals are to align with Judeo-Christian principles and values that guide the highest degree of health and wellness possible for an individual or group.
Wanna Smile Vision Statement
Promoting natural wholesomeness, purpose, and prosperity.
FORTY years as a practicing registered dental hygienist! The plan is moving forward into the Functional Medicine Health Coach space. I am a nerdy hygienist who has found my purpose in this life and have loved dental hygiene since the beginning... I am one of the fortunate people doing something I truly love.
One day, my sisters Susan, Denise, and I, were talking about health care. I was expressing my frustration about hygiene and why there's no autonomy. There are no benefits in most private practices. Dentists tend to keep hygienists in part-time because they will not be obligated to give customary benefits. I have heard it stated by one particular dentist to me directly, 'Hygienists make too much money'. I'm sorry, we earn every single penny! It is considered one of the most hazardous jobs in the world, especially during Covid.
The American Dental Association regulates the Dental Hygiene profession. This is not the case with the nursing profession, nurses have their own regulatory board. True, they were once regulated by the American Medical Association. When the APRN was introduced, this was, in fact, disputed by physicians. Today, physicians cannot be without APRN. You do not see hairstylists, nail technicians, or aestheticians regulated by dermatologists, nor massage therapists or personal trainers regulated by chiropractors or physical therapists.
Hygienists are professionals with licenses and if you ask any hygienist, you will learn just how difficult it is to get into any hygiene program and even harder to get out. I am delighted to know that after 15 years of seeking the next step in our career ladder, CT has finally passed the Dental Therapist, a master's level of care that will help with the Medicaid/Husky public health patients that the majority of dentists do not embrace treatment at minimal reimbursement. (It needs to be implemented asap) It is a great step in the right direction. Personally, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, I would love to see hygienists have the option to work independently. Three cheers for Colorado and Maine where independent practice is LEGAL. Let's allow access to prophylaxis (prevention) appointments as directly as possible and stop the nonsense of big money going to drug companies.
The other aspect of my story: I also had the unfortunate (perhaps fortunate?) opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like to be married to a guy with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and alcoholism. I recognized the alcohol abuse but ignored the signs and symptoms. Love does that, would you agree? But I definitely did NOT recognize the NPD and how it impacted everything. It certainly was a complex-PTSD state of mind, and have learned more vocabulary words: gaslighting, flying monkeys, golden child, grandiose and vulnerable, malignant, with several more on a spectrum. Today, I can see grandiose NPD a mile away. Starting over at 55 with your self-esteem in the gutter is an overwhelmimg challenge .
This is how "Wanna Smile" was born. It was my sisters idea to name my imaginary independent dental hygiene practice "Wanna Smile" because "Wanna" is my nickname, the "Smile" part is obvious. Since I will probably never see independent dental hygiene practice become a reality in my lifetime, "Wanna Smile Wellness" landed here at the doorstep of Health and Wellness Coaching.
National Network of Healthcare Hygienists: Oral-Systemic Educator Program; Certificate Holder in Oral Systemic Education, Aug 8, 2023
Jamie Dooley, RDH, Certiﬁed Life Coach, NNHH Executive Director
Supplement Specialist Certification, Designs for Health, January 25, 2023
Connecticut Life, Health, Accident, and Sickness Insurance Licensing Exam, January 19, 2023; Licensed February 2023
*National Board Certiﬁcation-Health and Wellness Coach, May 2022
Board of Mental Health Coaching Certification, Light University, Tim Clinton, EdD LPC, MFT #961 Dec 15, 2021
Periodontal Laser Therapy Certification; Epic Hygiene Training Course, Laser Physics, Safety,
Regulations and Applications of Diode Lasers in Dental Practice Nov. 7, 2021
Certiﬁed Functional Nutrition Counselor Functional Nutrition Lab-Full Body Systems, Andrea Nakayama, FLP, MSN, CNC, CNE, CHHC Jan. 2021-Sept. 2021
Certiﬁcate of Completion doTerra Essential Oils Specialist, Emily Wright, Founding Executive, Dec 14, 2021
Detox and Toxicity Specialist Certification, Dr. Daniel Pompa and Warren Phillip, Health Centers of the Future, June 2021
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Certiﬁed Personal Training (for insight into exercise science and physical therapy) Oct. 30, 2021
*Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Functional Medicine Certiﬁed Health Coach (FMCHC) PSA July 1, 2019
CEO Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum & Elise Wagner, Sept 2018-Aug 2019
Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certiﬁed Dental Assistant, Cert. #194195, 1985 expired, retake 2007, expired 2010
Master of Science Human Nutrition, University of New Haven, 2000
Baccalaureate Degree Dental Hygiene, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, May 1989
Emergency Medical Technician, University of New Hampshire, 1986-1988
Associate in Science Dental Hygiene, New Hampshire Technical Institute, May 1985
CPR American Heart Association 1981-current
Premier Dental of Connecticut 2 Stony Hill Road Bethel, CT 06801 Full-time Clinical Periodontal Therapist, Diode Laser Therapy, Certiﬁed 2021
Local Anesthesia Certiﬁcation Stony Brook and University of Bridgeport 2005, Continuing Education: CPR current, HIPAA, OSHA, Infection Control,
Waste Management, Cultural Competency, Covid, Active Shooter Training, HIPAA, many more up to date Sept. 20, 2021-present
Gary Westerman, DMD 1063 Main St. Southbury, CT 06488 Clinical Hygienist Part-time general private practice Aug 2017-April 2021
Briarwood College, Mt. Vernon Road Southington, CT 06489 Clinic Coordinator for newly accredited Dental Hygiene Program development
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) scheduling students internships; Didactic Head and Neck Anatomy, Local Anesthesia Administration,
Clinical and Lab instruction, securing contracts with pubic health sites, developing Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Society Awards and corporation awards program,
inventory, advising, committee work, library text selection, many other duties Aug 2006-Aug 2009
New York University College of Dentistry 345 East 24th St. New York City, NY 10010 Clinical Assistant Professor F/T contract, Pain Management
Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Administration didactic, Clinical, Radiology Lab Instructor, secured supervision of students clinical rotations
Cheryl Westphal-Thiel, RDH, Ed.D, Dean Aug. 2005-Aug 2007
HealthPro Stafﬁng 3691 Old Yorktown Rd Suite 202 Shrub Oak, NY 10588 Temporary Dental Hygiene Professional Placement Agency 2016-2020
University of Bridgeport Fones School of Dental Hygiene 60 Lafayette Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 Marcia Lorentzen, RDH, MEd, EdD Dean,
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Clinical chair side instructor, Radiology Lab instruction, Contracts varied per semesters, Sept. 2011-December 2013, 1989, 2003-2004
North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners 8484 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20901 (updated name: The Commission on Dental Competency
Assessments CDCA ) Consultant/Examiner for clinical hygiene boards April 2003-Nov. 2007
University of New Haven Dental Center 300 Boston Post Road West Haven, CT 06516 Sandra Palumbo, RDH, MSEd, Director, Instructor for
Community and Dental Public Dental Education, Targeting Speciﬁc Audiences in community/school locations, New Haven area August 2003-May 2004
Head Start Advisory Committee Member, state of Children’s Dental Health, brushing program for pre-school, Danbury, CT School year 2002-2003
Dental Associates of CT, PC 36 Padanaram Road Danbury, CT 06810 Clinical Dental Hygienist April 1995-Feb 2004
Stephen Silston, DDS and Nicholas Cucharale, DMD Periodontal Specialists 2 Stony Hill Road Bethel, CT Clinical Dental Hygienist Sept 1989-August 1991
Belknap Dental Associates 40 Chestnut St. Dover, New Hampshire 03820 , Robert Chaikin, DDS Director, Clinical Dental Hygienist Sept 1985-Aug 1989
New Hampshire Air National Guard , 157th USAF Clinic, Pease AFB, NH 03803 , Col. Leonard F. Nolan, DMD Clinic Commander, Dental Technician 98170,
Medic, Activated during State Mental Health Institution in New Hampshire when staﬀ went on strike, EMT training (1985-1987) Dental Forensics,
weekend Unit Training Assemblies, Active duty training, Ambulance for annual Air Shows, E-5 Staﬀ Sergeant, DD214 Honorable Discharge, Jan 1981-Jan 1991
Connecticut Insurance License: Life, Health, Accident and Sickness February 2023
Connecticut Dental Hygiene Lic# 004619 (active since 1989)
New York Dental Hygiene Lic# 018979-1 (Sept 1989 and expired April 2022)
New Hampshire Dental Hygiene Lic# 03028 (1985, currently inactive status)
Mabel C. McCarthy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dental Hygiene American Dental Hygienists’ Association-Connecticut November 2012
General William F. Croskery Award 157th USAF Clinic, New Hampshire Air National Guard, Pease AFB, NH, 1988
Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, Member Bridgeport Gamma Chapter Faculty of NHTI DH program Concord, NH May 1985
Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges Faculty of New Hampshire Technical InstituteI Dental Hygiene Program,
Functional Medicine Coaching Academy Alumni Member July 2022
American Dental Hygienists’ Association-Connecticut since 1983-current, -President State of CT Constitute 2002-2004, Dental Practice Act Update 2003-2005,
Website Manager, HYlite Newsletter Editor, Membership and Public Relations Chair, Danbury, CT Component President, Delegate and Alternate
Delegate 2002-2004, American Academy Oral Systemic Health, 2021-current, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, 2017-current
Health Practitioner 1 NutraMetrix Corporation, Nutraceuticals, American Dental Education Association, 2005-2014, Connecticut Dental Identiﬁcation
Response Team (DIRT), Society of Forensic Odontology, 2001-2009
Nutrition and Inﬂammation Danbury CT Component Meeting, 2 CEUs DDHA March 2016
Pain Management Calibration NYUCD DH Faculty Professional Development Day October 2007
Nutrition and the Periodontium, Greater NY Dental Meeting Lunch and Learn, November 2006
Osteoporosis and the Perio Connection, Feb-June 2004
Christel Autuori, RDH, MA, NBC-HWC, Duke Trained Health and Wellness Coach, Integrated Medicine, Certiﬁed Health Coach, RYT,
Director Dept of Health Promotion and Exercise Western CT State University firstname.lastname@example.org 203-788-0647
Colonel Leonard Nolan, DMD, 157th USAF Clinic, Pease AFB, NH, North Venice, Florida 24375 LennyNoan@comcast.com 239-580-1919
Albert Natelli, DMD Southington Dental Associates, Director of United Dental Resources (long tern care)
Adjunct Professor University of Connecticut Dental School, Connecticut State Dental Association Past President, 31 Liberty St. Suite 311 Southington, CT 06489
Nina Bhatti, DMD 203-300-2714 Premier Dental of CT
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