Pacific University’s School of Dental Hygiene Studies will participate in a pilot project to help determine the feasibility of adding a dental therapist to a patient’s dental care team. Dental therapists can perform many of the preventive treatments of a dental hygienist and some of the procedures a dentist provides, but do not hold doctorates in dentistry.
Lisa J. Rowley, CDA, RDH, MS
Lisa joined Pacific University as founding program director for the School of Dental Hygiene Studies in July 2005, after serving as a consultant for the developing dental hygiene program during the prior year. Lisa stepped down as program director in August 2018 and continues to serve as a faculty member with the School.
Lisa has more than 25 years experience in dental hygiene and dental assisting education, having worked in both in teaching and program administration. Her areas of expertise and interest include organizational management and professional advocacy.
Lisa is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association and has served as a delegate to both associations at the national level. She has held numerous leadership positions on both the state and local level with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Lisa currently serves as Advocacy Director for the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Lisa is a member of Sigma Phi Alpha, the national dental hygiene honor society, holding alumni membership in the Chi Chi Eta chapter, faculty membership in the Beta Beta Chi chapter and charter membership in the Delta Delta Xi chapter. In 2017 Lisa received the Lynn Ironside Access to Care Award from the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association. In 2018 she received the Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
MS in Organizational Management, College Misericordia, 1995
MS in Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, 1982
BS in Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, 1980
AAS in Dental Hygiene, Bergen Community College, 1978