Visiting Dental Hygiene, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), mobile dental hygiene program comprised of Public Health Dental Hygienists. This company is focused on providing preventive oral health care services in homeless shelters, nursing homes, schools, and other nontraditional settings. In 2013, Emma Lawson had a vision to bring oral health care to those in underserved populations. These services include dental screenings, oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene instructions, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and dental referrals.
The goal of the VDH, Inc team is to make dentistry as comfortable and compassionate as it can possibly be. They also strive to build trusting relationships with each person in their care. With this philosophy in mind, they can provide their patients with exceptional dental care and enhance their overall quality of life. Education is a key component to our services. The dental education which we provide to each patient helps them to understand the link between good oral health and whole body health.
As a Mass Health provider we are able to direct bill for those patients with Mass health insurance. We are also able to accept private pay for patients without Mass Health. Many uninsured patients are provided with preventive dental hygiene care every week by Visiting Dental Hygiene, Inc. VDH, Inc provides care to a diversity of facilities and a broad geographic area, which sets us apart from all other public health dental hygiene practices.
Emma has been working as a dental hygienist in private practice for over twenty years. After graduating from the Dental Hygiene program at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH in 1991 she grew to become a hygienist who always strives to learn about what is new in the dental hygiene field. Emma founded Visiting Dental Hygiene, Inc in 2013 and has loved working in public health since the beginning. She received her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene from Mount Ida College in 2018. Emma is a member of the Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children skiing, boating and being active.
Maryellen started her dental career as a result of her childhood hygienist.
"Growing up we had the best hygienist and she instilled the love of dentistry in me."She graduated from Middlesex Community College in 1984 and went into private practice. She has been loving dental hygiene ever since, working in various capacities. She started working with Visiting Dental Hygiene four years ago and amongst all her jobs, public health is her favorite. She is the proud mom of two children and her grand dog, Blake. She enjoys cooking, refinishing furniture and reading, but most of all, relaxing at the beach.
Layla graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA in 2009. She worked for the same private practice for eight years before she moved into the public health field. Layla loves being able to help people who have limited access to preventive dental care and finds it very rewarding. Layla enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys wood working, gardening, and her sweet dog Ruby.
Michaela has been working as a full time dental hygienist since 2013. She graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene Science concentrated in Forensic Science in 2013; she then continued on to graduate with her Master’s in Public Health in 2016 from the University of Bridgeport. Michaela’s spare time is spent with her husband Robert, their three kids, and the family dog Dexter. They spend their weekends going to cheerleading, hockey, soccer, and Irish step events. Michaela loves being a dental hygienist because she enjoys getting to know generations of families while improving their overall health and confidence in their smiles. It’s important for her patients to know that she learns just as much from them as they do from her, and she wouldn’t want it any other way!
Carol graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA in 1994. She has been working in private practice for the past 25 years and is one of the most recent recruits to our Visiting Dental Hygiene family. Carol truly enjoys working in the public health arena and strives to encourage healthy dental habits in those that she serves. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and her two kitties – Lola and Sandy.