Fighting For a Better Way
Judy Boothby, RDHAP, has over 30 years experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has played a tremendous role in changing the state laws to make mobile dental hygiene services possible for underserved populations. In early 1985, Judy Boothby began working in skilled nursing facilities under the supervision of a dentist. She was frequently referred to numerous patients and quickly saw the need for increased care for people with developmental disabilities, hearing and vision impairments, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, and various other underserved populations. It became obvious to Judy that the services of a dental hygienist would be more accessible without the restriction of supervision of a dentist. Inspired by her personal journey of compassion, Judy Boothby was moved to find a better way to solve the problem of preventative oral care.
In 1986, Judy and 18 other dental hygienists were given authority by the California State Legislature through the Office of Statewide Health, Planning and Development to practice independent of dentists. From 1987 through 1997, Judy Boothby participated in Health Manpower Pilot Projects #139 and #155 which were demonstration studies of dental hygiene independent practice.
The California Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) lobbied to change the California Dental Practice Act to become a new license for registered dental hygienists. Through the perseverance of Judy Boothby and many others, the state of California eventually allowed 21 dental hygienists to provide independent dental hygiene treatment to patients with the passage of bill AB 560. They succeeded, and the new license of Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) was created and signed by Governor Pete Wilson and became effective in 1998. Judy was the very first to be given this license (License #1) in the state of California as an RDHAP. Presently, there are over 500 RDHAP Practices Statewide.
Judy Boothby’s inspiration for a better way for people to access care would later earn her the distinguished Pfizer/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene. Today, she is an internationally recognized dental hygienist who brings an abundance of information, education, and experience to the undeserved elderly and disabled populations.
Judy Boothby, Panel Speaker
on Independent Practice 2004,
16th Annual International Symposium on
Dental Hygiene in Madrid, Spain
Our Mission Statement
Dental Hygiene Out & About brings dental hygiene services to the elderly and underserved populations with sensitive, gentle treatment in the comfort of their own home or facility.
State of the art mobile dental equipment and infection control with quality treatment is our standard of care for each resident we visit.
We will honor your trust to have us be part of your care.
Dental Hygiene, AS Degree Cabrillo College, Aptos, California
Bachelor of Science in Gerontology California State University, Sacramento, California
Specialized Graduate in DECOE Program, University of Washington School of Dentistry Seattle, Washington
Recipient of the Warner-Lambert / American Dental Hygiene Association Award
Medical Service Award, Sacramento Association for the Retarded
Appreciation Award , Sacramento Valley Dental Hygiene Component
Member of American Dental Hygienists’ Association
Member of California Dental Hygienists’ Association
Member of Sacramento Valley Dental Hygienists’ Component
Two year service with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Council for Regulation and Practice
Panel Speaker on Independent Practice 2004, 16th Annual International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Madrid, Spain
Guest Lecturer, West Los Angeles College
Guest Lecturer, University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California
Guest Lecturer, American Dental Education Association’s, Oral Health America , Older Adult Symposium, St. Charles, IL