Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH, an adjunct professor at Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport, has won the 2017 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award. It was presented at the 2016 American Dental Hygienists’ Association 94th Annual Session on June 16 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year to recognize the distinguished career of a worthy individual who has consistently and effectively contributed to the enrichment of the dental hygiene profession.

This year’s award sponsors include Colgate, Patterson Dental, PDT Inc., and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, a professional journal.

Ibsen—a coauthor of Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist—was tapped for the prestigious award because of her longtime and considerable impact on dental hygiene training. First published in 1991, the widely used textbook, which was cowritten by Joan Phelan, DDS, has been used by more than 300,000 dental hygiene students and practitioners.

“Olga’s sphere of influence is vast, as she has provided continuing education courses to thousands of oral health professionals in 30 states, in addition to the District of Columbia, Mexico, and Canada,” said Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Editor in Chief Jill Rethman.

“Olga is amazing! We use her oral pathology book, and she co-teaches the course,” said Fones School Dean Marcia Lorentzen.

In addition to her contributions as an author, Ibsen has served in a variety of dental hygiene roles, including clinician, consumer advocate, educator/health promoter, and researcher, Machado added.

She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Photo: Olga A.C. Ibsen (left) with Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Editor in Chief Jill Rethman, RDH, BA. Ibsen is the recipient of the 2017 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu