Shelley Brown, MEd, BSDH, RDH
Shelley Brown, MEd, BSDH, RDH, has worked in a variety of dental settings and has been in academia for 11 years and in dentistry for 21 years. She's an educator for Baccalaureate level students at The Utah College of Dental Hygiene.
Shelley co-runs Hygiene Edge, whose goal is to inspire dental professionals to be their best, promote industry best practices and help educators navigate the clinic and classroom. Their YouTube channel has over 17 million views on their helpful videos. Through Hygiene Edge, she creates videos and blogs and professionally co-speaks on topics such as Anesthesia, Oral Hygiene Education, Adolescents, Clinical Updates, and AAP classifications. She also runs a podcast called Hygiene EDGEucators, providing helpful content catered to dental educators.
Shelley also owns Homebound Smiles, where she provides care to our elderly population who needs it the most. Shelley is an award recipient of the 2021 Today's RDH Honor Awards and has served as the Secretary of the Utah Dental Hygienists' Association.
Jessica Atkinson, MEd, BSDH, RDH
Jessica Atkinson, MEd, BSDH, RDH, COO of Hygiene Edge and Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene at Utah Tech University, is passionate about all things dental hygiene.
Jessica has been in the dental field for 23 years with experience as front office staff, dental assistant, and dental hygienist. She has been in education for 10 years.
As the COO of Hygiene Edge, she seeks to "educate, grow, and inspire" with dental professionals throughout their careers with helpful videos, podcasts, and other educational content.
Education is Jessica's joy, from educating patients, students, and anyone else who comes across Hygiene Edge's YouTube channel. She has presented both nationally and internationally to continue educating, growing, and being inspired with her fellow dental professionals.
Jessica is the recipient of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Element Award and the Utah Tech College of Health Sciences Outstanding Service Award. She is a past president of the Utah Dental Hygienists' Association and is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
Melia Lewis, MEd, BSDH, RDH
Melia Lewis, MEd, BSDH, RDH, grew up in the dental world. With 14 years of dental hygiene experience, four as a dental assistant, and hundreds of continuing education hours, she loves to learn and stay up to date on the latest technologies. She is a current adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University and the Utah College of Dental Hygiene and works in a family private practice in Utah. Her passion is helping dental hygienists feel empowered and supported, as well as educating the public on how awesome dental hygienists are to their oral and overall health. If she's not talking about teeth and health, she can be found in the mountains with her family and Goldendoodle pup. Melia can be reached at [email protected].