Meet Your Committee

Our dedicated committee members are the driving force behind our association's success. Passionate about dentistry and committed to excellence, they work tirelessly to support our mission and enhance the dental community.

Yvonne Howell

IDHA President / Dental Council Rep- /

Linda Phelan

IDHA Treasurer

Olivia Hanley

IDHA Secretary-

Karen White

IDHA Membership Officer -

Vilte Jankunaite

Website Officer-

Sviatlana Anishchuk

IDHA President Elect/ Chairperson of IDHA subgroup for Direct Access-

Anneka Guray

IDHA Journal Editor-

Aisha Ramadan

Social Media Rep-

Louise Madge

Trade Liaison - / 086 057 44 69

Lilibeth Culbert

Employment Officer-

Christina Cole

Social Media Rep

Emma Ryan

Continuos Education Officer -

Caroline Horgan

IDHA Journal Editor

Yvonne Howell has worked in the dental healthcare profession for over 20 Years. She graduated from King’s College London with a dual qualification in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy.


She has broad experience working in a variety of dental settings in Ireland and London. Additionally she tutored Dental Hygiene and Therapy students at King’s College University Hospital and completed her teacher training at King’s College London.


Yvonne is programme director and tutor for the Dental Hygiene programme at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and holds a Master in Higher Education.


She is currently President of the Irish Dental Hygiene Association and the Dental Hygiene representative on the Auxiliary Dental Workers committee for the Irish Dental Council.

As the immediate past president, Linda is the current IDHA treasurer.


With a background in cell and molecular biology, Linda graduated from the Dublin Dental University Hospital at Trinity College Dublin in 2012.


Upon graduation she was awarded the Dentsply award for clinical excellence and a Colgate travel bursary that allowed her to spend time studying in Malmo Sweden. Linda has experience working in hospital, specialist practice and general practice. She currently works in general practice in Dublin. 


Linda joined the IDHA committee in 2014 and was elected to the role of continuous education officer. In 2019, Linda became the associations secretary and was also selected as the IDHA President-Elect. Linda was IDHA President from 2020-2022. During this time, she successfully campaigned for dental hygienists to be included in the program for administering the Covid-19 vaccine and welcomed almost 1000 dental hygienists from around the world to Dublin for the ISDH 2022. From 2021-2022 Linda represented the IDHA at the IFDH and the EDHF. In 2023 Linda was voted as the Auditor of the EDHF.  


Linda is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in the principles and practice of mentoring in dentistry. 

Olivia Hanley commenced her career in 2005 as a trainee Dental Nurse and qualified with a National Certificate in Dental Nursing from Trinity College Dublin in 2006. Olivia continued her training gaining a Certificate in Dental Radiography from the NEBDN, UK in 2008 and a Specialist Certificate in Oral Health Promotion, from NUI Galway in 2010.


In 2012 Olivia qualified with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Trinity College Dublin. Olivia has since worked in general dental practices in Galway City and County.


In 2020 Olivia joined the IDHA committee as Horary Secretary and is now in her second term in this role. 

I graduated from Forma’t Institut d’Ensenyament Barcelona in 2015. Following my graduation I moved to London where I worked for 2 years as Dental Hygienist.

Mid 2017 my family and I made the decision to moved to Cork where I have been working as Hygienist since. I am passionate about attending continuous education courses to further my abilities in providing the best possible care to all my patients.

I enjoy building relationships with my patients and educating them on the importance of their overall oral health.

I am excited about my role as Membership officer in the IDHA.

Vilte graduated from Dublin Dental Hospital in 2017 from Dental Nursing and continued her studies and graduated from Dental Hygiene in 2019 with Dental Council Prize for best overall result.

Vilte has a keen interest in CPD and is thrilled to work alongside the committee help sharing information to all of our members and fellow dental hygienist through the Irish Dental Hygienist Association website.

Sviatlana began her career as a trainee dental nurse in 2012. Since then, she has obtained the Specialist Certificate in Oral Health from the University of Galway. She then continued her studies in the Dublin Dental University Hospital obtaining a Diploma in Dental Nursing (2014) and a Diploma in Dental Hygiene (2016).
Sviatlana also completed a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy course with Kings College London in 2017. Most recently she has completed a Master of Science by Research (2019) and a Masters in Higher Education (2023) at Trinity College Dublin.
She has worked in specialist periodontic and prosthodontic practices and oral cancer and special care hospital departments.
Currently, she is working as a dental hygiene tutor and a researcher at the Dublin Dental University Hospital. She is very passionate about education and educating others.
She has been an active committee member of the Irish Dental Hygienists Association since 2018 and worked as a journal editor and as a continuous education officer until 2023 when she was selected as President-Elect of the IDHA.  She now represents IDHA at IFDH and EDHF and was appointed as a chairperson of the IDHA subgroup for Direct Access.

Anneka graduated from Dublin Dental University Hospital with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2013. She is based in Co. Kerry where she works in practice with a special interest in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. She is currently completing postgraduate studies and hopes to continue furthering her education in Dental Hygiene.

Anneka is thrilled to work alongside the committee and plans to work hard to deliver an informative and interesting journal to keep members informed on important matters.

Aisha graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2022 with a diploma in Dental Hygiene and a passion for educating and promoting good oral health, especially for those who are anxious or nervous about attending the dental clinic, as she knows first-hand how daunting it can be.

Aisha has a passion for photography and media and is excited to work as part of the social media team to bring awareness to our association and all the exciting things we have in store for our members.

Louise obtained her NEBDN diploma from Marino College in 2016 and had worked for 8 years as a Dental nurse in clinics across Kildare, Galway and Dublin, gaining valuable experience in implantology and periodontics.

She graduated from the Dublin Dental Hospital with a diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2022, and has since been working in private and specialist periodontic practices. Louise is looking forward to working with the committee in her role as Employment Officer and hopes to help connect practices and Hygienists alike with their new roles.

Lilibeth graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2022 with a diploma in Dental Hygiene and has worked in private practices in Dublin and Laois.

Lilibeth is looking forward to working on the committee in her role as employment officer and hopes to connect practices and hygienists alike with their new roles.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, dog walking and volunteering.

My name is Christina and I graduated from the DDUH in 2023. My favourite part about being a hygienist is educating patients on oral health advice. Apart from hygiene, I enjoy playing the guitar in my spare time.


I’m very excited to start my role in social media! I look forward to uploading content for the upcoming conference this November. I hope to create some new ideas to keep you interested for the year of 2024.

Emma Ryan is a dental hygienist currently working for the HSE Dental Service in Dublin South East. Emma graduated from UCC in 2018 completed Specialist Certificate in Oral Health, NUIG.


After graduating from UCC, she worked in private practice for over 12 years, gaining a wealth of experience working in both general and periodontal dental clinics before taking a career break in 2020 to work for the National Ambulance Service.


However, in 2021 her love for oral health promotion drew her back and she began working as a dental hygienist for the HSE.


Emma was awarded the KIN Dental Hygienist oh the Year award in 2022 for her leaflet “Helpful Tips For Growing Healthy Smiles”, focusing on the oral care for 2-6 year olds. 

Caroline Horgan is a Dental Hygiene clinical teacher with twenty years of successful teaching to undergraduate students in the School of Dental Hygiene at University College Cork. 


Caroline qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 1999 from UCC and has worked in General Dental and Orthodontic practice for several years. 


Caroline now concentrates her work to teaching and gained an Honours Masters degree in teaching in Higher Education in 2019.