Your Committee

Linda Phelan

IDHA President

With a background in cell and molecular biology, Linda graduated from the DDUH at Trinity College Dublin in 2012 where she recieved an award for clinical excellence. Linda has experience working in hospital, specialist practice and general practice. Currently she works in two general practices in Dublin. Having a keen interest in CPD Linda joined the Irish Dental Hygienists’ Association committee in 2015  and worked as continuous education officer until 2019 when she was selected as President-Elect of the IDHA and the associations secretary. In Novemebr 2020 Linda began her two-year term as President of the IDHA.

Isobel Minogue

IDHA Treasurer

Isobel graduated as a Dental Hygienist from Glasgow Dental hospital in 1987, moved to London after qualifying and worked in the  dental department in Mayday hospital, general practice and in an orthodontic practice.
Isobel is presently working in a general dental practice in Clonmel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. She joined the committee in 2016 and served three years as Secretary and one year as Continuous Officer and Conference Contact. Isobel is a firm believer in cpd and keeping her skills and knowledge up to date with her most recent achievement being a distinction in dental radiography from Cork University Dental School and Hospital. She has now taken up her new role as Treasurer of the IDHA.

Olivia Hanley

IDHA Secretary

Olivia started her career as a dental nurse graduating in 2006 from Dublin Dental School and Hospital. While working in general practice, she went on to complete a certificate in dental radiography from the NEBDN in 2008. This was followed by a Specialist Certificate in Oral Health Promotion from NUIG in 2010. From 2009 to 2010 Olivia worked as a course coordinator for the National Dental Nurse Training Program of Ireland. Olivia Graduated from Dublin Dental School and Hospital in 2012 with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and currently works in general practice in Galway. Olivia has taken up the role of Secretary of the IDHA and hopes to continue the excellent work of the previous Secretarys of the association.



Donna Paton

IDHA Membership Officer


Sandra Joyce

Trade Officer

Sandra returns to the IDHA committee as trade liaison officer having previously served as secretary.
For those of you who have yet to meet her, Sandra graduated in 1996 from DDUH and left to travel the well beaten track to the UK. She worked there for over 6 years in private, corporate and NHS practices.
She currently works in a very busy ortho unit of the HSE.
Sandra is excited about this role and hopes to build on the wonderful work Yvonne Power has done.
She will endeavor to continue to grow our trade relationships.

Alma Kelleher

Website Officer

Alma started her career as a dental nurse in 2008 where she worked in both general and specialist practice. In 2013 Alma received a diploma in dental nursing along with her certificate in dental radiography. She then qualified as dental hygienist in 2015 from University College Cork where she now works in a private practice in Waterford.
Alma is passionate about professional and personal development with a particular interest in nutrition and behavoural change, she enjoys implementing what she has learnt by putting them into practice.

Sviatlana Anishchuk

Continuous Education Officer

Sviatlana started her career as a dental nurse in 2012. In 2013, she obtained The Specialist Certificate in Oral Health from NUIG. She graduated as a dental nurse the following year and continued her study in DDUH in Dental Hygiene. Since graduating, she has worked in the specialist and general practice in Co. Kildare. Sviatlana is continuing her education and is currently doing MSc in Science by research in DUUH. She is looking forward to working with the committee and her new role!

Yvonne Howell

Dental Council Rep

Yvonne Howell DipDH DipDT GCAP has worked in the dental health care profession for over 13 Years. She graduated in 2004 from Trinity College Dublin in Dental Nursing with Sedation and continued her studies at King’s College London graduating in 2007 with a dual qualification in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy.
She has a broad experience in a variety of dental settings – hospital, private and NHS practices across London. Additionally she tutored Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students at King’s College University Hospital for 6 years and completed her teacher training at King’s College London in 2013.
Yvonne is course director and tutor for the Dental Hygiene programme at the University of Dublin, Trinity College.
She is currently a committee member with the Irish Dental Hygiene Association and has just been appointed as the Dental Hygiene representative on the auxiliary dental workers committee in the Dental Council from 2015 – 2020.

Alanna Fitzpatrick

IDHA Journal Editor

Alanna started her career as a dental nurse; qualifying in 2015 from Letterkenny Institute of Technology; then working in private and specialist practice in Dublin.  She later continued her studies in University College Cork (Cork Dental School and Hospital), and became qualified in Dental Hygiene in 2017.  Alanna has volunteered in a Dental Outreach elective in 2019, going to Kathmandu, Nepal; providing on-site field dentistry to underprivileged adults and children who experienced hardship after the devastating earthquake in 2015.

Alanna has a passion for oral health, the promotion and progression of dental hygiene as a profession.  She has taken on the role of journal editor to promote Irish and International dental hygienists in the pursuit of their passions and achievements. She believes access to accredited CPD and post diploma courses, to be an important step for Irish Dental Hygienists in the future. 


Jeannine Byrne


Jeannine Byrne graduated St Barts and The Royal London in 2000 with dual qualifications in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. In 2002 she completed a Further Education Teaching Certificate. She has a specialist Certificate in Oral Health Promotion from NUIG. Jeannine has worked in a variety of dental environments, specialist clinics, hospital, private and NHS practices including domiciliary settings. Jeannine joined the committee in 2011 as Membership Officer, has covered Secretary and has carried out two terms as Treasurer.

Jeannine is an IDHA representative to the International and European Federations of Dental Hygiene and is on the Local Organising Committee for the International Symposium She is looking forward to IDHA hosting the International Symposium Dental Hygiene in Dublin 2022.

Rebecca Pearson

Social Media Rep

Rebecca qualifed from Cork Dental School and Hospital in 2015. She first started her dentall journey working as a dental assistant at the age of 16 and fell in love with the profession since. Rebecca is a firm believer in professional, personal and intellectual development. Having spent time studying pharmaceutical biotechnology she knew dental hygiene was her true calling.

Rebecca is the social media rep and is very active in promoting oral hygiene to all ages. She is passionate about educating patients and promoting oral hygiene and is excited about her new role on the IDHA committee.

Lisa Pearson

Employment Officer

Tel: 086 057 44 69

Lisa qualified from dduh in 2003 with a certificate in dental nursing & in 2007 she graduated from trinity college with a diploma in dental hygiene.
Lisa has 20 years dental experience, with 4 in nursing, then a break for college, & 14 in dental hygiene. This experience lies across multiple fields in the public & private sector. Her special interests are in the care of medically compromised paediatrics where she spent 7 years working in the children’s hospital in Crumlin and gained invaluable experience. Lisa is passionate about chronic periodontitis, and continue up skilling & keeping up to date with new advances in the field. A self confessed science nerd, the more complex a case the better. She is also driven by securing our place in the dental industry by ensuring proper employment practice is implemented for dental hygienists in ROI.


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