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Caruth alum wins TDHA award

Laruie Morgan InglisLaurie Morgan Inglis, 2002 Caruth School of Dental Hygiene graduate, was named Outstanding Grassroots Dental Hygienist in Texas for 2010 by the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association.

The award recognizes the involvement and participation of dental hygienists at the local level. Nominees are judged for their association participation, volunteerism, legislative activities and letters of recommendation from their peers.

One of her letters of recommendation stated: “Laurie’s work experience and involvement in the dental hygiene community demonstrate her commitment to the standards set forth by the dental hygiene profession.”

Inglis volunteers to apply fluoride varnish and provide oral hygiene instruction at elementary schools. Since a 2008 dental mission trip to Romania, she continues to send oral hygiene supplies to the dental clinic there.

Inglis also coaches her stepdaughter’s volleyball team and teaches Sunday school classes for children and small groups for adults. Inglis and her husband volunteer with Incredible Fridays, providing childcare for special needs children so their parents can have a date night. When one of her classmates was diagnosed with cancer, she helped raise money to assist her friend as she underwent cancer treatment.

“I am humbled and thrilled to receive the award,” Inglis said. “Volunteering through my profession and in my community is important to me, and I am fortunate to have a profession that encourages and supports my endeavors.”

Inglis has been an American Dental Hygienists’ Association member since 2000 when she entered the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. She served as president of the Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, the dental hygiene honor society.

Inglis is president of the Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Society and has held leadership positions in the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Dallas and Greater Collin County components and TDHA. In 2004, Inglis was one of the founding members of the Greater Collin County component. She has volunteered her time to mentor dental hygiene students at TAMHSC-BCD and Collin County dental hygiene schools. She also is the dental hygiene representative to the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association board of directors.