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E49: The Role of Auxiliary Dental Providers on House Call Teams with Cathy Grinham, RDH

This week I’m so excited to welcome Cathy Grinham to the show for a wonderful conversation about mobile dentistry and new advancements in mobile scanning technology. Cathy is a Mobile Public Health, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Massachusetts. Beyond being a dental provider with over 14 years of mobile experience, she’s an entrepreneur who alongside her husband invented a revolutionary portable, mobile, panoramic unit known as the Portopano. 

Cathy is a prominent figure in the field of dental hygiene. She is widely recognized for her expertise, contributions, and advocacy in promoting oral health and advancing the dental hygiene profession. With over four decades of experience in dental hygiene, Cathy has made a significant impact. She has held various leadership positions, including serving as the President of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA). In these roles, she has played a pivotal role in shaping the direction of dental hygiene practice, education, and research.

Cathy's contributions to the dental hygiene profession have been widely recognized. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including the CDHA's Award of Merit and the IFDH's Distinguished Service Award. Her dedication and passion for oral health have been inspiring and empowering dental hygienists to provide exceptional patient care and advocate for the oral health of their communities.

In our discussion, we dive into the changing landscape of house-call dentistry and telehealth dentistry. Cathy shares her experience helping underserved populations in Massachusetts while providing an overview of some of the policy changes and evolving thoughts on public health and house-call services. Cathy and I discuss the invention and implementation of the Portopano as she shares the many ways that this incredible new technology is transforming dental health and access. This is a must-listen episode for anyone interested in mobile or house-call dentistry and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback about our chat in the coming weeks.

Remember what Cathy says in this episode…go out there and get started so you can also provide care to people who can’t get to the dentist! Your patients are ready for you to start your practice. If you need any help with that, join the waitlist for the next cohort of Dental House Call Practice Academy (DHCPA). DHCPA is an online course that provides a step-by-step roadmap for establishing your dental house call practice. You can join the waitlist at If you’re ready to get started, I’m here to help you!

Connect with Cathy: 

Mobile: 508.813.6034

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