Chi Dang, RDH
Thirty-one years ago, Chi escaped from Vietnam on a boat by sea. She left everything behind including her family, friends, and a home in central Vietnam to search for freedom in the United States. She went to Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM and graduated in 1993 and received a Bachelor ?s of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New Mexico in 1998. After Chi graduated, she worked in a private practice setting for a few years. When she was in dental hygiene school, she had the chance to do an internship in school base, nursing home facilities, homeless shelters, a VA hospital, and community events that provided dental care and gave oral hygiene instructions. This caused her to fall in love with public health. In 2000, Chi made the decision to go work in a public health setting. She landed a job as a full-time dental hygienist at the University Of New Mexico Department Of Dental Surgery from 2000 to 2014, providing dental services to low income families. While working for UNM, she got accepted into the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene where she had the opportunity to teach, give oral health presentations, work in the operating room at the UNM hospital, and rotate to a special needs facility to provide dental care for patients with intellectual/developmental disabilities. In the past years, Chi took opportunities to volunteer abroad providing dental care for the children in third-world countries like Vietnam and Venezuela. She is currently working at Santo Domingo Dental Clinic since 2014. Her passion is helping the communities who have limited resources to achieve better dental health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.