Knowledge - Seek it, Learn it, Apply it!
Lory Laughter has been a practicing dental hygienist since her graduation from Idaho State University in 1994. Today she has a variety of career roles including private practice, speaking, writing and event planning. She is a consultant with Nuvora, Inc and Livionex. Lory participates in Hygiene Department consulting with Kathleen Johnson Consulting. Her roles include Clinical Educator with American Eagle Instruments, Inc and Dental Hygiene Educator with Interleukin Genetics.
Her monthly column in RDH Magazine helps dental professionals utilize the internet for career and professional development and patient care delivery. Her drive to bring every dental hygienist into the 21st century makes Lory's passionate column a must read for dental professionals.
Lory is the founder and owner of Dental IQ, LLC - a business committed to providing quality continuing education to the entire dental team. Dental IQ, LLC hosts the Annual Napa Dental Experience which has grown to become a popular national meeting drawing nationally recognized speakers and international attendees.
As a national speaker covering a variety of dental and health topics, her courses are appealing to every member of the dental team. Lory's continuing education classes are available to any size audience - national meetings, state and local associations, study clubs or in-office training - and are tailored for the specific needs of the group.
Her ability to combine science, clinical evidence and humor makes for an educational and lively experience. A strong belief that dental professionals are health care providers is evident in her presentations and through her passion for treating people and not teeth.
Lory is a Key Opinion Leader with GC America and Philips (Sonicare). She is a member of ADHA and a vocal advocate for the association. Her humorous side was honed by raising nine children and still maintaining some degree of sanity (and mostly all of her hair). Her spare time is devoted to volunteering in her community, providing a warm home to abandoned pets, and enjoying empty nest syndrome.
She received the 2011 Professional Achievement Award from Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences and the 2015 Sunstar Butler Award of Distinction.
In 2014, Lory enrolled in the Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene program at the University of California - San Francisco and graduated June 2015. This endeavor has given her opportunity to further build on her academic foundation and expand her teaching skills. Lory plans to utilize the concepts learned to enhance her lectures and writing and to apply to a PhD program. A passion for learning has fostered a desire for sharing that passion with all health care professionals.