Education: Indiana University '80, Northwestern University '89
RDH: 35 years
Practiced: Nine years
Fun Fact: Karen was one of Hu-Friedy's FIRST interns!

Karen Neiner, RDH, LDH, BSDH, MBA
Karen Neiner, RDH, LDH, BSDH, MBA
VP, Corporate Development

Question

Why do you love Dental Hygiene?

Answer

It has afforded me so many opportunities for personal growth and I love the ever changing body of knowledge and the hard and behavioral science you need to draw on.

Question

When you were practicing regularly, what was your proudest moment?

Answer

I felt a lot of satisfaction when teaming with patients to improve and sustain their oral health and you were making progress together. However, a single proud moment for me was when a dental practice put my name with my RDH credentials on the signage for the practice along with the other licensed professionals.

Question

How does being an RDH help you in your job at Hu-Friedy?

Answer

Hu-Friedy is very customer centric company and having so many employees with a dental hygiene background helps us develop an in-depth understanding of customer requirements. Having RDH representatives in so many different areas of the company helps us develop products and services that truly support the dental community.

Question

What do you do to support RDHs in the field?

Answer

I have had the honor of being asked to support the ADHA on advisory committees and provide a perspective from both the dental industry and as a dental hygienist. I’ve enjoyed co-developing ADHA Awards (Master Clinician, Esther Wilkins Future Leader) and scholarships to acknowledge and promote excellence within our profession. Hu-Friedy supports my efforts to serve on various philanthropic boards that have access to dental care as their mission and I truly enjoy working on programs to facilitate greater support and reach towards those goals. I have also facilitated a few new product development efforts.

Question

Why do you believe in Hu-Friedy products/the Hu-Friedy brand?

Answer

It’s easy to believe in something when you see day to day how a company values the efforts! Everyone from the CEO to the scaler finishers and beyond contributes to the quality of the product and believes in reliability through phenomenal service. Our team believes in holding itself to the highest quality standard as that’s really the air we breathe. It has been for 107 years and I can speak first hand for the 26 years I’ve been part of the team.