Education: University of Pittsburgh
RDH: 31 years
Practiced: 20 years

Susie Michaylo, RDH
Susie Michaylo, RDH
Clinical Education Manager - East Central

Question

Why do you love Dental Hygiene?

Answer

I was adopted into a dental family. My Granddad, my Dad and my brother were all dentists…I wanted to help at age 12, so I became their Dental Assistant and the rest was history.

Question

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

Answer

In periodontal treatment, any patient that I started their first SRP and 6 years later they still have all their teeth and no periodontal disease. I knew I had a part in the health of my patient and their wellbeing!

Question

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

Answer

Hygiene gave me a leg up in my career choice especially since University of Pittsburgh used Hu-Friedy instruments in clinic. What Hu-Friedy does is value Dental Hygienists and what they bring to the company. I’ve worked in sales for 25 years and I must say Hu-Friedy has been the only company that does listen to and appreciate hygienists. You do realize when a company appreciates the career choice of a hygienist – it is obvious by the number of full time sales people they hire that are actually RDHs. I’ve never met as many RDHs in any other company as I’ve met here at Hu-Friedy.

Question

What do you do to support RDHs in the field?

Answer

I am a member of ADEA and WPDHA. In my younger years, I was involved in helping during Children’s Dental Health Week within my community and Veteran’s Dental Health for Pittsburgh VA Hospitals.

Question

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

Answer

That was the quality of instruments I was taught with. Truthfully, I didn’t know much about quality while in school, but once I got into Private Practice and some of the offices I temped in, I quickly learned why they were using temps. Cheap products and focus on cost. Hygiene instruments vs. doctors’ burs. How could investing on a quality bur for his procedures be any different than purchasing the best scalers for my SRP’s? When I got into the specialty office and my Periodontal Doctor said get what you want and need, I knew I was in the right place and I chose Hu-Friedy!