After receiving an Associate Degree in Business Management from the University of New Hampshire, Heather Miller began her career in an office, but soon discovered she wanted something different. So she took advantage of an opportunity for on-the-job training as a dental assistant. After 10 years in practice, she attended Middlesex Community College to achieve an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene.
Looking to expand beyond clinical practice, Miller began to network with people in the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists Association, through which she learned about a new educational lunch-and-learn program opportunity for a hygienist. She became part of this program in 2013, when it had only five educators. However, since then, the program has expanded to more than 200 professional educators. Currently, Miller works full time while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst through its University Without Walls program for non-traditional students to complete their bachelor’s degree. Miller created her own area of study in health education and promotion, and she looks forward to commencement with her graduating class and the next stage of her career.