The dedicated dental hygienist on a mission to change how we do preventative dental therapy!

Motivational Speaker | Practicing RDH | Author | Founder of Thrive in the OP™ 

Career Coach | Product Reviewer | Dental Marketing Strategist

Amber Auger Photo Shoot

Meet Amber Auger

My journey to the dental field began in the 6th grade. I remember the moment sitting in science class where we were discussing how teeth formed. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a dental clinician. My initial goal was to become a dentist. A higher power had a different plan. Dental school was not an option for me, as our finances were restricted.

My mom was a single mom with absolutely no help from my father. She worked three jobs to keep our lights on; sometimes, that wasn’t enough. We often counted coins and filled the gas tank five dollars at a time. I’ve been on my own financially since I was 12. I learned to look at money very differently than your average adolescent. This experience has allowed me to become a budget master and fueled my diligence in paying off over 95K of student loans in 3.5 years.

Additionally, childhood equipped me to be a time management ninja. I was accustomed to working multiple jobs to pay for school. I learned how to do things fast and with great attention to detail. I took my reputation to get the” job done efficiently and effectively” exceptionally seriously and still do.

I am grateful that I inherited my mom’s reliance, her ability to hustle harder than ten men building a pyramid, her laughter, her love for children, and of course, dogs. Every single day, my mom would say to me, “you can be anything you want to be. I don’t care what you do for a living as long as you go to college.” I was the first to graduate college in my family.

Amber Auger Photo Shoot

The dedicated dental hygienist on a mission to change how we do preventative dental therapy!

Motivational Speaker | Practicing RDH | Author | Founder of Thrive in the OP ™ | Career Coach | Product Reviewer | Dental Marketing Strategist

My journey to the dental field began in the 6th grade. I remember the moment sitting in science class where we were discussing how teeth formed. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a dental clinician. My initial goal was to become a dentist. A higher power had a different plan. Dental school was not an option for me, as our finances were restricted.

 

My mom was a single mom with absolutely no help from my father. She worked three jobs to keep our lights on; sometimes, that wasn’t enough. We often counted coins and filled the gas tank five dollars at a time. I’ve been on my own financially since I was 12. I learned to look at money very differently than your average adolescent. This experience has allowed me to become a budget master and fueled my diligence in paying off over 95K of student loans in 3.5 years.

 

Additionally, childhood equipped me to be a time management ninja. I was accustomed to working multiple jobs to pay for school. I learned how to do things fast and with great attention to detail. I took my reputation to get the” job done efficiently and effectively” exceptionally seriously and still do.

I am grateful that I inherited my mom’s reliance, her ability to hustle harder than ten men building a pyramid, her laughter, her love for children, and of course, dogs. Every single day, my mom would say to me, “you can be anything you want to be. I don’t care what you do for a living as long as you go to college.” I was the first to graduate college in my family.

The dedicated dental hygienist on a mission to change how we do preventative dental therapy!

Motivational Speaker | Practicing RDH |Author | Founder of Thrive in the OP™ |  Career Coach | Product Reviewer | Dental Marketing Strategist

Amber Auger Photo Shoot

Hi, I’m Amber

My journey to the dental field began in the 6th grade. I remember the moment sitting in science class where we were discussing how teeth formed. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a dental clinician. My initial goal was to become a dentist. A higher power had a different plan. Dental school was not an option for me, as our finances were restricted.

My mom was a single mom with absolutely no help from my father. She worked three jobs to keep our lights on; sometimes, that wasn’t enough. We often counted coins and filled the gas tank five dollars at a time. I’ve been on my own financially since I was 12. I learned to look at money very differently than your average adolescent. This experience has allowed me to become a budget master and fueled my diligence in paying off over 95K of student loans in 3.5 years.

Additionally, childhood equipped me to be a time management ninja. I was accustomed to working multiple jobs to pay for school. I learned how to do things fast and with great attention to detail. I took my reputation to get the” job done efficiently and effectively” exceptionally seriously and still do.

I am grateful that I inherited my mom’s reliance, her ability to hustle harder than ten men building a pyramid, her laughter, her love for children, and of course, dogs. Every single day, my mom would say to me, “you can be anything you want to be. I don’t care what you do for a living as long as you go to college.” I was the first to graduate college in my family.

Dental Hygiene School

On the first day, I worked on the clinic floor, I was questioned if I had made the right decision. Throughout high school, I worked as a waitress to pay my bills throughout high-school and save for college. In my senior year of high school, I had a cortisone shot in my scaler hand. Lynn, my clinical instructor, looked at me with deep concern, “Are you sure you want to be a dental hygienist? I am concerned you will not be able to do this full-time.” I remember the moment and this internal spark that ignited when she asked. “Oh, I am sure,” I said with the confidence of a mighty warrior ready to take on the challenge. I knew I was made for this.

As my peers enjoyed social life in school, I enjoyed the quiet study lounge in the campus library. Or at least I pretended to. To pay for loans, I had to work while attending school full-time. The years that I was a dental hygiene student were the most challenging years of my life, as most hygienists report. I struggled with unbearable anxiety.

After failing an exam, I mean full-blown fail like a 30, my professor called me into her office. She asked me each question verbally, without a multiple-choice option that I had in written format. To my surprise, I answered every question correctly. She knew what she was doing and referred me over to campus services to be tested for a learning disability. This hurt my ego. I had spent my entire academic life failing tests and then making up for it with class participation and homework. I was an honor student who lacked the ability to comprehend what the question was asking. I went through two days of testing to be told that I scored off- the charts in my social ability *flips hair and smirks* and scored low on my ability to comprehend the question. I was diagnosed with a comprehension learning disability; this is why I struggled with testing. I couldn’t determine what the question was asking. This, coupled with the debilitating anxiety of trying to keep up with the natural ability of my peers, was devasting for me.

This test result led to me having more time on tests, which was life-changing. This professor changed my life, and without her, I would not have been able to pass boards. Having the knowledge of what I needed to be successful with testing enabled me to continue my education and achieve a master’s in public health.

Dental hygiene School
Dental hygiene School

Dental Hygiene School

On the first day, I worked on the clinic floor, I was questioned if I had made the right decision. Throughout high school, I worked as a waitress to pay my bills throughout high-school and save for college. In my senior year of high school, I had a cortisone shot in my scaler hand. Lynn, my clinical instructor, looked at me with deep concern, “Are you sure you want to be a dental hygienist? I am concerned you will not be able to do this full-time.” I remember the moment and this internal spark that ignited when she asked. “Oh, I am sure,” I said with the confidence of a mighty warrior ready to take on the challenge. I knew I was made for this.

As my peers enjoyed social life in school, I enjoyed the quiet study lounge in the campus library. Or at least I pretended to. To pay for loans, I had to work while attending school full-time. The years that I was a dental hygiene student were the most challenging years of my life, as most hygienists report. I struggled with unbearable anxiety.

After failing an exam, I mean full-blown fail like a 30, my professor called me into her office. She asked me each question verbally, without a multiple-choice option that I had in written format. To my surprise, I answered every question correctly. She knew what she was doing and referred me over to campus services to be tested for a learning disability. This hurt my ego. I had spent my entire academic life failing tests and then making up for it with class participation and homework. I was an honor student who lacked the ability to comprehend what the question was asking. I went through two days of testing to be told that I scored off- the charts in my social ability *flips hair and smirks* and scored low on my ability to comprehend the question. I was diagnosed with a comprehension learning disability; this is why I struggled with testing. I couldn’t determine what the question was asking. This, coupled with the debilitating anxiety of trying to keep up with the natural ability of my peers, was devasting for me.

This test result led to me having more time on tests, which was life-changing. This professor changed my life, and without her, I would not have been able to pass boards. Having the knowledge of what I needed to be successful with testing enabled me to continue my education and achieve a master’s in public health.

Dental hygiene School

Dental Hygiene School

On the first day, I worked on the clinic floor, I was questioned if I had made the right decision. Throughout high school, I worked as a waitress to pay my bills throughout high-school and save for college. In my senior year of high school, I had a cortisone shot in my scaler hand. Lynn, my clinical instructor, looked at me with deep concern, “Are you sure you want to be a dental hygienist? I am concerned you will not be able to do this full-time.” I remember the moment and this internal spark that ignited when she asked. “Oh, I am sure,” I said with the confidence of a mighty warrior ready to take on the challenge. I knew I was made for this.

As my peers enjoyed social life in school, I enjoyed the quiet study lounge in the campus library. Or at least I pretended to. To pay for loans, I had to work while attending school full-time. The years that I was a dental hygiene student were the most challenging years of my life, as most hygienists report. I struggled with unbearable anxiety.

After failing an exam, I mean full-blown fail like a 30, my professor called me into her office. She asked me each question verbally, without a multiple-choice option that I had in written format. To my surprise, I answered every question correctly. She knew what she was doing and referred me over to campus services to be tested for a learning disability. This hurt my ego. I had spent my entire academic life failing tests and then making up for it with class participation and homework. I was an honor student who lacked the ability to comprehend what the question was asking. I went through two days of testing to be told that I scored off- the charts in my social ability *flips hair and smirks* and scored low on my ability to comprehend the question. I was diagnosed with a comprehension learning disability; this is why I struggled with testing. I couldn’t determine what the question was asking. This, coupled with the debilitating anxiety of trying to keep up with the natural ability of my peers, was devasting for me.

This test result led to me having more time on tests, which was life-changing. This professor changed my life, and without her, I would not have been able to pass boards. Having the knowledge of what I needed to be successful with testing enabled me to continue my education and achieve a master’s in public health.

Public Health

Public Health

As part of my bachelor’s program with the University of New Haven, I had the opportunity to visit Romania. Our group spent two weeks in Bucharest, Romania, serving in an orphanage. This trip was life-changing and is one of the many reasons I pursued a master’s in public health. Since Romania, I have provided preventive dental hygiene services in Kenya, Santiago, and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to continue to lead dental mission trips to serve those with limited access to care. As a recipient of public health services as a child, I am honored to be able to give back in this way.

Public Health

Public Health

As part of my bachelor’s program with the University of New Haven, I had the opportunity to visit Romania. Our group spent two weeks in Bucharest, Romania, serving in an orphanage. This trip was life-changing and is one of the many reasons I pursued a master’s in public health. Since Romania, I have provided preventive dental hygiene services in Kenya, Santiago, and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to continue to lead dental mission trips to serve those with limited access to care. As a recipient of public health services as a child, I am honored to be able to give back in this way.

Public Health

Public Health

As part of my bachelor’s program with the University of New Haven, I had the opportunity to visit Romania. Our group spent two weeks in Bucharest, Romania, serving in an orphanage. This trip was life-changing and is one of the many reasons I pursued a master’s in public health. Since Romania, I have provided preventive dental hygiene services in Kenya, Santiago, and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to continue to lead dental mission trips to serve those with limited access to care. As a recipient of public health services as a child, I am honored to be able to give back in this way.

Speaking

As a new grad, one of my employers, Dr. Tony Lepore, identified a “fire to educate” inside of me. I remember him telling me that he could see me becoming a dental speaker and consultant. At the time, I laughed in the face. You see, I was the student who would sweat four days before a five-minute presentation to my peers. There was no way I could be a dental speaker.

In 2013 I became a spin instructor to pay for grad school. I taught six classes a week, surrounded by mirrors, in my spandex. It turns out that having your rear end in the spotlight helps you conquer your fear of public speaking. I focused on getting my master’s degree from 2013 to 2015 while working full-time in a downtown Boston practice.

In January 2016, I attended my first Career Fusion conference. I was surrounded by leaders in the industry who believed in my vision. This was the Rocketship I needed to open doors I would never imagine. In September 2016, I had my first speaking engagement in front of 300 dental professionals. It ended with a standing ovation. I realized that Dr. Tony was right the entire time.

 I was fortunate to find two long-term mentors, Josey Sewell and Jackie Sanders. Two hygienists have created tremendous opportunities for others in the dental field by always leading with their hearts.

Speaking
Speaking

Speaking

As a new grad, one of my employers, Dr. Tony Lepore, identified a “fire to educate” inside of me. I remember him telling me that he could see me becoming a dental speaker and consultant. At the time, I laughed in the face. You see, I was the student who would sweat four days before a five-minute presentation to my peers. There was no way I could be a dental speaker.

In 2013 I became a spin instructor to pay for grad school. I taught six classes a week, surrounded by mirrors, in my spandex. It turns out that having your rear end in the spotlight helps you conquer your fear of public speaking. I focused on getting my master’s degree from 2013 to 2015 while working full-time in a downtown Boston practice.

In January 2016, I attended my first Career Fusion conference. I was surrounded by leaders in the industry who believed in my vision. This was the Rocketship I needed to open doors I would never imagine. In September 2016, I had my first speaking engagement in front of 300 dental professionals. It ended with a standing ovation. I realized that Dr. Tony was right the entire time.

 I was fortunate to find two long-term mentors, Josey Sewell and Jackie Sanders. Two hygienists have created tremendous opportunities for others in the dental field by always leading with their hearts.

Speaking

Speaking

As a new grad, one of my employers, Dr. Tony Lepore, identified a “fire to educate” inside of me. I remember him telling me that he could see me becoming a dental speaker and consultant. At the time, I laughed in the face. You see, I was the student who would sweat four days before a five-minute presentation to my peers. There was no way I could be a dental speaker.

In 2013 I became a spin instructor to pay for grad school. I taught six classes a week, surrounded by mirrors, in my spandex. It turns out that having your rear end in the spotlight helps you conquer your fear of public speaking. I focused on getting my master’s degree from 2013 to 2015 while working full-time in a downtown Boston practice.

In January 2016, I attended my first Career Fusion conference. I was surrounded by leaders in the industry who believed in my vision. This was the Rocketship I needed to open doors I would never imagine. In September 2016, I had my first speaking engagement in front of 300 dental professionals. It ended with a standing ovation. I realized that Dr. Tony was right the entire time.

 I was fortunate to find two long-term mentors, Josey Sewell and Jackie Sanders. Two hygienists have created tremendous opportunities for others in the dental field by always leading with their hearts.

Amber Speaking

I enjoy speaking for many reasons. I love sharing the latest oral science and providing practical applications for implementing the technologies into each practice’s workflow. Time is our biggest struggle as clinicians; my time management system ensures that the clinician does not compromise patient care. Instead, we focus on preventive education to prevent oral and systemic diseases. The world needs us to level up the standard of oral health prevention.

Amber Speaking

I enjoy speaking for many reasons. I love sharing the latest oral science and providing practical applications for implementing the technologies into each practice’s workflow. Time is our biggest struggle as clinicians; my time management system ensures that the clinician does not compromise patient care. Instead, we focus on preventive education to prevent oral and systemic diseases. The world needs us to level up the standard of oral health prevention.

Amber Speaking

I enjoy speaking for many reasons. I love sharing the latest oral science and providing practical applications for implementing the technologies into each practice’s workflow. Time is our biggest struggle as clinicians; my time management system ensures that the clinician does not compromise patient care. Instead, we focus on preventive education to prevent oral and systemic diseases. The world needs us to level up the standard of oral health prevention.

2019 Award of Distinction Recipient

The Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction program has been a recognized pinnacle of the profession since 2002. To date, 133 registered dental hygienists have been honored for their achievements in their communities and within their personal platforms.

AA Sunstar Awards
AA Sunstar Awards

2019 Award of Distinction Recipient

The Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction program has been a recognized pinnacle of the profession since 2002. To date, 133 registered dental hygienists have been honored for their achievements in their communities and within their personal platforms.

AA Sunstar Awards

2019 Award of Distinction Recipient

The Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction program has been a recognized pinnacle of the profession since 2002. To date, 133 registered dental hygienists have been honored for their achievements in their communities and within their personal platforms.

Thrive in the OP ™

Thrive in the OP®

I’ve always been the dental hygienist that comes into work bubbly and excited to start the day. There was a season of my clinical career where I found it extremely challenging to be myself. After two consecutive employers who did not align with the standards of treating periodontal disease, I felt defeated. I would recommend treatment as advised by the AAP, ADA, and ADHA by my peers down the hall who would not practice the same way. After practicing for three years, I was told, “you will get used to the real world honey, you are too passionate, don’t tell the patients their gums are bleeding, you’re too high energy tame it down, you’re young, you haven’t learned yet.” I feared what my office moves would do to my resume. I had changed offices two times in 2.5 years. I didn’t want to stay in a toxic work environment where the office manager would stand outside of my room and question why I didn’t recommend whitening services to the 83-year-old.

I thought long and hard about leaving the op. A small voice kept reminding me that I was made to be a clinician. I decided to look at potential employers differently and started interviewing them. How would they enhance my natural gifts and promote my learning in a safe, non-judgmental environment? I created a method of interviewing. I got crystal clear on what my non-negotiables were. Since then, I have found a clinical job that allows me the autonomy I have always desired. I practice in a way that I am proud of.

Thrive in the OP ™ was created throughout the pandemic. It is a program that has lived in my heart since 2018, and the pandemic was the extra push I needed to complete the course. This community-based course is everything that I wish I had throughout my career. The program was created to bridge the gap between the education that we receive in hygiene school and real-world application. It is designed to equip the clinician with every single clinical, business, communication, and science that I have learned in the past 12 years of my dental hygiene career. In addition, there is weekly coaching apart from the membership, so you literally have all your questions answered. This is a lifetime membership program, so as modules are added, you can access them.

Thrive in the OP ™

Thrive in the OP®

I’ve always been the dental hygienist that comes into work bubbly and excited to start the day. There was a season of my clinical career where I found it extremely challenging to be myself. After two consecutive employers who did not align with the standards of treating periodontal disease, I felt defeated. I would recommend treatment as advised by the AAP, ADA, and ADHA by my peers down the hall who would not practice the same way. After practicing for three years, I was told, “you will get used to the real world honey, you are too passionate, don’t tell the patients their gums are bleeding, you’re too high energy tame it down, you’re young, you haven’t learned yet.” I feared what my office moves would do to my resume. I had changed offices two times in 2.5 years. I didn’t want to stay in a toxic work environment where the office manager would stand outside of my room and question why I didn’t recommend whitening services to the 83-year-old.

I thought long and hard about leaving the op. A small voice kept reminding me that I was made to be a clinician. I decided to look at potential employers differently and started interviewing them. How would they enhance my natural gifts and promote my learning in a safe, non-judgmental environment? I created a method of interviewing. I got crystal clear on what my non-negotiables were. Since then, I have found a clinical job that allows me the autonomy I have always desired. I practice in a way that I am proud of.

Thrive in the OP ™ was created throughout the pandemic. It is a program that has lived in my heart since 2018, and the pandemic was the extra push I needed to complete the course. This community-based course is everything that I wish I had throughout my career. The program was created to bridge the gap between the education that we receive in hygiene school and real-world application. It is designed to equip the clinician with every single clinical, business, communication, and science that I have learned in the past 12 years of my dental hygiene career. In addition, there is weekly coaching apart from the membership, so you literally have all your questions answered. This is a lifetime membership program, so as modules are added, you can access them.

Thrive in the OP ™

Thrive in the OP®

I’ve always been the dental hygienist that comes into work bubbly and excited to start the day. There was a season of my clinical career where I found it extremely challenging to be myself. After two consecutive employers who did not align with the standards of treating periodontal disease, I felt defeated. I would recommend treatment as advised by the AAP, ADA, and ADHA by my peers down the hall who would not practice the same way. After practicing for three years, I was told, “you will get used to the real world honey, you are too passionate, don’t tell the patients their gums are bleeding, you’re too high energy tame it down, you’re young, you haven’t learned yet.” I feared what my office moves would do to my resume. I had changed offices two times in 2.5 years. I didn’t want to stay in a toxic work environment where the office manager would stand outside of my room and question why I didn’t recommend whitening services to the 83-year-old.

I thought long and hard about leaving the op. A small voice kept reminding me that I was made to be a clinician. I decided to look at potential employers differently and started interviewing them. How would they enhance my natural gifts and promote my learning in a safe, non-judgmental environment? I created a method of interviewing. I got crystal clear on what my non-negotiables were. Since then, I have found a clinical job that allows me the autonomy I have always desired. I practice in a way that I am proud of.

Thrive in the OP ™ was created throughout the pandemic. It is a program that has lived in my heart since 2018, and the pandemic was the extra push I needed to complete the course. This community-based course is everything that I wish I had throughout my career. The program was created to bridge the gap between the education that we receive in hygiene school and real-world application. It is designed to equip the clinician with every single clinical, business, communication, and science that I have learned in the past 12 years of my dental hygiene career. In addition, there is weekly coaching apart from the membership, so you literally have all your questions answered. This is a lifetime membership program, so as modules are added, you can access them.

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