Meet the 2024 World Dental Hygienist Awards Winners

May 8, 2024

Sunstar Oral Health, part of Sunstar, in partnership with the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), has announced the winners of the 6th edition of the World Dental Hygienist Awards.

The awards, supported by the Sunstar Foundation, celebrate and recognize the achievements of dental hygienists worldwide and were originally established in 2007.

Meet the winners:

Federica d’Anteo


Category: Public Health

Dental Hygienist at II Centro Dentale s.a.s, in Cavaria con Premezzo and author

Therèse Elkerbout

The Netherlands

Category: Research

Dental Hygienist and Clinical Epidemiologist at the Academic Center for Dentistry, Amsterdam

Juhwa Lee

South Korea

Category: Entrepreneur

Dental Hygienist, Master, Hiroshima University, Graduate School

Lorella Mengarelli


Category: Full-time clinician

Dental Hygienist at Studio Tiozzi Ferroni in Cesenatico

Brittany Glauz

United States

Category: New RDH

Dental Hygienist, Creator of Brush with Britt Podcast, Speaker and Writer

Gianna Maria Nardi


Category: Academia

Dental Hygienist and Associate Professor at Sapienza University

Mayumi Kaneda, Director of the Sunstar Foundation
First of all, we want to congratulate all the winners! We are extremely proud to see your work and impressive contributions to the profession. We look forward to celebrating together at the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene in Seoul

The selection process

The selection of winners consisted of two parts. All nominations were judged by an international committee of independent dental hygienists formed by Ellen Bol - Van den Hil (Director of Dutch Dental Hygienists Association), Hanan Abdalla Tahir (President of Emirates Dental Hygienists Club), Wendy Stewart (Past President, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association), Donna Paton (IFDH Treasurer), Shaymaa Alreefy (Emirates Dental Hygienist Club), Sharon Friedman Yaniv (IFDH Secretary), Fouzieh Eliassy (IFDH Treasurer) and Jill Rethman (IFDH President-Elect), which accounted for 50% of the total score. The other half was taken from ‘likes’ accumulated on the one-minute videos submitted by the winners and published on the Sunstar Oral Health YouTube channel.

The Award Ceremony

The World Dental Hygienist Award Ceremony will be hosted on July 12, 2024 during the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene. Winners will receive a trophy, a monetary prize USD 1,500, and an all-paid expenses trip and registration to ISDH Seoul.