ADHA 2017-2018 Past President 

Betty Kabel, RDH, BS, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was the 2016-2017 President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).

A member of the ADHA since 1992, Kabel has served in leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. She was the original founder of her local component, the Emerald Coast DHA, in 1998. In 1997-1998, Kabel was named president of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA), and she served as the organization’s legislative chair from 1998 to 2012. Kabel served as District IV trustee from 2012 to 2014, and has been a member of the ADHA Executive Committee since 2013. She also served as the board advisor to the Council on Education from 2012 to 2014.

Kabel attended Florida’s Pensacola Junior College, earning her Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene in 1987. She then graduated with honors in 1993 from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in program development.

Currently, Kabel manages a dental outreach program for a federally qualified health center in Florida, a center where she developed and implemented a school-based prevention program that provides preventive services and dental outreach to elementary school children. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member at Pensacola Junior College and professional educator with Philips Oral Healthcare. She has been honored several times for her effort to improve oral and overall health, including the FDHA Distinguished Service Award in 2013, as well as the ADHA Discus Dental Distinguished Service Award in 2007.