Clinical Educators

Clinical Educator Team

L. Whitney Howerton, RDH, MDH, Clinical Education Manager

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Whitney has shown her dedication to the dental hygiene profession through multiple leadership roles on a local, state, and national level. She recently completed her Masters in Dental Hygiene from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Whitney worked full time as a clinical and didactic instructor teaching a wide variety of courses including local anesthesia, head, neck and dental anatomy, special patient care, and advanced instrumentation. Whitney has been featured in familiar dental hygiene publications like Access and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. She is a past recipient of the Esther Wilkins Future Leader award and a proud member of the ADHA and ADEA. Whitney enjoys speaking professionally in many settings and is eager to share her love for American Eagle Instruments with you! 

DeeAnne Ashcroft, BSDH, MPH

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DeeAnne graduated from Loma Linda University in 1974 with a BSDH, and completed a Master's in Public Health from her Alma Mater 10 years later.  With 44 years in the field, DeeAnne has had the opportunity to develop expert clinical skills in a broad range of clinical practice settings, including General Practice, Prosthodontics and six years of clinical practice in periodontal specialty settings.

From 2008-2015, DeeAnne achieved one of her lifetime career goals when she became Dental Hygiene Program Director for Carrington College-Portland. In additional to administrative duties, DeeAnne enjoyed teaching the didactic courses of General & Oral Pathology, Community Dental Health, Dental Specialties, Scientific Methods, Radiology and PreClinic.  DeeAnne now provides temp coverage for clinical dental hygiene and has enthusiastically embraced her most recent role with American Eagle Instruments, as a Clinical Educator. 

Over the years DeeAnne has been active in various leaderships positions, at the state and component level of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, along with membership in and currently serves as President of the Marion County Dental Hygiene Study Club.  

​Kendra McKune, MS, BS, RDH

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Kendra has been in dentistry since she was 17 years old.  She has evolved from a dental assistant, clinical dental hygienist, dental hygiene educator, speaker, and product reviewer. Her passion is the oral systemic health link and expanding the scope of dental hygiene practice to increase quality of care to the public.  She is currently completing her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. Her thesis focuses on diabetes and interprofessional education. She enjoys volunteering at local and regional dental clinics and is active with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and recently was voted Volunteer of the Year. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. 

Lani McBeth, BSDH

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Lani is a veteran dental hygienist with 31 years of clinical experience. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1981 with a BSDH. She was awarded both the top clinician and top table clinic of her class. In her career she has had the opportunity to work in both general and periodontal offices. She returned back to school to become a certified expanded function dental hygienist. Through the years she has held leadership  positions in her local component and received the Arizona Dental Hygienist of the Year. Most recently she has been an educator of a local anesthetic tool. She has personally been using American Eagle's XP Sharpen-Free instruments for the last 12 years and is excited to be on the clinical educator team to bring her knowledge and experience to other professionals. She currently holds memberships in the ADHA and the AAOSH.

Dara Flores, RDH, MS

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Since starting her career in dentistry over 10 years ago, Dara has acquired a strong passion for educating those in the dental hygiene profession. She graduated from Sinclair Community College where she received Hu-Friedy’s “Golden Scaler Award” for top clinical skills in her class. While working as a dental hygienist, Dara has obtained a BSDH from The Oregon Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Public and Community Health Education from The University of Cincinnati. She has spent her time as a hygienist in both clinical practice and as an adjunct instructor at her Alma Mater. Dara has taught a variety of courses to dental hygiene students including instrumentation, local anesthesia and intro to dental hygiene. She is a proud member of the ADHA and actively volunteers locally and aboard. Dara has been using American Eagle XP Sharpen-Free technology in the field for over 5 years. Through her own experiences she truly understands what quality instruments can do for clinicians and their patients. She is excited to share her knowledge of AEI with you! 

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Are you interested in learning more about XP Technology or any of American Eagle Instruments' products? Call us at 800-551-5172 or send us an e-mail at education@am-eagle.com to schedule a webinar or hands-on course today!