Dental Hygiene

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Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Department Page

The Taft College Dental Hygiene program has sought to inspire and teach dental hygiene care that is comprehensive in its technical excellence and in its orientation to an awareness of the total health needs of the individual patient.

The Taft College Dental Hygiene program gives students the knowledge, experience, and educational requirements necessary to take the state and national board examinations. As the world’s understanding of preventive and restorative oral health care grows, so does the need for oral health professionals.  Taft College Dental Hygiene graduates are in demand.


Faculty & Staff


  • Vickie Kimbrough, PhD, MBA, RDH


  • Christi Adriano, MEd, BS, RDH
  • Bette Aycock, BS, RDH
  • Diana Champion, BS, RDH
  • Yvonne Chairez, BA, RDH
  • Rebecca Dodson, BSDH, RDH
  • Gina Gardner, MEd, BSDH, RDH
  • Eric Hershkowitz, DDS
  • Joseph Nunez, DDS
  • Kelly Ward, BSDH, RDH


  • Alex Omega, MA


  • Michele Matthews, AS


ACCREDITATION – Taft College Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  The next accreditation visit is Feb 1-2, 2024.

Commission on Dental Accreditation 


To submit Third Party Comments related to the Standards for Dental Hygiene Education or a complaint, please see the Commission on Dental Accreditation Third Part Comment PDF     third_party form

The program is approved by the Dental Hygiene Board of California.