The Association for Oral Health Therapists (AOHT) Singapore is proud to present to you our council members for YR2020-2022. Our Mission is “To be the one voice representing Oral Health Therapists in Singapore”. Our Vision is “To be recognized nationwide as an integral part of the dental team”.
The Association is an inclusive body, believing firmly on forging long-term partnerships with Dental Professionals and Dental Businesses locally and globally. We seek to excel through Professional Development and Continuing Education programs.
We are also open to receiving feedback and work with reliable partners to enhance the profession and ensure that decisions made is for the betterment of the dental fraternity in Singapore.
MEET OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS
Janelle Joy Foo Yan Ming
The President of the Association for Oral Health Therapists (AOHT) Singapore is to support and promote the Oral Health Therapy profession locally and internationally.
She is one who stands by the Association’s Mission and Vision statement. She works together with a group of passionate fellow Oral Health Therapists within the Council Board to share current knowledge, discuss pertinent issues and make concrete decisions on behalf of OHTs in Singapore.
As the Chair of the Professional Outreach committee, she establishes and develop relations with other dental and non-dental professional bodies in Singapore and worldwide. In addition, she is involved in annual journal publication and finds opportunities for clinical research.
Janelle has been with the Association since its inception. In 2019, she was the Academic chairperson, organizing major regional and international conferences before being elected as President.
She graduated in the top 5% of her cohort and was awarded the Diploma with Merit and the Q&M Dental Group Silver Medal for her accolades.
As it is in her interest to give back, she is also an adjunct lecturer to the next generation of Oral Health Therapists in-the-making. More recently, she has been nominated as a council member of the Singapore Dental Council.
Her passion for the profession has risen through the pandemic, yet she continues pressing forward with her team to take the OHT profession to another level.
Her encouragement to our fellow OHTs:
The Association consists of each & everyone of us and your unwavering support makes all the difference. Let’s progress together as one! “When we run alone, we run fast. When we run together, we run FAR.” -Zambian Proverb
Amedah Soh Wen Pei
The Vice-President supports the President in his role. She provides sound advice and a contributes significantly to the enhancement of the OHT Profession. She has the legislative power to make informed decisions when the President is unable to participate in events.
The Vice-President is involved in official meetings with international counterparts and forms partnerships with other Healthcare Professionals. As the head of the Academic committee, Amedah develops and organizes formal and informal courses related to Oral Health Therapy. She works closely with dental stakeholders in the development of courses required.
Amedah graduated in 2019. She was top in the class and also awarded the Clinical Prize from SDA, Gold medal from the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award.
Having actively participated in AOHT as a student member, it is in her interest to join the council and contribute in greater heights.
Her 1st year in the council saw her successfully chairing the inaugural SOHTC 2020 webinar. As a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association Singapore, she hopes to bridge the two associations' more proactive collaborative works.
To her, being an OHT was a dream come true. Her experiences in the early years as a school dental therapist constantly served as a reminder for her to become a better clinician, hoping to guide and elevate oral hygiene awareness.
Deanna Lim Min
The Treasurer receives monetary payments for new or renewed memberships, payments from events organized by AOHT and releases necessary expenditure with informed consent from Council members.
She is responsible for the financial in-and-outflow of transactions within the Association. She seeks the advice from the Council before making payments, especially to external vendors. She also reports the Statement of Income & Expenditure as well as the Statement of Financial position of the Association during every council meeting conducted (monthly).
Deanna graduated in 2017. Upon graduation, she has worked in both private and institutions as a clinician. She also obtained a Diploma in Business Management (Accounting & Finance) in 2018 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Oral Health) at Curtin University in 2021.
As an undergraduate, being in the Oral Health Therapist profession was not born out of passion however, over the years, Deanna has grown to love the work she does and endeavours to do more for the community.
Having spent 2 years in Australia, Deanna was invited to the Australian community of Oral Health Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists. Inspired by their enthusiasm and dedication to the profession in Australia, Deanna decided to join the AOHT when she came back to Singapore. Deanna hopes to contribute and grow the OHT profession locally and hopes that more OHTs would join in this meaningful work together.
A Secretary takes on the role as a guardian of the processes of meetings in formal meetings. She usually arrange for meetings, arrange Annual General Meetings, and keep formal records of the Association’s processes and decisions: such as the minutes of meeting.
She is heavily involved in organizing Community Involvement Programmes (CIP) amongst AOHT members. Her role is to raise awareness of the OHT profession amongst the general public, and promote oral health for the community.
The Ethics committee handles the application of professional licenses for OHTs, and will assist in liaising with Insurance Company. They assist the Welfare committee to ensure that the membership and indemnity forms are completed.
The AOHT currently engages the QBE Insurance Group for Dental Protection License.
Kaiwei graduated from the pioneer cohort of the Oral Health Therapy course in 2006. She graduated at the top of her class and received the Gold Medal Award by HPB. Since then, she has worked as a clinician in both private practices and public institutions. She was heavily involved in the formative years of the Association (which was called “OHT Alumni” then) and has been a key member of the official establishment of the Association for Oral Health Therapists (Singapore).
Kaiwei is also a committee member of the Singapore Dental Health Foundation and has been a volunteer at Ju Eng Home for the Elderly since 2014.
Kaiwei is proud to be an OHT and hopes more people are able to appreciate this view and profession.
The Publicity committee assists in matters related to the AOHT and the Oral Health Therapist Profession to the public. They are also in-charge of international correspondences with speakers and sponsors.
They ensure logistical arrangements are made during AOHT-organised events/activities.
Ethel graduated in 2018 and has been practicing since at private practices where it has given her numerous opportunities to see a wide variety of patients - from toddlers to the elderly.
As a student member, she has been helping with the yearly congress organized by the AOHT. Her active participation has given her the opportunity to reach out to dental professionals in the fraternity and help increase awareness of the profession.
Being a part of the AOHT council has given her great insights about the endless possibilities and has allowed her to create connections with OHTs from all around the world.
As a strong advocate for oral health, she has spoken and shared her dental knowledge with students both at Nanyang Polytechnic as well as children at MOE Kindergarten. She strongly believes that no one should be deprived of receiving dental care and with that, she is now working with a non-profit organization to ensure that patients with special needs and the less fortunate have their basic dental needs met.
Yap Xin Ying
Membership and Welfare Manager
The Membership committee organizes activities to engage members of Associations. E.g., welcome tea for new graduates, annual welfare event for members etc. They also handle membership related matters such as registration, renewal, recruitment drive etc. In addition to that, she maintains an up-to-date register of members at all times.
Xin Ying graduated in 2008 and has worked in both private practices and public institutions. She believes in improving oneself and subsequently graduated with a Bachlor in Psychology and Business Management.
She is involved in the Professional Development workgroup and has regularly helped out in the Certificate of Competency Course in 3-Dimensional Intra-oral scanning organised by the AOHT.
Xin Ying is also an appointed member of the Oral Health Therapist Accreditation Committee with Singapore Dental Council and strongly believes that OHTs are a valuable member of the dental team.
She hopes that the OHTs can eventually contribute clinically more to our society especially in Geriatric and Special Needs care.
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Chen Qing Xiang
QingXiang graduated in 2021 and was awarded a Diploma in Oral Health Therapy with Merit. She was top in her cohort and was presented with the Gold Medal Award by HPB.
QingXiang enjoys seeing patients from all walks of life. She is also motivated to be the catalyst between patients and helping them attain optimal oral health.
AOHT had been actively reaching out and sourcing for more passionate, ambitious and youthful individuals to join the journey of making our profession even more established. QingXiang was inevitably inspired by the stories of pioneer council members and hence joined the team of people she admires and she hopes to reach out to future undergraduates.
QingXiang aspires to gain more recognition for OHTs in Singapore and the future will have her part to play.
Kwan Yi Yan
Yi Yan graduated in 2021. She was awarded the Best Clinical Prize from Singapore Dental Association, Bronze medal Award from AOHT, the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award, and she was also in the Director’s List for 4 semesters with a few other Edusave awards.
She has been a student member since her undergraduate days and has endeavoured to contribute back as an active council member since graduation. She helps to publicise all AOHT-organized events including the recent Asia Pacific Oral Health Congress 2021 through social media posts!
She hopes to contribute to the growth of this profession and achieve greater heights with the Association.
Ashwani graduated in 2011. She was awarded a sponsorship with HPB during her undergraduate days. After which, she served her bond for two years working alongside Dental Therapists to educate and treat primary and tertiary school children. After her stint in the government sector, she ventured out into private practice.
Ash is currently a senior OHT at a reputable GP practice, working alongside an extensive team of dentists and OHTs. An entire decade being an OHT has not only brought her immense joy but also a sense of fulfilment. She joined the AOHT council hoping to be an asset to the team that constantly strives to create better opportunities for OHTs and also to be a voice for her peers.
Valerie See Huixin
Valerie graduated in 2020 and has since been working in the private sector. Valerie was involved in the National Oral Health Survey that was conducted from 2019-2020.
Valerie has volunteered in multiple overseas trips with various organisations, including AOHT, going abroad to help the disadvantaged community with their oral hygiene and daily care routine.
Valerie was a student member of AOHT before joining the association and has held many leadership roles both in and out of school.
Valerie enjoys contributing to the community and has been doing it since young. She hopes she can continue to add more insights and contribute to this young budding profession.