Casey Hein, BSDH, RDH, MBA
With over has over 40 years’ experience as a dental hygienist in private practice, public health, education, and government, Casey Hein is an internationally-recognized speaker and a well-published author including over one hundred scientific articles, consensus reports, white papers, and textbook chapters. She first began speaking about periodontal-systemic links in 2003, and in 2006, she founded (and became the Chief Editor) of the first publication on oral-systemic medicine: Grand Rounds in Oral- Systemic Medicine. As a pioneer in and advocate for incorporating periodontal-systemic links into everyday patient care in both medicine and dentistry, she is credited as a visionary in establishing models for dental-medical collaboration in oral health care.
In July 2018, Casey retired from her decade-long appointments at the College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, where she was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Director of Education of the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health. At the University she led a team in the development of her vision for the first comprehensive curriculum about oral health for physicians, nurses and other non-dental healthcare providers (Oral-Systemic Health Education for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers), which won for the University of Manitoba the prestigious William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation. She also led programming in oral-systemic health, “Make the Connection” in 2014, which brought together physicians, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, and diabetes educators, among other disciplines, and won the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Award for Innovation.
Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from West Virginia University, a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University and maintains a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Dental Hygiene. She was accepted into the National Speakers’ Association in 2008, and she has been continuously voted among Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians/Consultants in Continuing Education since 2006.