Health care spotlight

August 16, 2010
  • Graduates in HCC's dental assisting program are, bottom row from left, Courtney Sanders, Amanda Willow, Dana Temple and Destiny Grimm; and top row from left, Brandi Bridgett, Bethany Coyle, Kimberly Kesner, Allison Donovan, Dana Mills, and Rachel Dawson. Not pictured is Christine Elliott.
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Heath department employee of the quarter

Nancy Pearson has been chosen to be the Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2010. Ms. Pearson has been employed by the Health Department since 2006, working in the school health program as a Program Supervisor. Her selection reflects an acknowledgment of her contribution to the welfare of the community by organizing and overseeing the 2009 elementary school-based influenza vaccination campaign. This campaign, making use of nearly a hundred Health Department health are workers as well as Washington County Public Schools staff, administered 5,579 doses of vaccine to 3,500 students in 27 public and seven private schools during the height of flu activity in the 200910 season.

HCC graduates first group of dental assisting students

Hagerstown Community College announced the graduation of its first group of students in the dental assisting program.

Graduates were honored at a special ceremony June 30. Following remarks from Theresa Marks, HCC instructor for dental assisting/hygiene, attendees heard from Angela Stoops, director, health sciences; Judith Oleks, vice president of academic affairs; Donna Rudy, dean of students affairs; and keynote speaker Robert Steiner, DDS, an adjunct faculty member for the dental assisting program. Graduates included: Brandi Bridgett and Dana Mills, of Boonsboro; Bethany Coyle, of Cascade; Kimberly Kesner, of Greencastle, Pa.; Allison Donovan, Destiny Grimm and Amanda Willow, of Hagerstown; Christine Elliott, of Maugansville; Courtney Sanders, of Mercersburg, Pa.; Rachel Dawson, of Smithsburg; and Dana Temple, of Waynesboro, Pa.


HCC's dental assisting program began fall 2009. For more information about the program, contact Theresa Marks at 301-790-2800, ext. 507, or e-mail

Therapist Hodges joins Harvest Moon Studio

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -Massage Therapist Karen Hodges recently joined Harvest Moon Studio Massage and Facials in Waynesboro. A member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Hodges is trained in Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, Esalen and pain management massage.

Hodges has been a therapist in various spas in the area including Tranquility in Hagerstown, Synergy in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and provides in-room sessions for guests at the Cascade Inn in Cascade. She also volunteers annually for The Great Bicycle Tour for San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro.

Karen is a 2003 graduate of Synergy Healing Arts Center and Massage School and has been on the school staff as a teacher assistant.

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