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We at DSO Hygiene Excellence have started a National Organization to redefine and elevate the profession of Dental Hygiene in DSO Dental Offices across the nation.


Our goals are to: 

  • Build leaders who understand the business side of dentistry in order to elevate patient outcomes,

  • Realize the asset of having a vision driven Dental Hygiene practice inside the DSO, based on oral health as an extension of overall health and

  • Develop Dental Hygienists that see themselves as a part of a team that facilitates positive interactions with staff members and patients. 

The completion of the DSO Hygiene Excellence certification will lead to accreditation as a DSO Hygiene Excellence Diplomat. These Diplomats will have the skills needed to understand the big picture in the DSO space and will lead with an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, business and patient advocacy.

DSO Hygiene Excellence

 National Organization

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 DSO Hygiene Excellence

Diplomat Certification

Taking your profession and passion to the next level

The Diplomat Certification program has been developed for hygienists who want to elevate the profession of Dental Hygiene. We created 5 Pillars:  Leadership, Diplomacy/Teamwork, Dental/Medical Synergy, Clinical Excellence and Business Excellence.


In order to achieve Diplomat status you will need to complete all 5 pillars.

Diplomacy/ Teamwork

Be a leader in your profession and in your life.

Learn how to deal with others in a sensitive and effective way.

Business Excellence

Bridge the gap between dental and medical risks factors.

Assure best patient outcomes in prevention and treatment.

Learn what you need to know about the business side of your practice.

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About Us

Sarah Varney RDH BSDH

Christine Diehl RDH BGS

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Registered Dental Hygienist with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree, employed by Kendall Pointe Dental since 1988. Received an Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene degree in 1995 from Parkland College in Champaign, IL and graduated with Honors from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT with a Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene degree in 2008.

Obtained certifications: Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2003, an Associate Fellowship and Dental Laser Certification, World Clinical Laser Institute in 2004, Ultimate Soft Tissue Laser Certification, World Clinical Laser Institute in 2013, Administer and Monitor Nitrous Oxide, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2010, Inspired Hygiene Mastermind Member and Advanced Periodontal Coach in 2011. Member of the Illinois Dental Hygiene Association and the academic honorary society, Phi Kappa Phi. In 2008, became the charter recipient of the Irene Newman award.

In June 2019, Founded and became the Program Director for CE2 at DecisionOne Dental.

Applied to the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business, Executive MBA program in May 2019. Received admissions in August 2019 into the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business, Executive MBA program, Chicago campus, Class of 2021.

June 2020, CEO and Founder of DSO Hygiene Excellence, an organization of dental hygienists in the pursuit of excellence in patient care within the DSO space with an emphasis on leadership, business and national collaboration with other like-minded hygienists to elevate our profession and patient outcomes.


I have 28 years of clinical Dental Hygiene experience. I practice a patient centered approach with an emphasis on the oral systemic connection. I graduated from Parkland College with my degree in Dental Hygiene and a BGS from Northern Illinois University. Over my career I have attended a multitude of continuing education, including the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2003 and received an Associate Fellowship from the World Clinical Laser Institute. In 2007, CO-Founder White Velocity, a tooth whitening company, with two other hygienists. We sold exclusively through high end salons and spas. This venture gave me an appreciation of the business side of dentistry. In 2019, Founded CE2 at Decision One Dental.

June 2020 Founder and CEO of DSO Hygiene Excellence. My goal is to elevate the profession of dental hygiene by giving hygienists the tools needed to be the Best!


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