Dental hygiene instructor brings nearly two decades of experience in dentistry and periodontics to the classroom

Before taking on her role as a full-time dental hygiene instructor at Georgia Highlands College (GHC), Alania Henderson spent nearly two decades working in general dentistry and periodontics, including six years of mission-based dentistry in Central America.

Serving with the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission for the first two years in Central America, Henderson worked with U.S.-based medical and dental teams that traveled to Honduras to serve the people in remote locations throughout the country.

After the first two years, Henderson and her husband served with an International Church in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, during which she partnered with local clinics and mission-based organizations to provide dental care.

She brings her nearly two decades of experience to her role at GHC along with an ongoing desire to help others.

“I have always been passionate about my profession and want to give back to the profession through teaching future hygienists,” Henderson said. “Serving as an instructor also encourages personal growth as I will continue to invest in continued education.”

Henderson earned an Associate of Applied Technology in Dental Hygiene from West Central Technical College in 2002, a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Georgia Highlands College in 2017 and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2019.

As a GHC alumna, Henderson said she has always been impressed with all aspects of the college.

“A team-oriented work environment is evident at GHC, and I am honored for the opportunity to grow alongside such a wonderful group of educators,” Henderson said.

Henderson is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and enjoys spending time with her family, including her new grandson.