The bagpipe featured on this month’s cover is a rather recent skill acquired by Joanne Glover. The 1969 graduate of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists was attending a memorial service in 2001. “As I listened and watched, the spirit of it moved me, so I spoke to the piper afterwards.”
She connected with a “teacher and supplier of all things bagpipes” and began a musical journey that led her to join a band called Creagan More.
“We perform in parades, graduations, and concerts,” she said.
Along the way, she discovered more about her Scottish ancestry through geneaology. “In 2007, I went to Scotland to walk in the footsteps of my ancestors. It was quite a pilgrimage, one that I will never forget.”
Glover practiced for 33 years with Dr. Eric Birmingham until he retired. For the last seven years, she has walked to work in Bedford to the office of Dr. Dianne Bridgeman. “Retirement is not in my immediate future,” she said.
“I attribute my longevity to careful attention to ergonomics and exercise,” Glover said. “I have practiced yoga since I was 21, walk, bike, have a monthly massage, and have chiropractic adjustments. Most importantly, I use an ergonomic chair, loupes, and headlight. I also have one hour for each adult patient. It makes all the difference.”
Her 60th birthday is Oct. 18. We wish her a happy one.
Cover & Cover Spotlight Photography
by Carlton SooHoo
Notable date: On June 16, 2009, she celebrated her 40th anniversary in dental hygiene
Spouse: Ted Carlson, married for 12 years
Children: Son, Ian, and daughter-in-law, Meghan
Travel: In addition to the trip to Scotland, Glover enjoys traveling to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in the family’s convertible “with the top down.”