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The care her vulnerable patients need

Nov. 29, 2022
Jennifer Barrow's soft touch encouraged one oral cancer patient to keep his appointments. Jennifer also serves as an inspiration to her fellow hygienists.

Each week the RDH PIRA (Patient Impact & Rise Above) recognition program, sponsored by Water Pik, Inc., features a dental hygiene clinician who excels in his or her role and goes the extra mile. The past two and a half years have been a challenge for many clinicians and as we return to the operatory, we want to acknowledge those who provide patient care—clinicians who are changing their patients’ lives, influencing their patients’ health, and making a difference every day. This week we honor Jennifer Barrow, RDH.

“Jennifer Barrow is an outstanding dental hygienist and very professional. She has been a dental hygienist for more than 29 years and is always eager to learn something new. She has inspired me to follow my passion for dental hygiene and has advocated for me along the way.

“Jennifer has been my coworker as well as my hygienist for the past few years, and I’ve always looked up to her. Patients request her as their hygienist because of her outstanding professionalism and gentle touch during instrumenting. She is always up for a challenge and for helping others.

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“Our office has a patient who suffered from oral cancer and lost half his tongue. He was difficult to treat due to his sensitivity, and he had trouble keeping his mouth clean. I was always happy to assist Jennifer with suctioning this patient because I learned so much during each visit. I observed everything she did during this patient’s appointments. He avoided coming into the office because cleanings were so uncomfortable for him, but once Jennifer became his hygienist, he was at every recall appointment, and he showed significant oral improvements. 

“Jennifer truly is an outstanding dental hygienist who deserves to be recognized. Our field is lucky to have her!” 

Jennifer Barrow, CRDH, graduated from Palm Beach Community College in 1993. In 1995 she moved to the Florida Keys with her husband and continued her career in dental hygiene. As a mother of three daughters, including one with special needs, dental hygiene provided the flexible scheduling she needed to raise her girls. 

In 2021, Jennifer continued her training at the University of Florida and received her license to deliver local anesthesia. Currently, she works with two general dentists and a periodontist, and she also participates in a dental sealant program for community school children. Jennifer has enjoyed her career in dental hygiene, which has given her the opportunity to serve her family and community for many years.

Visit the PIRA website to nominate someone today! Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from many outstanding and qualified colleagues!