Esther Wilkins Alumni Award


Ann-Marie Cusato DePalma, RDH, MEd, FADIA, FAADH

Ann-Marie is a 1978 graduate of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene who has experienced the role of dental hygienist not only as a clinician, but also as an educator and a TMD advocate. She has led a decorated career since her time at Forsyth that has been woven together by her dedication to her profession as well as education, public service, and leadership.

Ann-Marie’s commitment to dental hygiene education and beyond has been a hallmark of her career. In addition to the continuing education programs she has developed and presents for hygienists and dental team members, she received her Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. Ann-Marie is a Fellow and Certified Educator of the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications and writes a monthly continuing education column for RDH Magazine/PennWell Publishing.  She has held several positions in the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association and is active in her local community. 

Ann-Marie is following her calling as an educator in her current position as a Technology Advisor at Patterson Dental, where she strives to integrate technology into dental practices in an effort to enhance practice management and patient experiences.

Thank you, Ann-Marie, for your contributions to the field of dental hygiene!