We had the good fortune of connecting with Briana Bonney and Chelsea Moorman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Briana Bonney and Chelsea Moorman, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
We started The Lazy Hygienist (TLH) to empower dental hygienists to work smarter and not harder. There are so many requirements to keep our licenses current and it is often difficult to keep track of – or even to figure out where to look to find the answers. We both have been on the board of directors for the Dallas Dental Hygienist’s Association since we graduated and have not only been mentored on how to host continuing education events, but have become accustomed to answering questions hygienists in our area have about dental practice laws and license renewal requirements. Hearing the same questions over and over again, we kept telling ourselves – THERE HAS TO BE AN EASIER WAY TO DO THIS. The goal of TLH is to provide a centralized location to find the answers to these questions, resources on completing requirements, and information on office compliance all while promoting the importance of being a member of our professional organization. We offer services, such as CPR renewals and self-study courses, that our professional organization is unable to provide at this time. We are passionate about providing resources to hygienists who are perhaps new graduates and unsure of how to navigate working in a dental office for the first time, seasoned hygienists who are looking for something to inspire them and re-new their love of dental hygiene, busy hygienists who just need an easy way to keep track of everything, and everyone in between! To us, laziness isn’t about what we aren’t doing; Laziness is the choices we make to simplify the things we can in order to focus more on the aspects of our lives and careers that are the most important to us.

What should our readers know about your business?
Our goal is to be able to provide everything a hygienist needs to renew their license, all in one easy place. We are currently accredited by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene to provide continuing education, and will host a variety of live courses as well as post self-study courses on our website for hygienists to take at their convenience. We are CPR Instructor certified and are able to provide both introductory and renewal BLS CPR classes. We offer a variety of downloadable forms, protocols, and manuals to help make office compliance easier. We are currently working on being approved to provide Human Trafficking Prevention and OSHA/HIPAA courses. In addition to the requirements themselves, we aim to be key opinion leaders in the industry to encourage hygienists to be the best versions of themselves – for them and for their patients or students. Most of us joined the profession to help others which can make it easy to forget to help ourselves. We are finding ourselves lost or burn-out – but it doesn’t have to be that way and we can help by simplifying the process.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Starting off with coffee is a must for both us, and we love Dutch Bros (but make Breezy’s a decaf!). We are Tex-Mex girlies and always up for chips and queso. Torchy’s has one of our favorite queso recipes which was one of the things that got us through our presidencies of DDHA. Pizza is a close send. We loved Greenville Avenue Pizza Company in Richardson because of it’s great food and enough table space that we were able to play a game while we waited (Chelsea always has at least one game in her purse ready to go). If we are hanging out in Rockwall, you will likely find us at Siren Rock Brewery for a beer and some pretzel bites. If we’re still hungry after that we may stop by Onassis for Greek food or Casa Mama for Mexican. After dinner, Breezy may make us do an Escape Rooms, and if she hasn’t done all of them in our area then she’s pretty dang close. Or you may find us listening to live music – our friend and fellow RDH is an actual rockstar of a local band, Against All Odds. At the end of the night, if you ask us if we want dessert, we will most definitely say yes – unless it’s after 9 and we are ready for bed… but even then we will still probably say yes, especially if Crumbl is still open.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We absolutely would not be where we are today without the support system we have acquired over the last (almost!) 10 years of our dental hygiene careers. Firstly, the faculty members who encouraged us to be leaders in our community – especially Keri Pearson, who encouraged us to join the DDHA board, and Lisa Mallonee, who was our faculty advisor and cheerleader from day one of hygiene school. Secondly, the DDHA board members who inspired us to grow in our leadership positions – there are too many to name here but we hope you know how special y’all are to us! As well as those that taught us how to navigate through the professional world – thank you for taking us under your wings, Alison and Cindy. Next, are our employers who took a chance on us and continue to support and encourage us in all avenues of our lives – we love you Dr. Clemetson, Dr. Keisha, Dr. Choate and Leigh Ann Nurick and thank you for being our biggest fans! And lastly, the two of us are continually overwhelmed by the love and support from our incredible husbands, families, and friends.

Website: www.thelazyhygienist.com

Instagram: @thelazyhygienist

Facebook: The Lazy Hygienist, LLC

Image Credits
Tammy Molnar

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