2016-2017 SCDHA Officers


Nancy Johnston, RDH

Columbia, SC



Nancy is a Midlands Technical College graduate, 1987.    

She joined Health Promotion Specialists in 2005, currently serving as Professional Relations Coordinator for South Carolina’s first and largest school based sealant program. Nancy is an advocate for dental hygiene opportunities, participating in the development and oversight of government statute and regulations as they relate to small business, dentistry and the practice of dental hygiene.  


If you want to meet like-minded individuals, share your expertise with others and your community, or you just want to learn something, I invite you to contact me and explore SCDHA.    -Nancy


Bigger does not mean better. But better is how we get bigger.

Vice President





Theresa Edwards, RDH, CDA, DMRT

Greer, SC


Theresa has been a registered dental hygienist for the last eight years. Theresa graduated with Associate Degree in Health Sciences from Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina in the spring of 2008. Prior to going back school to further her education as a dental hygienist, she obtained a Degrees in Graphic Design and Fine Arts.


Theresa held the position of Vice President for the Student South Carolina Dental Hygiene Association while attending school. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. In addition to currently serving as the Secretary of the South Carolina Dental Hygiene Association Theresa is currently employed with Carolina Dental Group in Greenville, where she has worked for the past 7 years as a certified dental assistant and registered dental hygienist. Theresa attended TruDenta training at the Nova School of Dentistry, receiving her certification to become a dento mandibular rehab therapist, working along with Doctors Kevin and Scott Stoller, treating patients with TAU dysfunction and migraines.


She continues to enjoy seeking out advancements in the dental field to not only help fellow college advancements, but to serve and educate her patients to the fullest.


Shera Davis, RDH, BS

Travelers Rest, SC


Shera is a graduate of both the Medial University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina with a BS degree in Dental Hygiene and Dental Auxiliary Education.  Shera taught dental auxiliaries at the Medical College

of VA for 3 years.  She worked in private practice in Greenville, SC with Dr. Roy E. Strickland for 32 years and has continued in that same practice for the past 3 years with Dr. Chad and Dr. Jill Colson.   Shera has devoted her career to continuing her education in order to stay abreast in the ever-changing world

of dentistry.  She maintains that being actively involved in her dental hygiene associations with like-minded individuals has been a huge influence to her success in the practice of dental hygiene.   Her favorite quote to live by is,

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”.

Senior Delegate

Renee Spencer, RDH

Summerville, SC


Renee Gerber Spencer RCM has been active in dental hygiene since her first licensure in Pennsylvania in 1984 upon graduation from Williamsport Area Community College (now named Pennsylvania College of Technology). She practiced in and around her hometown in northern PA for a short while and then moved to North Carolina where she manned Jeffrey Spencer, her husband of 31 years. Renee found the North Carolina Dental Hygienists' Association (NCDHA) to be a great source of information as to the standard of care in the state, as well as a form of networking and eventual lob placement. While in NC, Renee was mentored and served the state as secretary and vice president, and held several positions on the local component levels in eastern NC and eventually central NC. She was also inducted into the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Academy of Advanced Studies (NCDHAAS) which advocates for continuing education above and beyond that which is expected and required by state law. During this period of time, Renee took on her most prestigious role as a mother of three children: Natalie, Nathan and Kelly. Throughout the births and raising of her children, Renee remained active in leadership with a true passion for membership and education while actively practicing hygiene and serving as adjunct faculty in three technical schools' accredited hygiene programs.

In 2004, Renee, Jeff, and their children relocated to South Carolina where Renee was eager to get involved with the South Carolina Dental Hygienists' Association (SCDHA). She connected to the hygiene standard of care in SC and immediately found herself drawn to the leadership in the component and state levels of the association. She served as a member of various committees and held several positions in Charleston Dental Hygienists' Association and eventually moved into state positions including Membership Chairperson and SCDHA Secretary. She served as SCDHA President from 2008-2010 and was selected to attend ADHA's Component Officer Workshop in Chicago while holding that office during this time. Renee continued active hygiene practice in three general practices and served as adjunct faculty at Trident Technical College's accredited hygiene program Renee has spoken to many of the state's hygiene schools on behalf of the association and at two schools' graduation/ pinning ceremonies as well as keynote speaker for the SCSADHA meeting in 2011. Practicing clinical hygiene five days a week Renee is currently serving her second term as Delegate to ADHA and has led as a District IV Reference Committee Chair for two years as well as a member of the Student Delegate Selection Committee.

In 2015, Renee was awarded the honor of receiving the Ralph E. Levine Award for Excellence as the South Carolina Dental Hygienist of the Year. Renee continues to champion for student involvement and membership and she faithfully attends and supports CDHA and SCDHA. In her spare time, Renee remains active in several church and community organizations, as well as serving on several university committees as her children pursue their post-secondary and graduate educations. Dental hygiene has been a wonderful career choice and has contributed to Renee's personal and professional development. The friendships and mentoring opportunities, as well as the bolstering to team and develop can only come through professional association membership. The future holds incredible potential for dental hygienists. There is no better way to keep abreast and advance than that through the hygienists' association Renee can be found at or (336)317-8113.

Junior Delegate

Daiphin R. Bober, RDH, CDA, BS

Summerville, SC



Daiphin has been a RDH since 1987. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. In 1997 she received her Teaching Certificate from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. She taught Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania for 13 years before moving to the Charleston, South Carolina area in 2015.

She has been an active member of the ADHA for the past 29 years, having served as President of the Rhode Island Dental Hygienists’ Association, Northeast Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association President, a Trustee on the Pennsylvania State Dental Hygiene Board, and CE/Corporate Sponsor Chair for PDHA Annual Session prior to relocating to the South Carolina in the Spring of 2015.

Daiphin currently works part time as a clinical Dental Hygienist in Summerville, South Carolina. She currently serves as  Junior Delegate and CE Chair for the South Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association. She has served as a Delegate to ADHA as RIDHA President as well as Delegate to ADHA as NPDHA President and truly has a passion for serving as a Delegate in a year round position. She is eager to network with other Delegates around the country throughout the year as well as at ADHA Annual Session. She looks forward to representing RDH's from South Carolina in her position of Junior Delegate for SCDHA on a national level.

In her spare time Daiphin enjoys travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband Steve and her beagle/basset hound puppy Addy.


Brenda Kinley

Summerville, SC


Brenda Kinley recently graduated from Greenville Technical College for Dental Hygiene in 2013. She is employed with two dental offices in the upstate.
Since graduating, Brenda has been an active member of the ADHA and enjoys being involved in the local associations. She is currently serving as the secretary of the Piedmont Dental Hygiene Association and has recently been appointed as editor of the South Carolina Dental Hygiene Association. 
In her spare time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, her boyfriend and Briggs, her Golden Retriever puppy.