Kristy Menage Bernie R.D.H., M.S., R.Y.T.


Kristy’s career in dental hygiene has exceeded 30 years and includes a diverse and unique set of experiences. Clinician, change agent, educator and advocate, include a few of the roles she has embraced. Although Kristy practiced clinically after graduating with honors from the University of Maryland, she was soon ‘discovered’ at an evening study club by a hygienist involved in sales.  She excelled at sales and after relocating to California, she co-founded Educational Designs, Inc. (EDI), an oral healthcare industry consulting company focused on evidence-based marketing strategies, expanding the role of the dental hygienist in the oral healthcare industry and life-long learning.

Kristy graduated with honors from the Master’s program in 2015 at the University of California, San Francisco where she is also an Assistant Clinical Professor, Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences and a course director for the MS-DH program. She received a research grant in 2015 from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and is currently on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

As a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures and the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, she has received a variety of accolades and awards. Kristy has held numerous leadership roles over the years with a focus on future colleagues and has contributed to numerous publications over the years as well as authored a chapter on oral malodor in the 2nd edition of Mosby’s Dental Hygiene textbook. She has been quoted in Esquire Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, interviewed by ESPN Radio, highlighted in digital media and featured on the cover of RDH Magazine.

Kristy has been an international continuing education facilitator for over 25 years on major dental and dental hygiene conventions as well as an invited guest speaker to dental hygiene programs throughout California. Her interactive style demonstrates a commitment to implementing outcomes-based teaching through humor, innovative use of technology and participation. As a career-long advocate for future colleagues she enjoys collaborating with graduates to expand their professional horizons.

In 2006, Kristy who resides in San Ramon, CA is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance and is the proud human of her two toilet trained cats, Makenna & KaiBlu!

Her complete CV is available at www.EducationalDesigns.com