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RDHAP Council Profiles

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      SUSAN MCLEARAN, RDHAP 818-500-8217
      CINDY SIMPSON, RDHAP 619-435-6309
      TRUDY SHUCKERS, RDHAP 661-360-9003  
      HEIDI COGGAN, RDHAP 702-580-8885
    Ex-Officio Karine Strickland   H831-425-8142
    Ex-Officio Julie Coan   925-408-8928


KimberlyCruz copyAP Council Co-Chair Kimberly Cruz RDHAP

Kimberly Cruz graduated from Cypress College Dental Hygiene Program and received her Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) licensure in 2005. Kimberly attended the West Los Angeles College Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) Program and received her RDHAP licensure. Kimberly has always been active in her profession and was the President of the Orange County Dental Hygienists’ Society from 2009-2011 and practices in the Orange County Area and works on majority the homebound seniors and special needs children and adults. Email:

DarlaDalecopyAP Council Co-Chair Darla D. Dale, BSDH, RDHAP

I graduated from University of Southern California School of Dentistry in May 1985 and completed my RDHAP Certification at University of the Pacific in December 2004. I have been a long-standing active member in CDHA for over 25 years serving several terms as the Trustee for the Six Rivers Dental Hygiene Component and 3 years as the Component President. I am also currently one of the CDHA Liaisons to DentiCal. I am completely self-employed as an RDHAP treating mostly patients with Special Needs such as Geriatrics, Developmentally Delayed and very young children.  I reside in Eureka, California with my husband and two daughters. Email:

JudyBoothby copyJudy Boothby, RDHAP     

I am happy to help on the AP council to help establish professional, ethical RDHAP practices for members of CDHA. The business of dental hygiene has many challenges, but establishing a framework for a RDHAP practice to develop their business management, insurance policy & codes, legislation, continuing education and peer review is most rewarding. Email:

SusanMcLearan copySusan McLearan, RDHAP, MS

Susan McLearan has been an RDHAP since 2005 serving residents of skilled nursing and hospital sub-acute facilities. She is currently involved in a RDHAP Educational Program and is particularly interested in developing curriculum and in guiding legislative and public policy. Email:



HeidiCoggan copyHeidi Coggan, RDHAP

Hygiene in Motion The dental hygiene practice of Heidi Coggan.
It is a fee for service business focusing on elderly care for individuals no longer physically able to visit the dental office. I am located in La Jolla California and my area of practice includes the greater San Diego area. Email:


CindySimpson copyCindy Simpson, RDHAP, MS

Cindy Simpson has been a dental hygienist for over 34 years and has been practicing mobile dental hygiene since 2006 in the San Diego area. I specialize in preventive oral health care for patients with Alzheimer’s, Strokes, Parkinson’s and people with intellectual disabilities residing in long term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and private homes. When I am not busy cleaning teeth, I love to travel and have been to all 7 continents. I enjoy Jazzercise, hiking and Pickleball. I can be reached at 619-435-6309 or Email:

 Trudy Schuckers, RDHAP, BS

Trudy received her RDHAP from West L.A. College and her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene from the College of Southern Nevada. She has several licenses to practice dental hygiene in CA, AZ, NV, TX, UT & ID.
She was the recipient of the AAPHD National Merit Award for “Oral Health Care and the Intellectually Disabled”, 2006, and is a member of the Cambridge Who’s Who since 2006 and the Madison Who’s Who since 2007.
Currently, she is affiliated with the San Fernando Valley Dental Hygienists’ Society.  Additionally, she is on the CDHA Professional Development Council, CDHA-AP Council for the RDHAP & CDHA Finance Committee for the California Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is, also, a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and on the AADH membership committee. Most recently, she is a member of the West L.A. Dental Hygiene Alumni Foundation.

Her service has covered many aspects of dental hygiene to include: St. Luke’s Hospital Cardiac Care, Boise, Idaho, 2002; College of Southern Nevada Public Health Project for the Intellectually Disabled, Las Vegas, NV, 2006; College of Southern Nevada Mentor, Las Vegas, NV 2004-2006; University of Nevada Las Vegas Sealant Project, Las Vegas, NV 2003-2006; ADHA NV Table Clinic Judge, Las Vegas, NV, 2005; HOD Delegate for Southern Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2004-2005;  San Fernando Valley Dental Hygienists’ Society  HOD Delegate since 2010.
In her Practice for Portable Dental Hygiene, she sees patients who are home bound. She can be contacted at: Website: