Align Magazine got the chance to sit down with Millennial influencer and Dental Hygienist, Alicia on her professional journey, service to mankind, and her vision for the future. Here is what she had to say…..
Tell us about yourself? My name is Alicia Murria and I am a clinical dental hygienist licensed to practice in Michigan, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. I currently live, work, and play in the DC area. I work as an educational consultant, presenting educational materials for several dental companies. I am considered an opinion leader and influencer in the dental industry. I am executive director of Hygienists For Humanity, a 501c3 organization that helps to connect underserved individuals an communities experiencing homelessness connect with oral hygiene products and services. I am currently working towards a masters degree in dental hygiene with a focus on public health. Graduation is anticipated for 2021. I am originally from Detroit, MI and I wear my city on my back, vowing never to return as a resident until I can bring real dental resources back to the city that made me who I am today.
Tell us about your organization or creative pursuits and what got you started? I got my start with Hygienists For Humanity at a continuing education conference. I pride myself in striving for excellence, staying current with the latest trends and technology in dental hygiene, and collaborating with like minded professionals. At one hygiene conference, I noticed how many products went to waste, as exhibitors dispensed multiple single use items to me as an individual. The commentary was the same, “I don’t want to take all this stuff back with me, you can have as much as you want.” I left the conference thinking I had hit the motherload with an extra suitcase full of oral hygiene products. It wasn’t until my second dental hygiene conference that I noticed how many people experiencing homelessness sat just beyond the doors of the convention center where the conference was hosted. I then thought to myself, what would happen if every hygienist took notice and donated their products to the people who really need them in the cities we visit. That’s how Hygienists For Humanity began.
Look for purpose in everything, know that every person you encounter plays a role, insignificant or major, in your path and destiny.Alicia Murria
Has your journey been an easy one so far? If not, what are some challenges you’ve had to overcome? This journey has not been an easy one. Most of the challenges I have faced is corporate sponsorship and support. The dental hygiene community has been supportive, yet the corporations we patronize have not been as receptive to donating products to our cause. I know that Rome wasn’t built in a day… the marathon continues.
What’s one thing we should know about you or your business? “We are all angels on earth with one wing and we only fly when we are together.” Luciano De Crescenzo; That’s our motto… we all are on this earth together to help one another… our gifts are meant to compliment one another and when they do, more good is done for the communities we live in and visit.
What sets you apart from competition? I don’t know that there is any competition when it comes to helping others. What sets us apart is the fact that we are faith based. We believe that helping one another is like helping an angel on earth. Hebrews 13:2
What has been your fondest moment in your career thus far? 2019 has been tremendous. Hygienists For Humanity has been recognized for our work on multiple platforms and our following has grown tremendously in the last few years.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years from now? I see myself in love, married- with children, and happy. I see Hygienists For Humanity growing with a paid staff serving communities with more than just products—dental hygiene services as well.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? Thus far, my sister has been the most influential. She is also an executive director of a nonprofit and has been ambitious in Detroit politics.
What do you like to do in your free time? I love to travel, read, and try new recipes. I love to relax, listen to new music, host friends, and really chill.
How were you as a child? Curious, gregarious, outgoing, and talkative. (the same as I am now)
Is your city a good place for what you’re doing? I would definitely say so… any city is a good city when you’re following your purpose. God is not a respecter of land- He works everywhere and will use you wherever you are… you’re always where you’re supposed to be.
What would you like people to remember about you when you’re gone? I worked hard to help other people. I try my best to make people smile and feel hopeful/purposeful. I share my light with others, never dimming another’s light.
Give one piece of advice that you can share with fellow Millennials Trust the process. Know that nothing ever happens to you, EVERYTHING happens for you. All things work together for good, for those who love the Lord. Keep going, follow what your heart is calling you to do, trust the open doors and the closed ones. Look for purpose in everything, know that every person you encounter plays a role, insignificant or major, in your path and destiny. Be good to people always, you never know how or where you’ll meet them again. Smile through the hard days and know that hard days have purpose too. “A calm sea never made for a skilled sailor.” You have to know that the process is refining you and preparing you for what’s to come. God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. KEEP GOING!
Contact info: Alicia Murria, RDH Executive Director, Hygienists For Humanity
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Instagram: @hygienistsforhumanity @aliciamurriardh
Facebook: Hygienists For Humanity
Other: LinkedIn- Alicia Murria