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About Us

The DHE team is comprised dental professionals including hygienists and an office manager.  Together we have a combined clinical experience of over 150 years!

Our passion for the dental profession drives us to make a phenomenal difference in the industry.   We strive to enhance the dental experience from both a clinician’s and a patient’s perspective.

What Makes Us Different?

We are grounded in the oral systemic movement.  As clinicians who practice as Bale Doneen Preceptors and high risk periodontal therapists at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio (HASPC), we see firsthand the importance of understanding the link between the mouth and the body.

We are embarking on new territory at the HASPC.  In 2017, it became the first center in the world to have a cardiologist and dentist working under one roof to bridge the gap between medicine and dentistry.  Here, we are preventing heart attacks and strokes by utilizing the Bale Doneen method and eliminating the mouth as a source of infection and potential risk factor for disease.  

Together we have developed a proven method to achieve the highest level of oral health possible for our high risk HASPC patients! Our oral systemic approach reduces or eliminates oral inflammation, one of the most significant root causes of heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.

Patti DeMatteis, ASDH, RDH


Patti received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Western Kentucky University in 1972.  After practicing twenty five years as a periodontal therapist, she founded Dental Hygiene Excellence in 1997 while living in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Patti is a founding member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and a Preceptor for the Bale/Doneen Method, for heart attack and stroke prevention.

Her passion for dentistry focuses on comprehensive patient care and helping dental colleagues enjoy their profession in the fast paced oral-systemic movement toward prevention and wellness. 

Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA


Lora received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University in 1995.  She continues to work in private practice as a periodontal therapist while running her business as a dental consultant.

Lora is a member of the ADHA, ODHA, and CDHA.  She has served as Continuing Education Chair for the CDHA and as a liaison for the ODHA to the OSDB.  She is a founding member of AAOSH and a Bale/Doneen preceptor.

Her passion lies in improving the quality of life for every patient by implementing the oral-systemic movement through evidence based dentistry and clinical research.

Julie Cox, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Clinical Coach

Julie received her Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene, as well as her EFDA certification in 2006 from The Ohio State University.  She is very passionate about coaching around early diagnosis and treatment of disease.  She feels that it is critical that all clinicians understand the oral systemic connection, and the impact of the host response when creating customized periodontal treatment plans.

Julie enjoys remaining active in clinical care as a periodontal therapist because it allows for a real world perspective in coaching.

Tricia Wonderly, ASDH, RDH

Clinical Coach

Tricia received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Parkland College in Champaign, IL in 1987. She practiced for 30 years as a periodontal therapist in Illinois and Ohio, and she joined Dental Hygiene Excellence in 2017 after taking a medical leave of absence from clinical practice.

Tricia is a Preceptor for the Bale/Doneen Method for heart attack and stroke prevention.  Her passion for dentistry lies in communicating with teams about implementing the DHE method so everyone on the team wins.

Becky Owens Boyer, BSDH, RDH

Clinical Coach

Becky received her degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Kentucky in May of 1994 and her license to practice in the state of Ohio in July of 1994. In 2011, she received her license to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide.

Becky has been learning and implementing the DHEmethod into clinical practice for five years.  In January 2019 she joined DHE as a clinical coach.

She is passionate about health and wellness, not only for her patients, but for herself and her family.

Heather Turpen

Administrative Coach

Heather has been involved in the dental field for over 15 years, both clinically and as an administrator. Because of this, she has a wide range of knowledge in both areas.

Heather earned her fellowship with the American Association of Dental Office Managers in September of 2016 and is a current member of AADOM, ensuring she will maintain continuing education certifications throughout her career.

She is passionate about continuing to learn and grow as well as educating others about dental administration.