Catherine Cabanzon graduated with honors from Palm Beach Community College, with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College. Her extensive background in the profession of dental hygiene includes clinical hygiene in general and periodontal practices, community health program development, publisher of educational articles and videos, grant writing, dental hygiene adjunct professor, practice management consultant, dental board examiner, and an educational consultant, key opinion leader and international lecturer for Orapharma Inc., Dental Product Shoppers and Centrix Dental.
Her passion for oral health and her desire to serve her community through early prevention and education has brought her to work with many national, state and county leaders. In 2009 she sat on the Florida Department of Health, Florida Oral Health Workforce Workgroup moving forward access to care initiatives in Florida. These partnerships have led her to develop and manage oral health programs such as; the Head Start Dental Home Initiative, the Dental Home Initiative for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, the Pediatric Fluoride Varnish program, and the Florida Department of Health’s Third Grade Oral Health Surveillance project. She has served as the Coordinator for Oral Health Florida and the Floridians for Dental Access Coalition, working on oral health legislation and communications campaigns.
Catherine was appointed to the Florida Board of Dentistry in 2012 and served until 2021. During her service to the Board, she served as Vice-Chair and was the first dental hygienist to serve as the Chair. She served as the Chair to the Council on Dental Hygiene from 2012 to 2021 and the Chair to the Rules Committee from 2019-2021. She is presently serving on the Steering Committee to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA, CITA, WREB) as well as the Dental Hygiene Exam Committee for the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX). She is a proud member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association, The American Dental Education Association, and the Florida Allied Dental Educators Association.