New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association
Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Anesthetists working together for a healthier New Hampshire

The Role of Advanced Practice Nurses in Integrating Oral Health & Primary Care

Posted over 1 year ago by Mary Bidgood-Wilson


Crystal Bonias, APRN, FNP-BC

Crystal Bonias is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003 from Saint Joseph's College of Maine and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. Crystal is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and a member of the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association. Born and raised in Maine, Crystal loves New England. She enjoys spending free time with her family and being active outdoors.

Whitney Goode, DMD

Whitney E. Goode, DMD joined Goodwin Community Health in August of 2007 and has served as our Dental Director since August of 2009. She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France and Wilhelmshaven, Germany. She is an active member of the American Dental Association and the New Hampshire Dental Society. Dr. Goode loves to travel and in her free time, she participates in book clubs and gets outdoors to hike and ski whenever she can.

Oral health is an important part of overall health, yet primary care
providers receive little formal education in this area while they are in
training.  The educational systems for primary care providers and dentists
have traditionally been separate, although today there is growing interest in
interprofessional educational to improve practitioners' understanding of how to
work together to address the overall health of their patients. 


Recently Crystal and Whitney presented their work in primary care setting to improve oral health. The NHNPA plans to repeat this educational opportunity later this summer on the seacaost , Watch for Details. Thank you Crystal and Whitney.