Salme Lavigne received her dental hygiene education from the University of Toronto, a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Anthropology from Lakehead University, a Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Dentistry, and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She also received certification in Advanced Periodontics and Local Anesthesia from Northern Arizona University and Nitrous Oxide Sedation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Dr. Lavigne has over 35 years experience in Dental Hygiene Education and administration in both Canada and the United States, including Professor and Director of the School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Manitoba. She has taught periodontics, local anesthesia and microbiology & infectious diseases to both second year dental and dental hygiene students.
Dr. Lavigne is the author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles as well as three text book chapters. She is a popular speaker who has delivered over 100 continuing education and research presentations in Canada, the United States, Scandinavia, China, Switzerland, the Netherlands and South Africa. She has also held several professional offices, most notably the Presidency of the Canadian Dental Hygienists' Association, served as the Councilor for the Section on Dental Hygiene Education for the American Dental Education Association, and was a commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. She is currently a Senior Scholar at the University of Manitoba and Scientific Editor of the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH).