Community Oral Health Team

Ella B. Thaxton, MS, RDH, CTTS


Community Outreach Coordinator, Division of Community Oral Health


Community Oral Health
Public Health


Ella Thaxton, MS, RDH, CTTS joined the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine two years ago as a member of the community oral health team. Ella has a diverse background in the dental field-- working in general and pediatric practices, state dental health program, coalition coordinator, research and public health. She is very passionate about improving the health and well-being of her fellow West Virginians. Much of her free time includes spending time with family, her dog and on the water. She is a proud mom to one daughter and one granddaughter.

Honors & Memberships

  • Member - WV Oral Health Coalition
  • Member - American Dental Hygiene Association
  • Member - Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors


  • Certified Tobaccco Treatment Specialist: West Virginia University
  • Oncology Certificate: National Network of Healthcare Hygienists
  • Certified: West Virginia Board of Dentistry (Registered Dental Hygienist, General Supervision, Public Health)

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate: West Liberty University (West Liberty, W.Va.)
  • Graduate: West Virginia University (Morgantown, W.Va.)