RDH, MPA, PhD
Robyn plays a vital role at BBP and is a lifelong learner who looks for any opportunity to expand her knowledge regarding health insurance and health policy. She has a PhD in Public Affairs and Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Health Policy from Northeastern University and uses this education and training to the benefit of all BBP clients. You will often find Robyn lecturing on oral health and health policy to doctoral students at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine or the Boston University Dental School. In addition, she also teaches Health Policy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) where she is an adjunct faculty member.
Robyn began her career as a dental hygienist. While working clinically, she continued her education and eventually became an educator herself. She began teaching at the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and advanced her career at Forsyth, eventually becoming the Assistant Dean of the program. Robyn had an interest in Health Policy that eventually led her to the Group Insurance Commission (GIC), the organization responsible for the procurement and management of the benefit programs for the state’s 140,000 employees and retirees. At the GIC, Robyn served as the Assistant Director of Budget and became skilled at policy analysis, budgeting, and the procurement and management of benefit plans and programs.
After leaving the GIC, she worked for Delta Dental of MA (DDMA). At DDMA, Robyn’s skill set included relationship management and the development of programs aimed at improving the health of members by changing provider treatment patterns and carrier reimbursement mechanisms. Robyn was highlighted in Delta Dental of MA’s 2007 annual report as both an innovator and an implementer who has championed the delivery of breakthrough oral health services to plan members and the community at large.
Robyn’s most remarkable strength is coalition and consensus building. She continues to be involved in oral health advocacy serving as a Board member for the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition (BOHMAC), the Oral Health Advocacy Task Force and is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition on Oral Health.
Her humble personality, sense of humor and cheerful demeanor are valued by all who work with her. While she is not teaching, working or training, she escapes to Cape Cod to refuel and enjoy her wonderful extensive family.