The family tradition continues as Ashley McCarl Harrison, daughter of Dr. Clayton McCarl Jr., joins the dental practice of Dr. James W. McCarl, which first began at the corner of Ridge and Gardenway in Greenbelt in 1937. Ashley joined the practice as a registered dental hygienist RDH on May 31, 2013 and adds to the family legacy as the fourth generation member of her great-grandfather’s practice.
Ashley McCarl Harrison, DDS – Joins Greenbelt Dental Practice
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry Division of Dental Hygiene on May 17, receiving awards including: Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, and a feature as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Ashley also received the dental school’s Division of Dental Hygiene Spirit Award, which is given to the senior hygiene student who best exemplifies the spirit of teamwork, volunteerism, participation in service to the class and kindness to fellow classmates.
Other notable contributions that Ashley will bring to the practice include her award winning research. As a member of her research team, Ashley and her two other teammates placed first in the University of Maryland Division of the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Healthcare Award for Excellent Research. Their award qualified them to present their paper, “Bactericidal Effects of Natural Oils against Common Bacteria Found in the Oral Cavity,” at the 100th annual meeting of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association in Boston in June. Her team placed second in the nationwide competition.
Ashley began her work at the practice when she was merely a teenager in eighth grade. She was first hired as a dental assistant for her father. Ashley is also excited to work with her and aunt, Sally McCarl Moore who is also an RDH uncle, Dr. Jay McCarl, DDS, and cousin Dr. Dave McCarl, DDS all third generation members of the dental practice.