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Giving Back to Those in Need – Dr. Cyndi Blalock

It’s so nice to be needed, isn’t it?  As dentists, we can pretty much bet every single person will need us for something at one point or another.  Most people know that a broken tooth, a cavity, or a toothache means a dentist is the best person to help them solve their problem.  But for those that are unable to see a dentist due to financial reasons or because there isn’t a dentist where they live, it can be a…

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Giving Back 1,000 Smiles at a Time – Maboby “BB” Bahadarkhann

 In 1983, my parents fled the killing fields of Cambodia for the relative safety of a refugee camp in Thailand. This is where I was born. Ten months after my birth, my family was sponsored as refugees and was able to relocate to Chicago, Illinois. The United States truly was the “land of opportunity” and my family did well. My parents had three more children, all girls, and relocated to Orange County, California. After graduation and a brief stint in…

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A Night at the Museum by Jennifer Ochman

Where can you see a dental set that cleaned the teeth of royalty, or a massive dental cabinet built specifically for the Centennial Exhibit of 1876? At the National Dental Museum on the grounds of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. On Thursday, June 4, a team from Benco Dental traveled to Baltimore to help host the Lucy Hobbs Project annual celebration. I got to be part of that group and when we weren’t helping, we were checking out the dental…

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Looking Through the Eyes of a Prospective Dental Student

From my personal experience, it’s around my age, 16, where everyone is scrambling to find a path to take in life. Luckily, for me dentistry stuck out. My parents both took the dental path and I have been able to see what it is really like. My mother is a dental assistant and my stepfather is a sales representative for Benco Dental, which has allowed me to be able to see the interaction between the dentist and the patients in all different settings.

However, what fascinates me the most are the “before and after” pictures. For me, as I went through the period of having every piece of metal in my mouth growing up, to getting the smile I wanted, was a long time coming. But, I loved the outcome and all I could do was smile. I couldn’t help but share the excitement with the people who created it. Creating a bigger and better smile for someone only reminds me of how happy I was when I received mine. I would love to be able to be the person they thank for their beautiful new smile.

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American Ninja Dentist – Dr. Desiree Walker

“A great dentist”, “a kind dentist”, “a gentle dentist” – these were the normal, positive phrases that I hoped that my patients would use to describe me. Never did I think that one of the adjectives would be “ninja” and never did I think that many of my patients would refer to me as the “Ninja Dentist”. But I am, at least locally, thanks to the NBC show American Ninja Warrior. This past June, I was a featured athlete on American Ninja…

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Never Settling – Angela Cotey

  • September 10, 2014
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Dentistry has so many opportunities with the best part being you really have a lot of choices and can chose your own destiny.  When I graduated dental school from Marquette University, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew there were endless possibilites for me to explore. I had the amazing opportunity to join the US Navy during dental school.  I got to travel the world and take care of the outstanding individuals who serve our…

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The Paths I Have Traveled – Ashley Kelly

They say that everyone walks their own path in life – that everyone has their own journey. Everyone has hardships and problems, but it in the end it is how we overcame these obstacles to better ourselves.  My story is no different. In twenty eight years there have been a lot of struggles and fights. In fact, I am still struggling to come out on top. Looking back on my life, there have been a lot of significant factors that…

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Top 6 Things You’re Currently Doing You Need to Stop

  • August 5, 2014
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Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist Ellen Glasgow wrote, “The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” This makes me wonder, if dentists find themselves in so many daily ruts, why do they keep digging? What’s the cause behind the compulsory attitude and behaviors commonly repeated by dentists that kills their practices, makes them unhappy, and prevents them from living their best life? The answer is easy, albeit a complex issue: Stress.

There are thoughts and behaviors dental professionals have that perpetuate their stress cycle. Identifying these habits and putting a direct stop to them can prevent you from having a long and stressful career. Here are the top 6 things you’re currently doing you need to stop before you dig your own grave.

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Land Your Dream Job: Tips for Success from an Owner Dentist – Cari Callaway-Nelson

It may have been a few years since I went on my first job interview after graduating from dental school, but I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I felt so nervous and inadequate, thinking about the fact that I just graduated and this doctor I’m interviewing with has nearly forty years of experience. How can I possibly convince him that I know what I’m doing? Now I am the practice owner, and the shoe is on the…

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Reflecting on the Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration

  • July 21, 2014
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On June 5th and 6th I had the pleasure to attend The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Orlando, Florida. The opportunity came to me because my friend and co-worker, Ashley Kapuschinsky had a great idea that was chosen from all entries. She chose me to accompany her to this event. Since I started working for Benco in November of 2013, I have heard a great deal about Lucy Hobbs and The Lucy Hobbs Project that Benco has started. From the beginning I thought it was a great initiative. Typically when you hear of a dentist, people will think of a male. However, there are very many female dentists.

Thanks to the opportunity to attend The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration, I was able to meet and mingle with various dentists. This included the award winners that were being honored. All the women who were honored at this celebration were amazing women that have done so much for their community and the female dentists in the country. It was interesting to see dentists, men and women combined, interact and share their viewpoints on topics. Many times they would have similar or even different viewpoints but found a common ground. When the award winners were sharing their stories, it was inspiring to hear what they were able to accomplish in their lives and trials that they overcame to become the strong and determined women they are now. Working in customer service with Benco, I have had a partial opportunity to speak with members of a dental office and the doctors. However, with attending this event I was able to meet face-to-face individuals from offices I have dealt with or have not had the pleasure of speaking to as of yet. It was a great concept to be able to put a face with names that you hear about. I felt welcomed by all attendees.

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Upcoming Events

The Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration

April 27, 2017

The Lucy Hobbs Project is happy to announce that the 2017 Annual Celebration will take place on April 27th and 28th at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel! Remember this event is open to anyone in dentistry – male/female, dentists, staff, educators, students, reps, etc. To register: www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2017/

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