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About half of today’s dental school graduates are women. But things were much different in 1866 when Lucy Hobbs graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery and became the nation’s first licensed female dentist. Benco Dental continues to remember this trailblazing practitioner with its Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration on April 27 and April 28 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. During the event, the company will honor 6 of today’s groundbreaking female dentistry professionals. (more…)
The Lucy Hobbs Project is very excited to announce that Robyn Benincasa – World Champion Adventure Racer, Triathlete and Best Selling Author will be the Key Note Speaker for the 5th Annual Celebration.
Robyn will entice us all to become better leaders, better team mates and better overall individuals with high pumping presentation. Following in the steps of previous Lucy Hobbs Key Note Speakers, Robyn will take all that she has learned as a World Champion Adventure Racer and transform it into how we can incorporate these lessons in our daily practice.
Save the date for the 5th Annual Celebration – April 27th & 28th at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Registration and winners will be announced shortly.
For more information on Robyn click here… http://robynbenincasa.com/
PITTSTON, PA — April 19, 2016 — In the words of Libby Gill, The Lucy Hobbs Project™ 4th Annual Celebration is “shaking things up.”
As keynote speaker for the event that will honor exemplary women in the dental community June 2 and 3 in Dallas, Texas, Libby Gill, shares this message.
“What the Lucy Hobbs Celebration event does is tell women that we’re shaking things up. Women united like this have a strong voice,” said Gill, a renowned speaker who inspires established and emerging leaders to increase passion in their organizations.
“Women in dentistry are healers, and they increasingly have the opportunity to go into business for themselves. There can be a lot of fear about that, but it comes with so much more freedom, flexibility and power.”
After nearly 20 years in senior communications roles at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Gill is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. Her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process inspires people to maximize their “Leadership DNA.”
“If you look at the women who have made it to the top of corporate America, it’s not an easy row to hoe. But the Lucy Hobbs Project gives, young women especially, a real sense that there’s hope for them as they enter the workforce,” Gill added.
The celebration will begin Thursday evening, June 2 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 and continue Friday, June 3 at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207. Events are free to attend, but registration is required at:
With a network of more than 9,000 members, The Lucy Hobbs Project’s commission to select six honorees each year for the distinction of Exemplary Women in the Dental Community is no easy undertaking. This year, celebration attendees will be awestruck by winners in the following categories: Clinical Expertise, Industry Icon, Mentor, Woman-to-Watch, Innovator, and Humanitarian. Among this year’s recipients are six pioneers for change, whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Joyce Bassett, FAACD, FAGD, Arizona, Col. Theresa S. Gonzales, Ret., DMD, MS, MSS, South Carolina, Susan Maples, DDS, Michigan, Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, Massachusetts, Pamela Schmidt, DDS, NMD, IBDM, Illinois, and Mary Teddy Wray, DDS, Maryland.
Throughout the two days, attendees will be hosted to events at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, including a Continuing Education opportunity, courtesy of Benco Dental and event sponsors: Crest, Oral-B, Engle Dental Systems, KaVo Kerr Group, Centrix, Hu-Friedy, Medicom and Sunstar.
Continuing Education credits will be awarded, at no cost to attendees, via a presentation, “The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Attitude,” led by Robb Zbierski, a personal development instructor notorious for bringing fun to the forefront while also encouraging people to embrace their passion and energy to get the job done.
“What Lucy Hobbs went through, I think, was she just chose not to participate in the existing mindset and skepticism. There’s a lot of value in being mindful of the fact that the brain’s natural tendency is to look at the negative and get sucked in. Choosing not to participate in that is a big deal,” said Zbierski.
Talk about embracing her passion – the project’s namesake Lucy Hobbs, who when denied access to education based on her gender, persevered to learn dentistry through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.
Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back. This project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, the group offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.
Each year The Lucy Hobbs Project collaborates with a national partner to give back, and for 2016, will help the National Head Start Association (NHSA) provide healthy snacks to children in need. The Give Back portion of The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration will benefit Head Start of Greater Dallas. In lieu of a fee for this event, attendees are asked to donate non-perishable, healthy snacks.
Committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life, the NHSA provides opportunities that lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. For more information about the NHSA or Head Start of Greater Dallas, visit their websites at: https://www.nhsa.org/ and http://www.hsgd.org/.
To register for The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration, visit:
To access details regarding these events or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com
PITTSTON, PA — March 14, 2016 — With a network of more than 9,000 members, The Lucy Hobbs Project’s commission to select six honorees each year for the distinction of Exemplary Women in the Dental Community is no easy undertaking.
This year, when The Lucy Hobbs Project® lauds these award recipients during its 4th annual celebration, to be held June 2 and 3 in Dallas, Texas, attendees will be awestruck by winners in the following categories: Clinical Expertise, Industry Icon, Mentor, Woman-to-Watch, Innovator, and Humanitarian.
Though best known for the monumental stride made for her gender in 1866 — earning the first dental doctorate — what Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor did in the years that followed deserves equal time in the spotlight. Mentoring, establishing a network of support for others in her situation, and persevering in the face of all obstacles also contributed to Dr. Hobbs’ legacy. Likewise, common denominators exist among the 24 women – 18 past honorees and 6 new winners – celebrated with an award that bears her name. Their dental excellence commands respect, and their ability to lead, teach, innovate, and drive change inspires amazement.
Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back. Named after Dr. Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, educational programs and charitable events.
Its annual celebration takes the opportunity to honor those who in some way have helped lead the charge for women in dentistry and embody the project goals. Among this year’s Lucy Hobbs Award recipients are six pioneers for change, whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades:
- Joyce Bassett, FAACD, FAGD, recipient of the Clinical Expertise award, studied biology as an undergrad at the University of Toledo at age 16, and entered the College of Dentistry at Ohio State by 19. Without skipping a beat, Dr. Bassett opened a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, with its focus on complex rehabilitation cases. Voted among the Top 5 Female CE Educators, this national lecturer and published author founded the Women Teaching Women Cosmetic Learning Facility, which has been an adjunct teaching site for the Arizona Dental School. The state’s only accredited Fellow in The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Bassett recently earned the appointment of President for the organization.
- Theresa S. Gonzales, Ret., DMD, MS, MSS, recipient of the Industry Icon award, continually enlightens her students as Director of Orofacial Pain Management and Professor of Oral Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina – James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. Daily, she calls on the vast knowledge amassed during a distinguished career in active federal service with the U.S. Army Dental Corps. A Diplomate of the American Boards of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Forensic Dentistry and Forensic Examiners, Col. Gonzales most recently shared her vision with the Office of the Army Surgeon General. A dynamic lecturer who winds humor into dental education, Col. Gonzales has authored 50-plus scientific publications and is the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research, the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s A designator for clinical excellence.
- Susan Maples, DDS, recipient of the Mentor award, educates dental groups throughout the country, transferring expertise gained under the most renowned teachers in her field and at her practice of 30 years in Holt, Michigan. With her work in advanced dental restoration and innovative total health implementation strategies, Dr. Maples combines her love for dentistry and her passion for health. She is instrumental in positioning the dental profession to play a major role in the pending health care crisis. In the hopes of discovering pre-diabetes and diabetes sooner in the patient population, Dr. Maples recently was published for a study, Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office. Originator of the Hands-On Learning Lab™ Kit for children, Dr. Maples is recognized nationally for making a significant difference in children’s oral and physical health. In her own office, she individually mentors her patients toward health and has inspired dozens toward a career in dentistry.
- Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, recipient of the Woman-to-Watch award, provides dental care to her patients at the Faculty Practice of Boston University Dental Health Center. Passionate about geriatric dentistry, she also provides dental treatment to the elderly living in long-term care housing in the Boston area. Dr. Rawal earned her BDS degree from D.Y. Patil University School of Dentistry in Mumbai, India, and later joined Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM), where she graduated from the AEGD residency program and where she currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor. She is the faculty mentor for the American Association of Women Dentists’ Chapter at BUGSDM and also represents the Women in Dentistry Committee on the board of the Boston District Dental Society. As an advocate for BUGSDM’s Women-to-Women program, she conducts monthly oral screenings for homeless, abused women in Boston and has also conducted dental outreach programs for women living within the red light districts of India.
- Pamela Schmidt, DDS, DNM, IBDM, recipient of the Innovator award, has a commitment to providing a holistic and whole body health approach to patients in her Rockford, Illinois dental practice. Certified in integrative biologic dental medicineand board certified as a naturopathic physician, Dr. Schmidt has been instrumental in changing dentistry, from being one of the first female dentists in Rockford to utilizing ozone therapy and introducing safe mercury removal protocol. Hers was the first dental office in Illinois to feature a mercury containment system, which ensures the waste is removed to a treatment plant and is not toxic to the environment.
- Mary Teddy Wray, DDS, recipient of the Humanitarian award, empowers her team with knowledge and confidence as owner and CEO of a dental practice in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to inspiring with her clinical expertise, she demonstrates by example another vital ingredient in the formula for success: giving of oneself for a greater good. A graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Dr. Wray contributes as an active member of 10 professional associations. She dedicates her personal talents and resources to create safe havens and provide free dental services for victims of assault and abuse, as well as members of the homeless, elderly, and disabled populations. Her committed efforts help sustain more than 20 charitable organizations within her community and across the globe.
To learn more about the The Lucy Hobbs Project® and its 4th annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com