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Batting Lessons for Success – Dr. Jessica Stroud

  • August 8, 2016
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My four-year-old son played baseball this summer.  He only swung a bat for the first time at his first baseball practice. Needless to say, he had to learn the basics and had the attention span that one would expect out of a four year old.  But when the games got started, I was reminded of some very basic concepts of success. Sometimes people become successful through sheer luck; however, don’t count on this – it’s a rarity at best. The…

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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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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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Supportive Fathers by Dr. Lisa Knowles, Intentional Dental Consulting

But, what do Fathers have to do with dentistry, and isn’t this a blog site about women’s advancement? I used to think women’s issues were women’s issues…until I watched the transformation of my own Father. I watched him drop his old school ways of looking at things and even question the cultural norms he grew up with. Last year, Dr. Cheryl Siegel was the keynote speaker for the Lucy Hobbs Project. Although I did not hear her speak personally, I…

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Congratulations, Graduates!

Your big day has arrived.  You have studied, taken tests, written papers, attended class, finished group projects, completed intern projects.  And now you can shine proudly and confidently as a graduate. There’s a big difference between book smarts and wisdom gained from life experience.  You have undoubtedly aced all of your finals, handed in your papers and ultimately earned your degree.  Now, take a step back from your textbooks and allow yourself to learn some life lessons one quote at…

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Firsts by Erinne Kennedy, Nova Southeastern ’15, 2014-2015 ASDA Contributing Editor

Firsts Left Erinne Kennedy ’15 NOVA Southeastern; Right: Dr. Phyllis Filker, DMD, MPH Have you ever been the first to do something? The first to get your license in high school? The first in your family to graduate college? Or the first to win state or nationals representing a sports team? Being first seems easy when you see these icons in their glory.  The part society sees is the grand moment when a person becomes first. The moment the days,…

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The Annual Celebration Breakdown

Your family is important.  Your work is important.  You are important. And it is vital to remember that last one.  We would like to invite you to be a part of an event that will remind you of that. On June 6, 2014, The Lucy Hobbs Project will host its second annual celebration in Orlando, FL at the Omni Championsgate Resort.  If you need more persuading than sunny Orlando, keep reading.  This one-day event will include (3) 1-credit CE courses,…

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Lucy Hobbs

She’s a trailblazer who paved the way for women in dentistry, a largely forgotten icon who persevered against long odds.  Today, we at Benco honor Lucy Hobbs, America’s first female dentist, by launching The Lucy Hobbs Project. Born in 1833, Lucy was refused admission to medical school, and then dental school, because of her gender. But she never gave up, eventually learning dentistry as an apprentice, graduating from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, and becoming the first licensed woman…

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