USC orthodontic residents reshaping much more than smiles

Six women, shown, are helping the orthodontic residency program at a California dental school make headlines and more importantly, history.

Joining the ranks of Dr. Lucy Hobbs, who in 1866 led the way for women in dentistry as the first American woman to earn a degree in her field, are the members of the first all-female class on record in the orthodontic program at the University of Southern California.

According to a report in DentistryIQ.com, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC) is setting records with the first all-female class on record since the program was established in 1934.

According to Dr. Glenn Sameshima, shown, head of the orthodontic program for nine years, the residents hail from Illinois, Texas and California.

Bethany Chong is a native to Wichita Falls, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry.

Amanda Budiman is from Walnut, California, and is a graduate of University of California, San Diego, and attended dental school at New York University.

Heather Stephens is from Martinez, California. She received her BS in biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Cailfornia, and graduated from dental school at the University of Southern California.

Natalie Dang’s hometown is Yorba Linda, California. She attended college at UC San Diego and dental school at UCLA.

Nicole Ranney of Alta Loma, California, attended the University of San Diego (USD) and dental school at the University of Southern California (USC).

Kristina Sakas is from Northbrook, Illinois. She is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and of the dental school at USC.

(Photo : DentistryIQ) The first all-female orthodontic class at the University of Southern California includes (above, from left) Bethany Chong, Amanda Budiman, Heather Stephens, Natalie Dang, Nicole Ranney, and Kristina Sakas.

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