From East to West: Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad exemplifies determination #IE40Under40

What would you do to protect your family in a country plagued by war, poverty, labor camps and the very real possibility of execution? Would you escape?

That’s what Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad’s parents did to flee post-war Vietnam, although it wasn’t as easy as hopping on a plane. In fact, the government declared leaving the country illegal.

“We were so poor, and living in that state of poverty was no way to live. We didn’t have much food. My parents’ jobs didn’t provide for a hopeful future for our family.”

Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad said, recalling the stories her parents told of Vietnam.

The only way many Vietnamese people could escape communist oppression was by boat, a risky attempt some refugees did not survive. Those who were brave enough to flee, an estimated 1.5 million of them from 1975 to 1995, were known as “Boat People.”

This is the same type of boat Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad and her family spent 38 days in as they drifted in the South China Sea. (Photo Courtesy Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad)

In 1980, when Dr. Conrad was just six weeks old, she and her family boarded her father’s fishing boat, a vessel not designed for the open ocean, and were joined by seven other siblings and cousins.

They sailed into the South China Sea from Hue City, not knowing where, when and if they would make landfall. They sailed for days, weeks, over a month, not knowing where the tides would take them.

“We spent over 38 days at sea without a definitive destination. We arrived at a refugee camp in Hong Kong, where we resided for months until we were brought to a brighter future by the sponsorship of a United States family.”

Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad, recalling the stories her parents told of Vietnam.
Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad, held by her mother. Her brother and father to the right. Photo taken shortly after their arrival in the U.S. (Photo Courtesy Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad.)

Dr. Conrad ended up in Denver, Colorado, a stark difference from the tropical climate of central Vietnam, and began to live an American life.

Finding her dentistry destiny

Dr. Conrad attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry, but the atomic mass of atoms was not all she found. She also met her husband there, and a burning desire to help people.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be in the health care field, helping others heal through medicine, especially children.”

After graduation from Coe, she moved to Minneapolis to study dental hygiene at the University of Minnesota, but she wanted more, and continued her education to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Today, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree owns and practices at Tweet Pediatric Dentistry in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and is a mom of three. She juggles the responsibilities of a full-time dentist and a mother, an act that has its challenges.

“I think the most challenging aspects of dentistry is not the dentistry, it’s running a business. I had to learn as I went along and made a lot of mistakes. My mentors have guided me along the way.”

Although it’s difficult to run a business, Dr. Conrad loves her patients. She believes she makes a difference in their lives, and they return the favor to her.

“I am so grateful I get to do this and make such a difference in these children’s lives. The high-fives and hugs that I’m left with when my little patients leave their appointments leave me beaming with happiness.”

Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad

When not in her operatory, Dr. Conrad is in the kitchen experimenting. She loves to cook for her family — and with them. Her favorite cuisine is Italian, without the pasta. She likes to stray from her cookbooks and allow her creativity to take over.

“I love using the fresh herbs and flavors, and pairing them with more proteins and vegetables in place of pasta. I try to create dishes without a recipe. I find it most rewarding when I have someone who eats my creation and provides raving remarks on a recipe that does not exist. It’s the best compliment.”

Dr. Conrad’s dreams never end. She wants to improve her culinary skills and one day compete on the Food Network show Chopped, a challenging competition where three chefs battle for supremacy. She also wishes to pilot a plane.

With many years of dentistry behind her, she has advice for those who dream to be who she is—a successful, practicing dentist.

“Utilize all resources and mentors out there. There are so many people willing to lend advice, reach out often and be willing to extend the same as you gain experience and knowledge. I give many thanks to my mentors for helping me reach my dreams, but also to alleviate and get me through the challenges I face.”

If anyone doubts their dreams, they need to speak with Dr. Conrad, whose tenacity and motivation is the stuff of inspiration.

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Dr. Tori Thuy-Conrad (front left) during the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session in NYC. (Photo courtesy Incisal Edge/Macrae Marran)

Celebrate the art of dental invention with the Edison Awards

Celebrate a savings of $300 if you nominate your dental innovation by the 2019 Edison Awards™ early bird nomination deadline on October 18. Nominate today: https://edisonawards.com/

The Edison Best New Product Awards™ is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Past winners have included Fortune 500s, small startups, and everything in between.

Companies and dental professionals who’ve recently launched outstanding innovations are invited to apply by November 22, 2019, but can save $300 on the entry fee by nominating next week.

Need some encouragement?

Meet some previous honorees in dentistry. Edison Award-winning dental innovators at the Gold, Silver and Bronze have included:

2015: Vatech, 3M, 3D Systems, Aribex, Convergent Dental, Kerr Endodontics, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, NSK, Molar Media Mount, Benco Dental, and Inventionstring.

2016: Solea ®  by Convergent Dental, Multi-Axis Spiral Suction by Ghost Mfg, Oral B Pro 5000 with Bluetooth by Procter & Gamble, Dr. Kim’s Shadowless Headlamp by DrKimUSA.com

2017: ECO Balance by GLO Science™, Inc., Throat Scope® by Holland Healthcare Inc. and 3M™ Mobile True Definition Scanner by 3M.

2018: Senior Mobile Dental, The Periogen Company, Akervall Technologies Inc., Carestream Dental and St. Renatus, LLC.

2019: Invisalign Treatment with mandibular advancement by Align Technology, Bond Apatite® by Augma Biomaterials®, Airway Armor™ by Zirc Dental Products Inc., Goccles® by Pierrel Pharma S.r.L., CS 9600 cone beam computed tomography system by Carestream Dental.

Ready to nominate

https://edisonawards.com/

Dr. Lavasani Shares Her Dentistry Philosophy

Dr. Setareh Lavasani has been dubbed the “Queen of Radiology” and “The Selfie Queen,” by her students and colleagues. Events in her life, though, were not always ones to smile about.

The 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree recently spoke with TheDailyFloss.com about her early career and the battle she raged with life-threatening illnesses in her 20s. The selfie-slinging (shown above, at far left), chihuahua-loving board-certified radiologist discussed how she persevered to become the professional she is today. 

Shown in NYC at the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session, clockwise from bottom left: Drs. Setareh Lavasani, Valerie Okehie, Corey Brick, Jeffrey T. Moon and Rebecca Pounds.
Courtesy Incisal Edge/Macrae Marran

The Pomona, California Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist comes from a long line of dentists; as she says, “[It] runs in my family.” Her sister is an endodontist, her cousins and aunt, dentists. Dr. Lavasani jokes, “We have a mini dental convention of our own when we get together!”

Originally from Iran, she attended Ajman University of Science and Technology, earning her a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Her education did not stop there.

Dr. Lavasani moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend a radiology residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. There she would be given the most critical test of her life to date. She was diagnosed with breast cancer as soon as she received her admission to the radiology residency, a disease that affects 3.5 million people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This caused an interruption in her studies, but she did not give up.

After her treatments, Dr. Lavasani returned to her studies in San Antonio. Within a year, she was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, a progressive and rare illness. Leukemias are cancers that start in cells, typically in bone marrow, and then quickly spread to other parts of the body, according to the American Cancer Society.

Thanks to the generosity of a donor, Dr. Lavasani received a life-saving bone marrow transplant, beating the 4 out of 5 mortality rate, and giving her a second chance at attaining her dreams. She had battled — and won — a fight for her life on two occasions.

Earlier this year, Dr. Setareh Lavasani celebrated her 10th cancer-free year.

“I learned to never lose hope and always try to look on the bright side, even when there is barely a single ray of light,” she said.

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Determined not to let her health lower her spirits, Dr. Lavasani continued her radiology studies in San Antonio and graduated with a certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology and a Master’s in Dental Diagnostic Sciences. 

“I saw firsthand that the generous donation of a bone marrow saved my life, so I promised myself to focus on this cause (dentistry) and hopefully make a difference. I learned that this is what real life is about! I also realized that our time is so short, so I try to say more ‘thank yous’ and more ‘I love yous’ to people who matter to me and have shown me unconditional support all along.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Dr. Lavasani received most of her support from her parents, family members and close friends who inspired her during treatment in school and throughout her career. Her mother was a star role model who raised two kids, earned a Ph.D. and became a well-known editor-in-chief in Iran.

Today, Dr. Lavasani is an associate professor and the Director of Oral Radiology & Advanced Imaging at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California.

Often, she travels for speaking engagements. Dr. Lavasani is an internationally recognized lecturer. She frequently speaks at California Dental Association (CDA), UCLA School of Dentistry Advanced Education in General Dentistry program and the American and International Academies of Oral Radiology. She is a fellow and speaker for the southern California Oral Pathology Society and the Global Dental Implant Academy (FGDIA).

Though amid her prestigious positions, she takes particular pride in her role as the “The Selfie Queen.” She smiles for her past, present and future. Now, she takes the philosophy gained through her experiences and expresses it with every student she meets.

“I find that I’m happiest when I’m teaching and sharing ideas with students and fellow colleagues. So, inside and outside of school, I try to focus and grow.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani
At the Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) USA symposium 2018, Dr. Setareh Lavasani presented, received the exclusive #GDIA fellowship recognition, and won the first place prize for scientific poster presentation. (Photo courtesy Dr. Setareh Lavasani)

Dr. Lavasani is at a pinnacle of her career, ascending from the uncertainty of disease she fought. She teaches and encourages future dentists while following and sharing her virtue:

“Give back in any way you can and as small or large as you can. I think each of us, in one way or another, have a cause that is close to our hearts for any personal reason. I think giving in any way that is possible makes a huge difference in our sense of happiness and fulfillment.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Women in dentistry unite in Chicago this week at event hosted by Lucy Hobbs Project, Cameo Dental Specialists

On October 3-5 at The Blackstone, Benco Dental’s annual celebration honors 6 exemplary women, features 9 inspirational speakers and supports Let It Be Us.

This week in Chicago, The Lucy Hobbs Project, in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists, will celebrate six outstanding women in dentistry. On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Celebration named in tribute to Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. Last minute registration is still open. Click here.

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates women’s achievements in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh, Branding and Communications Manager for Benco Dental. “Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practices and themselves.”

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, three Continuing Education credits, and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members — and all women in dentistry — to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work”.  Seven outstanding women in dentistry — Dr. Vladana Babcic Tal, Dr. Carrie Etheredge, Amanda Frankini, RDH, Dr. Julie Arabia, Dr. Sheila Farahani, Dr. Betsy Carmack, and Nicole Zwiercan, RDH — will share their insights as panelists. Activities throughout will support Let It Be Us, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care.

As a high point, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession:

  • Industry Icon Award, Linda Miles, CSP, CMC, Speaker, Consultant, Author, AskLindaMiles.com, Estero, Florida
  • Clinical Expert Award, Deborah V. George, DDS, Executive Vice President and Chief Dental OfficerJessie Trice Community Health System, Miami, Florida
  • Humanitarian Award, Tesa Jolly, DDSDr. Tesa Jolly Family Dentistry, Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Innovator Award, Cathy J. Grinham, RDHPublic Health Dental Hygienist, Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts, Assonet, Massachusetts
  • Mentor Award, Carole Ann Palmer, Ed.D., RD, LDNTufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Woman to Watch Award, Charmaine Ng, DMDHealthright360, San Francisco, California

Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

Upcoming at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket price:

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional art tours at the hotel
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: AnelodyTice, LMP, CCST will lead a Gyrokinesis session followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us.

There is still time to register. Click here.

To attend the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, host a regional event, or take part in a Lucy Hobbs Project YOU event at a dental school, contact Event Coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or ariviello@benco.com.

Free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project invites women in dentistry to use their voices as a force for change. To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.lucyhobbscelebration.com

Women in dentistry to convene at The Blackstone in Chicago next week

A distinguished destination for celebrating change makers in dentistry

Since 1910, The Blackstone has attracted celebrities, socialites, and politicians. It is named after Timothy Blackstone, who was the president of Union Stock Yards and the Chicago & Alton Railroad. 

In 2019 it will host exemplary women in dentistry (read about all six award recipients here!) during the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration. On October 3-5, Benco Dental, in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists, invites women in dentistry to bring their dental team together and join a special celebration of in Chicago… three days of fun, networking, and discovery focused on living, practicing, and thriving smarter. 
Read more about the 10 incredible speakers, including featured guest Poppy Harlow: https://thedailyfloss.com/?s=lucy+hobbs+celebration+the+blackstone

If you haven’t already, register today. Then take a moment to learn more the historic venue where it will take place.

Heads of state, legendary mob bosses and treasured artwork


Aptly named “The Hotel of Presidents,” this historic Chicago hotel has hosted several heads of state, including Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.

The hotel also had a notorious streak, as it was favored by legendary mob bosses “Lucky” Luciano and Al Capone. It’s been said that Al Capone held meetings while getting his haircut in the windowless barbershop at The Blackstone.

Rivaling the most prestigious Chicago art museums, The Blackstone’s art collection is one of the city’s treasures. With over 1,600 works, primarily created by local artists, the collection includes pieces that not only conjure up Chicago past and present, but also evoke this legendary hotel’s regal architecture.

When you browse the selection of works, you can almost hear the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Nat King Cole through the halls. On permanent display throughout guest rooms, meeting rooms, and public spaces, our art collection is an extension of The Blackstone’s role as a Chicago cultural icon.

Enjoy one of the city’s most intriguing art collections during your stay, and come away with an enriched perspective of Chicago. 

Prepare to be enchanted:

Arguments for equality in dentistry and in life #tbt #WomensEqualityDay

The blog is part of a series paying tribute to pioneers in dentistry. Celebrate changemaking women in dentistry at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration, set for October 3-5 at The Blackstone in Chicago. Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

I am writing this post on August 26, #WomensEqualityDay. It’s the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, that gave women the right to vote. Today, I’m focusing on a few voices that advocated for and against allowing women to practice dentistry. There were many against, but only a few brave souls who felt women were equal to men and that dentistry was a place where women could excel.

Sarah Grimke, Early Suffragette
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I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask our brethren is that they will take their feet off our necks. – Sarah Grimke, early suffragette.

Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor

The Dental Times Dispute

If you follow The Lucy Hobbs Project, you’re familiar with the story of Lucy Hobbs, the young woman who sought a career as a dentist, but was constantly denied entrance to dental school based solely on her gender. This was common across a range of educational institutes; law schools, medical schools, and dental schools, among others, frequently denied women admittance to their programs.

Dental Times

Around the same time Lucy Hobbs was finishing up her dental studies in Ohio, a dispute was brewing in Pennsylvania between the pages of The Dental Times, featuring arguments both for and against allowing women to be dentists.

The 1866, Volume III, Number 4 issue of The Dental Times featured two articles, one advocating for women in dentistry, and the other arguing they are “not fitted physically for such taxing work”.

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The first article is the Valedictory address of James Truman, DDS, dean of the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery from 1865-1876. In it, he states:

The recognition of the right of every human being to an equal share in the privileges that we enjoy, has not yet become a principle of faith and practice, as I think it should. We say to one-half of the human family, stitch, stitch, darn stockings, make shoes for a shilling, stand behind counters for two or three dollars per week, do anything, but don’t enter the sacred precincts that we have marked out for our peculiar benefit…Talent is of no sex, color or clime…

This thought was revolutionary for the time and Dr. Truman knew it.

…It may be that I stand alone in these views, both with the Faculty of this College and the audience; but I trust not, as in my judgement, the advancement of the world depends, to a large extent, upon their adoption.

The Opposing View

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Within the same scientific journal, there came the opposing view, with the glaring title, “Dental Surgery – Should Females Practice It?” Its author, Dr. George T. Barker, editor of The Dental Times, emphatically believed women were not suited for the physical rigors of dentistry.

Dr. Barker states, in part:

Should females be encouraged to enter the dental profession? I contend they should not, and it is with no disrespect that the assertion is made. The same reason holds good against females practicing dentistry that it does against a feeble male, for the reasons as previously stated. The very form and structure of a woman unfit her for its duties…

By 1872, three women were admitted to the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery; however, after completing the first year, they were not allowed to return because they were women. When that occurred, there was a dissenting vote by a member of the faculty. The matter then was brought to a committee of members of the board, who rendered the decision that “a student could not be cast out without due cause.” In 1874, two of the three women graduated from the college. Obviously some agreed with Dean Truman, regarding women in dentistry.

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On this #WomensEqualityDay, we are glad that more and more people are of the mind of Dr. Truman rather than Dr. Barker. Here’s to more women in dentistry and to the pioneers, like Lucy Hobbs Taylor, Henriette Hirschfeld, and others who defied convention to become dentists.

Next year, the 19th Amendment turns 100! Here’s to more “firsts” for women!

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

Dr. Charmaine Ng is a Woman to Watch in dentistry

This fall, the Lucy Hobbs Project will host its 7th annual Celebration honoring women in dentistry. The event, hosted in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists on October 3-5, 2019 at The Blackstone, Chicago will feature a lineup of inspirational and insightful guest speakers and panelists in line with the theme, Mind+Body+Spirit and close with a give back session to benefit the nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. (Register today:  https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/ )

Expect to be wowed.

Each year, though, the Celebration’s high point cannot be matched by any of these spectacular speakers and events. When The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards are presented to six indomitable women who are reshaping the profession of dentistry, awe-inspiring moments ensue.

As the applause dies down and each person is introduced, those in attendance have an opportunity to view the change one person can affect in the world.
This year, one of those changemakers is Charmaine Ng, DMD, recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award.

Ready to be inspired by Charmaine Ng, DMD?

Most of Dr. Charmaine Ng’s patients are experiencing homelessness or struggling with other barriers to quality healthcare; she aims to restore tooth function and self-confidence through dentistry, while providing integrated care.

To meet the needs of the underserved in her community, Dr. Ng created a dental program, HealthRIGHT360, in San Francisco, California. As the Founding Dental Director, she developed a whole body, integrated care approach that utilized the dental, medical, medical assisted therapy (MAT), and behavioral health services on site after early years dedicated to volunteerism.

What fueled her passion for giving back?

As an undergraduate student at University of California San Diego, Charmaine Ng dedicated her efforts with a student-run free dental clinic, and this passion for service led her to A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health to pursue a career in dentistry. Inspired by her educational experience, she continued to serve on the School’s alumni board for six years after graduation.

By engaging in local community health committees and the San Francisco Dental Society, she gathered data and assessed the needs of the community to expand HealthRIGHT360’s clinical site and also the scope of the practice to children who have limited access to dental care.

Dr. Ng is an American College of Dentists’ Fellow 2019 

Meet Dr. Ng and hear more about her incredible journey at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration! Bring the whole team. Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Incisal Edge fall issue, featuring ‘40 Under 40,’ America’s Best Young Dentists, just days away #IE40Under40

Dental lifestyle magazine expands signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; fall edition spotlights 80 professionals from across the United States.

On September 1, the fall issue of Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will publish digitally at IncisalEdgeMagazine.com and in print, reaching 130,000 readers via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Inside: a pictorial honoring 80 of America’s rising stars of dentistry. (Shown on the cover, above: two honorees, Dr. Tyler and Elizabeth Carmack)

An expansion of the magazine’s signature 40 Under 40 awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

Earlier this summer, honorees were invited to an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis, a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, and the Incisal Edge staff. The photography portfolio created by editorial and commercial photographer Matt Furman and Macrae Marran will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. More than 68 honorees and their guests attendedthe celebration, sponsored by 3M, Benco Dental, Carestream Dental, Midmark, Septodont and Vatech.

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Dr. Heidi B. Aaronson, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Dr. Michelle Augello, Buffalo, New York

Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Andrew F. Bartish, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Sarah Blair, West Allis, Wisconsin

Dr. Jaime S. Bremnes, Garden City and New York, New York
Dr. Corey Brick, New York, New York

Dr. Elizabeth Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont

Dr. Tyler J. Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont

Dr. Stanford Chen, Bellevue, Washington

Dr. Riley D. Clark, Medford, Oregon

Dr. Christen Dinkha, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Emily Dodds, Long Beach, California

Dr. Dustin R. C. Dodds, Long Beach, California

Dr. Ryan Dulde, Eagle, Wisconsin

Dr. Kajuana Farrey, Riverdale and Moultrie, Georgia

Dr. Brianna Ganson, Leawood, Kansas

Dr. Randi Green, Springfield, Missouri

Dr. Dan Iannotti, Valencia, California

Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California

Dr. Sako Karakozian, Studio City, California

Dr. Bill Keith, Mission, Kansas

Dr. Brittany Kinol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Arend Klooster, Holly Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg, New York, New York

Dr. Taline Kotchounian, Studio City, California

Dr. Kiwon Lee, Montvale, New Jersey

Dr. Katie McCann Lee, Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Jeff Moon, Haymarket, Virginia

Dr. Brett Moore, Plymouth, Minnesota,

Dr. Nicole R. Naylor, Denver, North Carolina

Dr. JC Owens, Coal Township, Pennsylvania

Dr. Seena Patel, Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Onika Patel, Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Shalin Patel, Dallas, Texas

Dr. Rebecca Pounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille, Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Caleb Robinson, New Philadelphia, Ohio

Dr. Jason Watts, Lithia, Florida

Dr. Richard J. Weber, Tabernacle, New Jersey.

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Dr. Huda Aljonaidy, Ormond Beach, Florida

Dr. Daniel Cassarella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Quinn Chan, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Dr. Monica Chandran, Olney, Maryland

Dr. Rita Chuang, Torrance, California

Dr. Charlie Clark, Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona

Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad, Chanhassen, Minnesota

Dr. Mark M. Dawoud, Palm Harbor, Florida

Dr. Hemant Dhawan, Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia

Dr. Nasem Dunlop, Foothill Ranch, California

Dr. Troy Eans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Roselyne Gichana, Falls Church, Virginia

Dr. Susan Hernandez, Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, Tennessee

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, Swansea, Massachusetts

Dr. Tommy Lee, Montvale, New Jersey and New York, New York

Dr. Setareh Aghabak Lavasani, Pomona, California

Dr. Danielle Lombardi, New York, New York

Dr. Shawn Marsh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Ryan Mendro, Winter Garden, Florida

Dr. Justin Messina, Englewood, New Jersey

Dr. Alexis K. Moore, Valencia, California

Dr. Bar Nguyen, Spring and Katy, Texas

Dr. Lizzie O’Dell, Hurricane, West Virginia

Dr. BiNa Oh, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Dr. Valerie Okehie, Greenbelt, Maryland

Dr. Liliana Ortiz, New York, New York

Dr. Hubert J. Park, Lynn, Massachusetts

Dr. Mary Regina Pham, Placentia, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa, California

Dr. Sean Pierce, Newport Beach and Tustin, California

Dr. Joel M. Preminger, Cedarhurst, New York

Dr. Kadambari Rawal, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Samantha Rawdin, New York, New York

Dr. Tunhina Sen Roy, Little Falls, New Jersey

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, Austin, Texas

Dr. Andrea Smith, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Dr. Sarah Stipho, Framingham, Massachusetts

Dr. Walter D. Thames, Garden Ridge, Texas

Dr. Alexander Volchonok, New York, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut

Dr. Stephanie Zeller, Seattle, Washington.

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in the profession. Renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy or a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

About Benco Dental


Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Balance your body and mind at #LHP19 with Anelody Tice

Dentistry takes its toll on the body. If an expert offered to help your body restore its physical, emotional, mental and physiological balance and retain it through movement, touch and music, would you try it?

Anelody Tice grew up studying ballet. From the age of 5, she enjoyed the movement and creativity of dance. As an adult she found the same passion with Yoga and Pilates and continued to learn about the body while studying Massage, Craniosacral and Visceral Therapy. The past 15 years have brought her to culminate experiences and skills into an integrated approach to help people seeking health.

She’ll share her unique take on therapeutic movement this fall at an event that celebrates women in dentistry.

Anelody Tice, LMP, CCST will lead a session in this powerful #GyroKinetic way of working out. She’ll share easy home exercises to keep you energized, strong and balanced at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration on October 3-5 The Blackstone in Chicago.

Join her and 9 more incredible speakers, earn 4 CE credits & celebrate women in dentistry at this event with the theme Mind+Body+Soul! Register: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/be…/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Want to register and attend?

Learn more about this incredible event: https://us.dental-tribune.com/c/benco-dental-company-usa/news/https-us-dental-tribune-com-login-logged_outtrue/

Earn 4 CE credits and celebrate women in dentistry! Register: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/be…/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Creating a positive place in the universe: Nicole Zwiercan meets #LHP19

Giving back. Finding strength in difficult times. Inspiring others to use their voice to promote positive change. One woman does it all … and more.

Nicole Zwiercan, Mrs. USA Universe 2018 and a Registered Dental Hygienist who was recently named one of Chicago’s “Most Inspiring People” will discuss how to grow stronger from trials and celebrate triumphs at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration. Join her Oct. 3-5 at The Blackstone, Chicago.

Earn 4 CE credits and celebrate women in dentistry! Register: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/be…/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

As Mrs. USA Universe 2018, Nicole sets out to inspire people all over the world to celebrate their triumphs, and grow stronger from their trials. She was honored to represent the USA this past December in Cebu, Philippines at the 12th Annual Mrs. Universe Pageant, where she placed first Runner Up to Mrs. Universe 2018. She also won “Most Photogenic” and the “Humanitarian Award” for her work in the community out of the 88 countries that participated.

In 2016 Nicole was named Mrs. Illinois International and dedicated her year to breaking the stigmas that surround bullying. As a victim herself, of workplace bullying and harassment, she created a worldwide, multilingual campaign to raise awareness that #BullyingDoesNotDiscriminate. Through this campaign she also developed her own app “Kindness Crossing Borders” to further reach people universally. She won the “Overall Best Interview Award” out of 62 contestants from all over the world, also earning her a First Runner‐ Up finish for Mrs. International 2016. She was proud to have completed over 100 charitable appearances and days of service that year.

In 2015 Nicole created her nonprofit “Be Kind. Make a Difference” which is dedicated to inspiring kindness, inclusion and acceptance. After her daughter received a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis, this last March, her mission has never been more important to her. She truly believes that difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.

Nicole is the author of the blog “It’s Simple. Be Kind” (www.itssimplebekind.com) which to date, has had over 65,000 visitors from all over the world. She uses this blog to show that we can acknowledge the storms we undoubtedly encounter in life, but more importantly, we should choose to celebrate the rainbows.

Nicole has an extensive professional dance background having danced in the AFL and NBA for the Chicago Bulls from 2001‐2010. Through those experiences, she’s become comfortable serving as a spokesperson and ambassador for many international companies all over the nation. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Art History. She also has earned a degree in Science and Dental Hygiene from Kennedy King & University of Illinois at Chicago: College of Dentistry in 2011.

She has been a practicing hygienist in both specialties of pediatric dentistry, as well as periodontics for the last eight years.

Most recently, Nicole was featured in the book “Beyond the Interview: A 52 Week Guide of Inspiration,” as one of the top interviews of the year from The Whitney Reynolds Show. She also was named one of Chicago’s “Most Inspiring People” by Voyage Chicago Magazine. Nicole currently is a reporter for the Comcast show Community Connection. Together with her family, Dr. Christopher Zwiercan, her son Cristiano (5) and their daughter Ashlynn (2), she hopes to not only be a voice, but a light for families that are navigating through the storms of diagnosis… and to show that it’s OK to have a different kind of perfect.