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.

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron on how struggles lead to success #IE40Under40

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, DMD, has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees.

Dr. Salmeron with Benco Dental Chairman and Customer Advocate Larry Cohen (left) at this year’s 40 Under 40 event in NYC.

This accomplishment, along with many other great feats, such as graduating from the top of her class at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine (while also waiting tables at her local diner) and starting a new dental practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas, makes it clear that Dr. Salmeron is equipped with a ferocious and undying drive to succeed.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Clevelang, Ohio.

Just as everyone faces difficult times, Dr. Salermon had struggles of her own to overcome while trying to pave the path for a career in dentistry.

Dr. Yuliya looked her troubles straight in the eye and came barreling at them, determined to overcome all of the odds pinned against her.

This determination and endless perseverance is the reason Dr. Yuliya Salmeron is where she is today.

Hardships growing up

Coming to the United States from Russia as a child, Dr. Yuliya had a bit more to work through than the average child.

The key to her success? Constantly staying positive. Her good attitude is responsible for all that she has and will continue to accomplish.

“I was hungry for a better life. My family was still in Russia, and I wanted to help them tremendously. Honestly, I had no time to be negative.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

This survival instinct sparked a fire in Dr. Salmeron, and she knew that she would stop at nothing to bring her family the life they deserve.

Despite this unwavering determination, Dr. Salmeron still admits that there were a few moments of fear and stress that made her question the achievability of her goals.

“The fear of failure came over me several times when I was going through college in my twenties; it caused a lot of stress.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Overcoming the struggles

By remembering all that she had on the line – both in her family life and professional life – Dr. Salmeron learned to overcome the stress and not let it bother her, no matter how intense things seemed to get.

“Without the safety net of my parents to back me up, I stopped doubting myself and realized that the only way I could go was forward.”

Soaking up the family time

Today, Dr. Salmeron soaks up every minute of family time she is blessed with.

Dr. Salmeron’s two sons visit her at her practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas.

“One of the best parts about my family life is being with my boys and watching them grow. They are incredibly smart, and sometimes the best memories are made doing something as simple as watching cartoons with them,” Dr. Salmeron said.

Prioritizing her practice

Apart from her family life, Dr. Salmeron also enjoys making memories in her professional career.  She aims to make a difference in her patients’ lives every day.

Dr. Salmeron’s practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas.

“As an endodontist, I try to save my patients’ natural teeth, so seeing them right away is critical when they are in pain.  I aim to create a relaxing, almost spa-like experience when I perform procedures that alleviate any discomfort they might be having.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Future Plans for her Practice

In the future, Dr. Salmeron plans to continue building upon her professional successes. Since her practice, Edge Endodontics, has only been up and running for a little over eight months, Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there’s still a lot of work to do.

“My goals include things like providing infinite support to my fellow dentists, as well as offering immediate appointments for emergency cases to relieve my patients’ pain,” Dr. Salmeron said.

Juggling it all

With running a new practice comes its own difficulties. Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there are still some roadblocks ahead, especially as a single parent in the field of dentistry.

“Juggling motherhood, personal relationships and my professional career is sometimes exhausting and very challenging,” Dr. Salmeron said. “Most people say it’s important to find a balance, but I don’t think there is one.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, DMD.

Dr. Salmeron realizes that it’s impossible to do all things well. Some days are more centered around her practice and other days around her kids. In the end, she has to remind herself of the sacrifices she’s making to ensure her kids have a good, solid future ahead of them.

Her advice to other doctors

In the end, Dr. Salmeron urges all others in similar situations to remind themselves that working hard doesn’t make you a bad mother, partner, friend, or anything along the lines.

Dr. Salmeron is looking forward to the challenges her future career will hold. The bigger the challenge, the better-suited doctor she will become.

“Opposition is good. Just as lifting heavier weights in the gym builds a stronger muscle, facing a harder challenge builds a better professional.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Dr. Janice Doan to lead third location of A+Family Dentistry #IE40Under40

It all comes back to family

An alum of the Incisal Edge’s 2015 40 Under 40, Dr. Janice Doan never rests on her laurels – she continues demonstrate her hard working and ambition every day.

In recent years, Dr. Doan has made several advancements in her professional life as well as in her family’s practice, A+ Family Dentistry. These depict how dedication to career can result in endless opportunities for connection and empowerment.

Yesterday, A+ Family Dentistry announced that in addition to their locations in Poway and El Cajon, they are opening a third office in Sorrento Valley in mid-August. Founded by Dr. Justene Doan and Dr. Roger Tran in 2002, this family owned dentistry has been providing affordable dental care service to the San Diego community for over 17 years.


“With the two offices that are already established in different areas, the Sorrento Valley location will be managed by my sister Dr. Janice Doan to provide comprehensive dental care at affordable costs for those residing between Poway and San Diego.”

Dr. Justene Doan
Dr. Janice Doan holds the key to the A+ Family Dental location in Sorrento Valley which she will manage.

Community activist

Dr. Janice Doan

The further she advances in her dental career, the more Dr. Doan is recognized for her wisdom and abundance of knowledge.

A community activist, Dr. Janice Doan has also been volunteering and participating in various programs in the community including one called Give Back a Smile or GBAS. This program was established to connect eligible survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence who’ve received dental injuries from the abuse with volunteer cosmetic dentists throughout the United States and Canada.


“This year, the program I have volunteered for is to provide dental care to a domestic violence survivor who suffers from teeth injuries. The patient that I am working with suffered a life-altering situation that affects her smile and her well-being. As it is something that everyone sees and is such a major physical attribute, a smile can affect every aspect of life.”

“At A+ Family dentistry, we make it a point to let patients know that we’re here to help. Not only the dentists and the office want to help, but the businesses that support our dental office as well. One of our labs was also able to contribute the parts and ceramics imperative for this patient’s well-being, free of charge. Thanks to the GBAS program, she can now live her life as she was meant to, happily and with a gorgeous smile.”

Dr. Janice Doan

In need of support?

Those who needs help through GBAS can call the toll free number at (800)773-GBAS (4227), or email givebackasmile@aacd.com For more information visit http://www.givebackasmile.com.

Action to Win

Dr. Janice Doan has been sharing advice on topics such as freedom in the workplace and the empowerment of women in dentistry across several different platforms.

On August 9 and 10, Dr. Doan will be speaking at the “Action to Win” event at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, California. The event unites dentists from all over the world to discuss how to create profitable, impactful and enjoyable businesses.

Dr. Janice Doan featured in the “Action to Win” flyer.

Dr. Doan will speak about her role as a Community Influencer at this year’s event.

“I want to create a massive impact that will have a positive ripple effect not just in my own community, but also worldwide. A community isn’t just where I live, it’s who I connect with and who I can help.”

Dr. Janice Doan

The Dentist Freedom Blueprint

Dr. Doan was also able to share her wisdom when she featured as a guest on Dr. David Phelps’ podcast, “The Dentist Freedom Blueprint”.

Dr. David Phelps’ “The Dentist Freedom Blueprint”.

“The ultimate goal is freedom physically, financially, and spiritually, and what that means for each person. For me, it is being able to prioritize and be willing to sacrifice some things for others so that I can reach my goals,” Dr. Doan said.

Dr. Doan reflects on what she was doing well in her professional career and figures out how to duplicate her areas of success. Ultimately, Dr. Doan aims to create systems that work well and are simple enough for everyone to adopt.

Family life: Leading by example

Dr. Doan also showcased how her professional life relates to her family life. In regard to her five-year-old son, Jake, Dr. Doan said she often teaches him the how to handle the basics of life through leading by example.

She enjoys watching her son pick up on these behaviors and eventually implement them.

Dr. Janice Doan smiles with her 5-year-old son, Jake (left).

“For example, I went to the gym for my workout. Jake came with me and wanted to do what I was doing. He and I had a great training session at the gym with my trainer,” Dr. Doan said.

Dr. Doan loves watching her son adapt and pick up on the positive habits she sets forth for him. Family has and continues to be a staple in Dr. Doan’s life.

Gaining strength through strife

Family holds such a special place in Dr. Doan’s heart mostly because of the hardships she and her family first encountered when they arrived in the United States from Vietnam.

As a child, Dr. Doan grew up with her brother and sister, all of who were raised by their grandparents. Absent from their early childhood lives were their parents, who were raising their youngest brother in a different city.

Childhood photo of Dr. Janice Doan and her family.

Dr. Doan said growing up without her parents around was difficult, but she knew what they were sacrificing to ensure that she and her siblings would have plentiful, successful lives. Dr. Doan explains what occurred when they reunited.

“When we finally reunited for good, it was awesome, but also very difficult. We had all grown so much that rekindling that relationship again was difficult,” Dr. Doan said.

What made everything fall back into place though was the solid foundation of love her parents put in place.

Dr. Janice Doan with her family at a younger age.

“Having such a strong foundation of love really helped us through everything. Being able to build on that foundation even more made it all worth it,” Dr. Doan said.

Getting started in dentistry

Her family was even the spark that lit Dr. Doan’s passion for dentistry, stemming from her sister’s education to her own summer volunteer work.

Dr. Doan first became interested in dentistry when she visited her sister while she was enrolled at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

Through these frequent visits, Dr. Doan watched her sister learn about dentistry through lab and clinical work. Dr. Doan was inspired meeting some of her sister’s professors and peers.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC hosts the annual Dental Explorers two-week camp.

Additionally, Dr. Doan took part in a summer program called “The Dental Explorers”. The two-week summer camp hosted by the University of Southern California helped Dr. Doan fall in love with dentistry even more.

“I enjoyed the summer camp so much that right after I finished dental school, I became the director for the Dental Explorers Program and taught the summer class,” Dr. Doan said.

What’s happening now?

To no surprise, both themes of family and dentistry continue to be central in Dr. Doan’s life. Her family’s practice, A+ Family Dentistry, keeps improving and expanding.

Dr. Doan said the goal of the family practice is not success but rather accessibility.

“We want to help people, not just in Poway and San Diego, but everywhere. The way to do this was to open another office in Sorrento Valley to help the people there,” Dr. Janice Doan said.

Dr. Betsy Carmack: Dentist, bodybuilder and worldwide champion. #IE40under40

A “Sports-Center” life

Dr. Betsy Carmack has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her accomplishments. She and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack run four dental offices in Bennington, Rutland and Shaftsbury, Vermont and carve out time for humanitarian outreach, family and other passions in life.

One that has always been central to Dr. Betsy Carmack’s life: Sports. Her childhood days were filled with everything from gymnastics, dance and cheer to basketball, softball, track and swimming.

However, as Betsy entered her teen years, she knew she could only focus on one or two sports. Ultimately, she made the choice to continue her cheerleading and gymnastic careers, and competed in both sports throughout all four years of high school.

Vanderbilt University

Betsy continued her cheerleading career at the collegiate level when she attended Vanderbilt University to earn her undergraduate degree.

Academics win the race

Dental school brought about quite a change in Dr. Carmack’s life; as someone who was always involved in athletics, attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine meant that she had to dedicate the majority of her focus on academics.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Dr. Carmack got involved in competitive athletics again. Having just moved to Connecticut and preparing for her upcoming wedding, she began to work with a trainer at a local gym.

It was there that she was introduced to head trainer Sherry Carature and several other women who were prepping for an upcoming fitness show.

Getting back into the game

Dr. Carmack was not only attracted to the idea of getting involved in a sport again but also the opportunity to bond and make some new friends, which she was able to do right away.

“I was immediately drawn to and inspired by Sherry and connected seamlessly with the other girls,” Dr. Carmack said.

After going through the group training, Dr. Carmack competed in her first fitness show, Fitness Atlantic, in April 2010.

Fitness Atlantic, 2010

Even though she did not place in the show, Dr. Carmack said that she cherished the experience because she made a ton of new friends and fell in love with the sport’s contagious energy.

Time off pays off

Dr. Carmack had to take some time off from bodybuilding and fitness shows once she and her husband, Dr. Tyler Carmack, welcomed their two children to the world. However, once they settled into their new roles as parents, Dr. Carmack was inspired to return to the sport once again. This time around the results were a bit different.

In 2014, Dr. Carmack re-entered the fitness competition world, and she was eligible to compete in the Master’s Division.

Being in this division allowed Dr. Carmack to compete against women who faced similar life situations and circumstances. Eager to compete once again, Dr. Carmack trained for and placed 4th in the Green Mountain Thaw, an all-natural bodybuilding competition hosted in Vermont.

Green Mountain Thaw is an annual fitness competition hosted in Vermont.

Dr. Carmack returned to the Green Mountain Thaw in 2018, and all of her hard work paid off, earning her the 1st place spot in the Open Tall Division and the Overall Bikini Division.

These two victories meant that Dr. Carmack received a World Beauty Fashion and Fitness (WBFF) Pro Card, along with a spot to compete in the World’s Competition in Las Vegas that August.

The World Beauty Fashion and Fitness Inc. features 9th place winner Betsy Carmack.

To prepare for this competition, Dr. Carmack completed more advanced training than ever before. At the WBFF World’s competition, Dr. Carmack not only bonded with many other like-minded fitness women from all over the globe, but also had the honor of finishing 9th worldwide in her first Pro Fitness Show.

Training behind the scenes

As if the weightlifting didn’t seem challenging enough, Dr. Carmack also took several other steps to prepare for each of her competitions.

“In bodybuilding, half of the difficulty is training your body through weights and cardio, along with knowing your angles and poses. The other half is training your mind, self- discipline and determination.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack
Dr. Betsy Carmack during a fitness photoshoot.

With such a tight schedule as a dentist, mother and humanitarian, Dr. Carmack acknowledged how difficult it is to stick to a diet when training. She often ate six meals a day, all of which consisted of vegetables, proteins, and carbs. On top of all of that, she drank a gallon of water a day, at minimum.

Goal-oriented and determined, Dr. Carmack used her objectives and desired results as the drive to keep her on track when her training challenged her. Overcoming obstacles like time constraints, energy shortages and doubt was easy once she pictured herself on stage competing.

By keeping her goals at the forefront of her mind, Dr. Carmack was able to shrink the troubling obstacles she faced, allowing her aspirations and dreams to shine through.

Life outside of the fitness world

Dr. Betsy Carmack and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack (left).

At present, Dr. Carmack is taking time to focus on her family life and her career. She is currently receiving training on dental implants and advanced surgical techniques from the Misch International Implant Institute.

This fall, she’ll be sharing her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago. Dr. Carmack will join 10 incredible speakers, including CNN’s Poppy Harlow at this celebration of women in dentistry. On the panel “Healthy Me,” Dr. Carmack and three other experts will discuss proven methods of staying in a positive headspace while working under stress. Find out details and register to attend: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

This fall, Dr. Betsy Carmack will share her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago.

Despite her busy professional and home life, Dr. Carmack still makes time to work out five to six days each week and has enrolled in a few trail races this summer. Dr. Carmack hopes to make a return to the competitive world of bodybuilding once the timing is right for both her family and her career.

Want to start your own fitness journey?

As for her advice to fitness challenge newcomers, Dr. Carmack urges anyone considering it to just go for it.

“Whether it be running, dieting, lifting or walking, find a challenge and sign up! Decide, commit, succeed.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack

Just as Dr. Carmack first began training with a group of her friends, it may be beneficial to find a training partner to make a set, recurring schedule. Dr. Carmack relied on her own accountability and determination to achieve her training goals and urges everyone else to do the same.

“Keep your head in the game and your body will follow.”

Dr. Besty Carmack advises fitness enthusiasts.

How can dentists support children in need of foster and adoptive parents in Illinois?

Participate in a give back event to benefit Let It Be Us this October in Chicago.

Children who are coming out of the hospital. Children who have never celebrated a birthday. Children who require foster parents with knowledge of American Sign Language or those interested in learning. Children who need love and hope.

These are just a few of those who find homes through the innovative programming of Let It Be Us.

The 501(c)3 Nonprofit and Child Welfare Organization founded in 2014 “designs strong and innovative programming to build a bridge between waiting children, including those who are in emergent need and/or are challenging to place, and foster and adoptive parents.”

Attendees at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration of women in dentistry, hosted at The Blackstone in Chicago, will participate in a giveback activity to benefit Let It Be Us on Saturday, October 5.

How is Let It Be Us Making a Difference?

Susan A. McConnell, the organization’s Founder and Executive Director shares a bit about the Heart Gallery, one of the Let It Be Us recruitment tools that using technology to put the information of waiting children directly into the hands of parents who are licensed and also waiting.

“I was on the team that brought the Heart Gallery of Illinois to life – the State’s first photo listing of children awaiting adoption. It’s a beautifully designed digital recruitment tool. I’m especially proud of the fact that the Heart Gallery on our website has special features that promote every child equally.  In terms of site visits, user engagement and recruiting parents for the Heart Gallery’s waiting children, our work ranks among the top in the nation.” 

Let It Be Us, according to their website, “was founded on the statistics from the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall study of children in foster care in the Midwest and those who age out of foster care, combined with the fact that Illinois ranks last in the nation at achieving permanency for her children in foster care and also ranks last in the nation at achieving adoption for her waiting children.”

Learn more about Let It Be Us

Learn more: www.letitbeus.org.

Register to attend the Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago and take part in the give back event

https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

5 reasons to register for The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration

The Lucy Hobbs Project hosts an annual celebration that encourages dental professionals to become a part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry.

At this year’s event, the 7th annual celebration of women in dentistry, Cameo Dental Specialists is partnering with Benco Dental to host at The Blackstone Hotel on October 3-5 in Chicago, Illinois.

A national initiative, powered by Benco Dental and free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession through networking, innovation and giving back. It pays tribute to the legacy of the first woman to earn a dental degree in the U.S.: Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor. When she was refused admission to dental school in 1859 because of her gender, Lucy persevered (read her inspirational story here).
This pioneering spirit fuels the Project, and its members to drive dentistry forward.
The annual celebration will not only help attendees grow individually, but will also help dental teams grow together.

On the fence about registering? You’ll be able to make a concrete decision after reading the next 5 reasons to register for this year’s Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration.

1. Networking

  • Dental professionals from all over the country attend the three-day celebration. Attendees can learn from and network with peers to gain insight. Participants have the opportunity to take part in activities in line with this year’s theme “Mind+Body+SoulAchieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work“, hosted at The Blackstone, a location outside of the typical professional environment to encourage the creation of long-term bonds.

2. Giving Back

  • The Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration not only offers attendees the opportunity to better themselves and their dental practices, but also allows them to give back to those in need. Through a collaboration with the non-profit organization Let It Be Us, those at the event will have the chance to take part in a give-back activity aimed to help find homes for the 18,000 children living in foster care across Illinois.

3. Teamwork

  • Cameo Dental Specialists joins Benco Dental in hosting this year’s celebration. Cameo Dental Specialists includes practices located across Illinois. Its doctors and highly trained staff always strive to provide exceptional care to their patients in the most comfortable environment.
Dr. Vladana Babcic will be a guest speaker during this year’s celebration.
  • Dr. Vladana Babcic, of Cameo Dental Specialists, will participate as a guest panelist at the Celebration in October and share advice gained from working in the dental profession and offer words of encouragement to attendees.

4. Empowerment

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow will be this year’s featured guest. When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, she hosts the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow” with guests including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry. Attendees will be inspired to maintain a positive mindset while striving for their long-term career goals and balance professional growth with a fulfilling family life. Harlow’s passion for life is sure to spark initiative within participants.

5. Recognition

  • Among attendees will be six exemplary women in dentistry who will receive awards that highlight their perseverance and dedication to the profession. These awards shine light on their unique accomplishments. This year’s winners will be honored at a celebratory ceremony:

Still need another reason?

Attendees will also earn three Continuing Education credits. Those interested in registering for this year’s 7th Annual Celebration at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago Oct. 3-5 can do so here.