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.
While we generally profile great women from dentistry’s past, we do not want to neglect any woman of the past who has advanced the cause of equality for women and the advancement of society in general. On the run-up to the 100th anniversary of American women getting the vote (women were enfranchised via the 19th amendment on August 26, 1920) we are profiling a woman who worked tirelessly for others in the medical field as a nurse and also championed women’s right to vote – Mary Bartlett Dixon Cullen. She displayed the tenacity and persistence, along with the will to make things better, that we at Benco Dental and the entire Lucy Hobbs Project hope to support in today’s women dentists.
Mary was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1873. Her father, William T. Dixon, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University Hospital before becoming President of the hospital; he also owned the Dixon-Bartlett Company and was president of the National Exchange Bank. Mary Bartlett Dixon was admitted to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, as many other young women were starting to do, as the Civil War had opened that career up for females.
At the time of her enrollment, the student nurses worked longer hours than the Principal of the School of Nursing, Adelaide Nutting, thought they should. She figured with the President of the university’s daughter enrolled, he would see and hopefully, reduce, the number of hours the nurses toiled. This strategy worked, and Mr. Dixon reduced the hours, however; Miss Dixon worked twice as hard as her peers and graduated in 1903.
No Longer Neutral
As she started working, Mary chafed at the neutral stance nurses were expected to exhibit in the face of political inequality. At one point, she wrote a letter to the editor of the American Journal of Nurses criticizing the journal’s neutral position on women’s suffrage. She rapidly realized that one could not separate women’s health with women’s rights – they were undeniably linked. How could you improve people’s health if you couldn’t improve their lot politically? In October 1908, Dixon published an essay titled “Votes for Women” in the Nurses’ Journal of the Pacific Coast. Dixon asserted, “no other issue or matter could be attended to until nurses were politically oriented.” She urged nurses to find out the voting laws in each state, as some states (particularly in the West) allowed women to vote in local elections, although by the early 1900s, if a state had allowed women to vote in certain elections, they might have revoked such rights and no woman could vote in a national election. Most states had some combination of rules that allowed almost any one, (sometimes they needed to own property) over the age of 21 and who lived in a community for one year to be eligible to vote ‘except women, children, idiots, and criminals,” Mary found.
By October 1909, Mary was the chairman of the Woman’s Suffrage Association of Maryland, compiling a pamphlet championing the cause of women to vote. Along with working tirelessly for suffrage, she continued her nursing. She worried that there was no nursing school or hospital in Easton, the seat of Talbot County, Maryland. In 1907, she and Elizabeth Wright set up a school of nursing with no money – it was all staffed by volunteers. The school eventually became the MacQueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing and then part of the Allied Health program at Chesapeake College. She was also the founder of the Talbot County Children’s Aid Society.
Not Afraid to Suffer for the Cause
Credit: Photograph by Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C., November 10, 1917. Cropped version of the photograph published in The Suffragist 5, no. 95 (Nov. 17, 1917). Available from the Library of Congress, National Woman’s Party Records, Group II, Container II:276, Folder: Group Photographs Nos. 77-87, and online at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mnwp.276023.A few years later the issue of women’s suffrage was facing several important votes. A portion of the suffrage movement known as the National Woman’s Party led by suffragist Alice Paul became the first “cause” to picket outside the White House. The ladies marched with signs and held mostly peaceful protests. In March 1913, Woodrow Wilson received the first suffragists in the White House—led by Alice Paul, and including Mary Bartlett Dixon and three others. Because state level suffrage was met with great resistance, suffragists like Dixon knew that a constitutional amendment was the only way to gain equality everywhere. On November 10, 1917, Dixon posed with a group of women protestors for a photograph including the suffrage banner and a critique of President Wilson. That day, Dixon was arrested for picketing the White House. She was sent to the Occoquan Workhouse along with many other suffragists.
This stint in the workhouse apparently did not stop Mary from continuing her quest for universal suffrage. She went back to Maryland and continued the fight.
Gaining the Vote
Mary Bartlett Dixon was married shortly before she gained the right to vote. She married Dr. Thomas S. Cullen, a gynecologist at Johns Hopkins, in a small ceremony surrounded by family on April 6, 1920.
In 1949 the Board of the Memorial Hospital of Easton decided to name establish a new fund in Mary’s name, the Mary Bartlett Dixon Cullen fund for Nursing Education.
After her husband died in 1953, she donated her Baltimore home to the American Cancer Society.
A Quaker, she was a member of the Friends Meeting in Easton, Maryland. Mary Bartlett Dixon Cullen died on September 6, 1957, at her home, Moreling Chance, near Easton. She was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Easton, Talbot County, Maryland.
For more information on the unsung life of Mary Bartlett Dixon, see this biographical sketch here.
For more information on the Benco Dental Lucy Hobbs Project, supporting women in dentistry, click here.
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.
A group of dentists working together in a central location and offering all sorts of dental procedures, painlessly – that’s a modern invention, right? Wrong! Back at the turn of the last century, there were several dental groups that advertised “Painless Dentistry”.
How painless were they? It’s hard to determine that now, but several made that claim. The first outfit I came across that advertised “…teeth extracted, filled or crowned without pain…” was the Boston Painless Dentists (shown at left), advertising, not in Boston, but way out in Seattle, Portland, and Tacoma in 1904. My first thought was that they were probably using cocaine, or some other now-banned drug to help with the pain. They did not reveal their pain-relief methods.
Then there was the Chicago Painless Dentists (shown below), again, not practicing in Chicago, but in Portland, Oregon. They claimed to extract teeth, “…WITHOUT PAIN. Nothing inhaled – no gas, no chloroform or ether – and above all, no cocaine…” That sounds good, doesn’t it? Possibly better than the Boston Painless Dentists.
A Fairy Tale You Say?
Moving East toward the middle of the United States, we run into the New York Painless Dentists (shown below). Why are all these groups of dentists named for Eastern towns? I don’t know; possibly because it made them sound more professional, being from “back East”. They apparently operated out of the Kansas area, although they also claimed to have offices in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Again, they do not state what they do (or don’t do) that makes their dentistry painless, so we can only guess. If you read the testimonials, they apparently had many satisfied customers. If they used some mixture of alcohol or cocaine, I’m not surprised they had happy customers (and pain-free procedures!
Painless Romine — Man of Mystery
One other dental group I identified in newspaper ads placed during the turn of the century was practicing painless dentistry in the Midwest — the Union Painless Dentists, fronted by a dentist by the name of Romine (sometimes misspelled “Romaine”). In the advertisements (one shown above), he is sometimes referred to as the Manager of the Union Painless Dentists.
While he may have started off as a real person, he eventually becomes a figurehead for the Union Painless Dentists. He is at first referred to as S.A. Romine, M.D.H.D, D.D.S., but after a few years, the advertisements I found simply refer to him as “Painless Romine”. I could not find any information regarding his dental degree, schooling, or town of origin. He claimed to make dentistry painless by way of drugs he had developed: Anzone, Man-No-Pain and Nox-U. Needless to say, the ads list no ingredients. They claim exclusivity to Union Painless Dentists and Dr. Romine.
Setting Up Shop
The method for the Union Painless Dentists and various other dental groups, was to create a permanent office in one town, then travel to surrounding towns and set up shop in local hotels. The dentists would advertise to the public that they were available to treat patients for a limited time in the temporary location.
It appears “Painless Romine” and the Union Painless Dentists continued until the early 1920s, or at least after that period ads were no longer in newspapers. By the 1920s, the Union Painless Dentists group was referred to as the Union Dental Company and they advertised “practically painless” dentistry, not completely painless dentistry. Perhaps their remedies weren’t so effective, after all.
“Painless Romine” had the last laugh, though, as this little newspaper blurb states.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
“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. 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.”
The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. As summer winds to its end, Benco Dental breezes in with a few advancements to consider, in the form of its Six Neat Things promotion.
Bend Septodont Evolution needles more easily with the TNN Needle Guide
The TNN Needle Guide will allow dentists to more safely and
effectively bend a Septodont Evolution needle to the 90° – 130° angle needed
for the TNN Technique.
The TNN Needle Guide offers several features and benefits, which include:
Guide for bending dental needles prior to use
Pre-sterilization for single-use that protects patients from cross-contamination
Groove to apply device to cannula of needle to protect against needle-stick injuries.
The guides can also be used in other dental procedures where dentists determine the need.
For more information on the TNN Needle Guide, click here.
patients rid their teeth of stubborn plaque with the GC Tri Plaque ID Gel
This product allows patients to easily visualize the areas where they should concentrate and improve their brushing and flossing routine. It identifies areas were plaque still remains after teeth have been brushed.
The GC Tri Plaque ID Gel offers several benefits, which include:
Ease of application and removal
Ability to assess the effect of dietary changes
Identification new, old, and extra-high caries risk plaque
Inclusion of sucrose to enhance acid-producing plaque
For more information on the GCI Tri Plaque ID Gel, click here.
Extend the life of your extraction forceps with the new Banditt Xtra Grip forceps
A Titan’s black Diamond Nano composite coating offers unique properties from natural diamonds, which gives the forceps a high micro-hardness, exceptional resistance when it comes to corrosion and even resistance to abrasive wear for up to 50 years.
These forceps offer many beneficial qualities that set them apart from their competitors:
Non-reflective in patients’ mouths
Additionally, the beaks of the forceps reduce hard- and soft-tissue damage. They also offer new beak innovation with biomechanics grooves that provide an unparalleled grip, compared to other forceps on the market.
Read more about the Banditt Xtra Grip Forceps here.
Efficiently and safely shape canals with the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files
This Benco Brands system offers file-to-file matches to other brands.
The Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files are compatible with the same motor, handpiece and setting as the other brands, so there’s no transition time.
Benefits of the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files include:
Shortened shaping time
Compatibility with existing handpieces and settings
Allowances for a wide range of canal morphologies
More information on the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files can be
Promote the formation of strong, permanent bonds with Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean
This universal paste effectively cleans the bonding surfaces
of dental restorations that have been contaminated after intraoral try-in
to create optimum conditions for the adhesive luting procedure.
Ivoclean effectively cleans all types of restorative
Zirconium oxide ceramics
Aluminum oxide ceramics
Precious metal alloys
Base metal alloys
Lab-fabricated composite restorations
The economic and time-saving gel allows the try-in of pretreated restorations.
Click here to learn more about Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean.
Simplify office spaces and create better patient connections with Mora cabinetry
Mora from Herman Miller is a versatile casework solution that furnishes spaces across a facility and keeps people focused on each other.
Mora cabinetry offers an alternative to traditional millwork and provides clean lines, thoughtful features and the ability for customization.
What does Mora offer?
Short lead times
Modern healthcare design
Mora offers simple, yet elegant design features, all while keeping its functionality at the forefront of its purpose. This system allows doctors to achieve beautiful, well-running, practical office spaces.
Ten-year associate at nation’s largest privately-owned dental distributor delivers smiles to Pennsylvania students
Unless it’s during a visit to the dentist, people rarely volunteer details on their toothbrush and floss habits. Not the case with the five-and-under crowd at Building Blocks Learning Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania. This summer, 26 students there were more than willing to express their enthusiasm for dental hygiene, as well as love and admiration for the Benco Dental Tooth Fairy.
Resplendent in white attire
and a glittering crown and wings, Pat
Motyka, a Tooth Customer Service Specialist at the dental distributor’s home
office in Pittston, entered a classroom at Building Blocks Learning Center on
While students were rushing to impress her with discussion of the frequency of their brush and floss routines, a particularly excited young girl eagerly raised her hand to tell the Tooth Fairy that she loved her. Two others, Delilah and Vijay showered the Fairy with compliments about her “sparkly wings” and the gifts she presented them before she took flight: a take-home package for each student complete with a dental kit, stickers and other surprises.
“They know she’s real, rather than just their imagination. Seeing the Tooth Fairy in their class makes them think, ‘Oh, I have to brush my teeth, I have to make sure they’re healthy.’ They know that when they lose a tooth it’ll be OK; she’ll visit and keep their teeth safe.”
A teacher at Building Blocks Learning Center, Dallas, PA
Students intently listened and watched as the Larksville-based Tooth Fairy spoke to the importance of brushing and flossing, read two stories about dental hygiene, and distributed cartoon tooth coloring sheets. Motyka offered students a hands-on experience by allowing them to brush the teeth of Finn, a plush shark puppet used for dental hygiene demos (shown at top). Students were able to practice proper technique with an oversized toothbrush.
Though new to the Tooth Fairy
role, with just two classroom visits under her wings, Motyka brings 10 years of
dental industry experience to her position at Benco Dental.
“Later that day, my coworker Dave Tosh (Benco Fleet and Logistics Manager) emailed me. His daughter was one of the students, and she couldn’t wait to come home to tell him about my visit. That made me feel really good.”
Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka
Aside from adding a little sparkle to their day, she feels her visits make a difference.
“A lot of parents don’t tell their kids about dental health — I know mine didn’t. I think it’s important, because that’s the first thing you see when you talk to someone: their teeth. Benco was kind enough to donate tooth gel, toothbrushes, and brushing charts for the dental kit, which will help them.”
Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka
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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
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 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. 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.”
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
The giving season is every season at Benco Dental. This month, it includes a Christmas in July food drive at the company’s home office in Pennsylvania. Each department competed to see who could raise the most money and donate the most food.
The money collected is being donated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the food is being donated to the CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) Food Bank. The competition took place over the past two weeks, and the departments got a little competitive.
Talk about competitive spirit
Truckloads of donations in the IT department
The IT department was determined to donate as much food as they possibly could for the food drive.
To accomplish this goal, some associates brought in trailers full of non-perishables to contribute.
By Friday, July 19, the IT department had collected a whopping 1,452 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables.
“Wow… the most impressive thing about the win is that we won for the right reasons. The IT Team really got behind giving back to the community and making a difference – mission accomplished! Thank you to everyone in the IT team who passionately participated!”
Benco Chief Information Officer Mike Burns
What’s better than a sweet treat after lunch?
Associates in the Marketing and Supply Chain department decided to take a sweeter route to help raise their donations.
The team decided to host a bake sale in Kitty’s Kitchen, the company cafeteria where all of the CenterPoint East associates eat lunch during work days.
The Marketing and Supply Chain team members contributed baked goods for the sale, and their hard work resulted in an additional $365 in donations.
Operations department takes action to ‘ketchup’ in the rankings
Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, was determined to help the Operations department a higher ranking than in previous years.
That would explain why Lisa and two of her peers, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control and Returns, dressed as the summer picnic favorites of ketchup, mustard and a hot dog to solicit donations around the building.
The effort put forth by the three Operations associates proved to be effective, considering they earned $187 on their walks around the building.
They traveled around the second floor and down to the first floor of the building to see if their costumes would persuade employees in other departments (aka their fundraising rivals) to donate.
Apart from their costumed collection to help out good causes, the Operations and Finance team divisions also hosted a “pie-the-manager” or “pie-the-supervisor” competition, where associates could contribute funds via individual jars that featured their managers’ and supervisors’ names.
How did the competition ‘wrap’ up?
The food drive competition drew to its end Wednesday, July 24, and the results have finally been announced.
The IT department led the company in first place, managing to collect a total of 4,571.20 lbs. of food and monetary donations. This beats their last year’s total of 3,603.75 lbs.
Overall, the entire building raised a grand total of 11,868.87 lbs. in both food and monetary donations. This beats last year’s total by 77 lbs.
Who’s getting a pie in the face?
As the food drive came to an end, so did the intense sub-competition within the Operations and Finance Departments.
All Operations Managers and Supervisors were at risk of getting a face full of pie, but only two will actually have to face the desserts head on.
Darren Savage, Returns and Vendor Credits Supervisor, had a total of $422.95 donated to the Pie-the-Manager competition. Mike Zwierko, Manager of the Distribution Center, earned second place with donations placed in his jar. These two Benco Associates were able to collect the most money and food within the Operations Department and each will receive a face full of pie next week.
Pie, hot dogs, baked goods … it all led to more support for those in need in one Pennsylvania community
No matter who ends up getting pied, all that matters is that
the Benco community was able to come together to make a difference for those in