Born into war-wracked Somalia and a refugee for years, Muktar Farah is now on the cusp of a remarkable dental career in Minnesota.
Dr. Farah shared his inspirational path to dentistry with Incisal Edge in the dental lifestyle magazine’s summer edition.
I WAS BORN in Somalia in 1991 at the beginning of the civil war. My family was displaced, and we weren’t in a position to fly out, so we fled the country on foot. We spent the first 10 years of my life in refugee camps in northeastern Kenya.
Around 1999 or 2000, we finally made it to Nairobi and had some stability. I started my schooling there. My mom valued education, so I was homeschooled and had some foundation, but I was still behind. In 2008, I completed my high school education in Nairobi.
Muktar Farah, recent graduate of Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the University of Minnesota
Through a refugee program, in 2009 Muktar Farah gained an opportunity to come to the U.S. Helpful advice from relatives who attended the University of Minnesota, a summer dental program there and a love for biology led him to dental school.
Minnesota was the first state to take Somali refugees two or three decades ago. Once you come, you don’t want to leave. The people are nice. It’s important to me that my story resonate with people, but I also want to show my appreciation to the state.
View the hooding ceremony for the Doctor of Dental Surgery candidates conducted by the faculty of the School of Dentistry that took place recently at a University of Minnesota Commencement Ceremony: https://mediaspace.umn.edu/media/t/0_7sgh6jci
John Legend, Neil Young, Robin Roberts. America’s Best Young Dentists.
Editorial and commercial photographer Matt Furman (shown above at the 2017 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session) specializes in portraiture, corporate photography, sports photography, and editorial photography. He can count the artists mentioned above among his photo subjects.
Tomorrow and Friday, June 6 and 7, Furman will be creating portraits of the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 at The James NoMad in New York City for the 9th annual installment of the feature for the nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine.
In 2011, Furman played an integral of the 40 Under 40 debut within the pages of the magazine and he’s returned on occasion to share his talents behind the lens.
For the first time, Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine expands its signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; the upcoming fall edition will spotlight 80 professionals from across the United States.
Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com
Double the excitement
Joining the creative team on location June 6 and 7 will be Macrae Marran, a photographer based in New York City, East Hampton, and Vero Beach. Marran specializes in portraiture, fashion, product photography, and landscapes.
On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.
When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, Poppy Harlow 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 (shown above, interviewing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating 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 Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.
“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates the achievements of women in dentistry. 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 practice and themselves.”
Rachel Pugh, Branding and Communications Manager for Benco Dental
As a highpoint of the three-day event, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession:
Industry Icon Award, Linda Miles, Speaker, Consultant, Author, AskLindaMiles.com, Estero, Florida
Clinical Expert Award,Deborah V. George, DDS, Executive Vice President and Chief Dental Officer, Jessie Trice Community Health System, Miami, Florida
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.
Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, 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”.
Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional tours
Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
Saturday, October 5: Morning group yoga and healthy breakfast followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that finds homes for the 18,000 children living in Illinois foster care.
Free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project invites women in dentistry women
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
Modified sophistication. Technically-advanced fabric with high-octane color. Beautiful dresses and suits designed with comfort in mind.
To get a glimpse of these freshest fashion trends, don’t miss the colorful moments and non-stop coverage of next week’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session in New York City. There, on June 6 and 7, America’s Best Young Dentists will gather for a celebration of their honor at The James Hotel.
Renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis collaborates annually with the Incisal Edge team to create the centerpiece of the fall issue.
Between working with Forbes cover models and jetting off to Milan for Fall Fashion Week, Stylist Joseph DeAcetis (in blue, at top) delivers a pop of color to every Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session.
On June 27 and 28, keynote speaker Dr. Tristan Hamilton will share unique insight on dental practice from the perspective of a dentist and architect .
In the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, attendees will earn up to 8.5 CE credits at dentistry’s leading design workshop featuring Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch. From beautiful exteriors to aesthetic details in reception areas and operatories, you’ll be inspired to take the next steps to success!
* “Financing- Putting it All Together” with Charles Loretto, Partner, Cain Watters & Associates President, National Dental Placements * “Practice Management Coaching” with Kay Huff, Benco Dental Director of Dental Coaching. * “The Power of Interior Design” with Melissa Sprau, NCIDQ, Benco Dental, Manager, CenterPoint Design
Details: Accomplish the following objectives — • Walk away with a foundation of how a properly designed office can increase production and efficiency.
• Learn what constitutes an effective floor plan.
• Know how to get the right people on your team to help you achieve the low stress office design you need to succeed.
• Discover what makes a patient more anxious in your office and how you can alleviate it.
The 2019 Annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration October 3-5 in Chicago is the perfect retreat for a dental practice. Thought leaders, panelists and networking events will focus on more than individual wellness. They’ll impart strategies for incorporating wellness concepts throughout a practice to build a happier, more productive and engaged team.
The theme: Mind+Body+Soul. Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work. The idea: Celebrate wellness together with your entire team.
Visit LucyHobbsBenco on Instagram to learn about a fun opportunity to network in Chicago
The Lucy Hobbs Project today launched a social media campaign #LucyTagAFriend that invites women in dentistry to, well, invite other women in dentistry to attend the event and celebrate together.
Details: 1. In the comments section on this post at the Lucy Hobbs Project Instagram, tag a friend who you’d like to attend The 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration this October in Chicago.
2. Add the phrase “#LucyTagAFriend”.
3. If you both register by July 19, 2019, you’ll receive a voucher to share a toast on us @TheBlackstone.”
Early film showcased everything from horror to zany comedy to … dental education films. Yes, that’s right, one of the uses of early silent film was to educate children on proper dental hygiene!
One of the first films of its kind, Tommy Tucker’s Tooth (1922) was produced by none other than Walt Disney, six years before he introduced the world to Mickey Mouse in 1928 in Steamboat Willie.
In December of 1922, a Kansas City dentist named Thomas B. McCrum went to the office of the Laugh-O-Gram film studio, where a very young Walt Disney was working; he wanted Disney to create an educational film about children’s dental health. He signed a contract with Disney to have him produce and create 500 copies of the film called Tommy Tucker’s Tooth. Disney went on to use the money from this production to move to Hollywood and start up his own cartoon studio.
The resulting production was a silent, 15-minute live-action film with animated inserts, focusing on two boys, Tommy Tucker, a young man who takes care of his teeth and appearance, and Jimmy Jones, who neglects his oral hygiene. When Tommy is hired for the job both youngsters apply for, Jimmy realizes the error of his ways, cleans up his mouth and his act, and eventually finds gainful employment.
Disney produced another dental film for Dr. McCrum, called Clara Cleans Her Teeth. The role of Clara was played by Disney’s own niece. By then, he had a studio set up in Hollywood and the credits on this picture reflect that. Disney went on to make more educational films for the dental market for 30 years, as well as produce plenty of cartoons starring everyone’s favorite mouse, Mickey.
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.
America’s Best Young Dentists to convene at Manhattan celebration June 6, 7
Dental lifestyle magazine expands signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; fall edition will spotlight 80 professionals from across the United States.
PITTSTON, PA — May 20, 2019 — Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor 80 of America’s rising stars at a two-day event, June 6 and 7, in the NoMad district of Manhattan. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” released today, will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com
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. Tuhina 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.
“The sheer volume of nominations has grown to a point where we could no longer narrow our honorees to just 40,” said Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge. “As doctors strive for greater excellence in every aspect of practice—from cutting-edge clinical expertise to innovative entrepreneurship to remarkable patient environments—it became necessary to provide more opportunities to recognize their important achievements. That’s a great problem for dentistry to have.”
The itinerary for 2019 honorees includes an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers. The top young dentists in the nation will take a well-deserved break from the rigors of medicine and receive the red-carpet treatment by magazine staff, and a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis. The photography portfolio they create will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions.
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.
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.
There’s a better way for patients to try an ADA Accepted power
toothbrush right in their dentist’s office—and a new, hassle-free way for
doctors to offer it.
The PRO-SYS CheckUp program delivers everything necessary to
display and demonstrate VarioSonic. An attractive countertop display contains a
working VarioSonic unit, brush heads and patient brochures. The demonstration
and disinfection protocol is fast, simple and effective, using a fresh barrier
sleeve and new brush head for each session. Not only do patients get to try it
themselves, they also benefit from professional coaching during their visit to get
the most from VarioSonic later when using it at home.
Doctors who don’t wish to maintain an inventory, or worry about
collecting sales tax, can also participate in PRO-SYS Patient Direct. Benco
Dental does all the work. It’s as simple as placing the order online on the
patient’s behalf. Benco Dental will then ship items directly and credit the
practice a percentage of the sale price.
Why VarioSonic? It’s an advanced, value-packed power toothbrush
that competes with units costing much more. It earned the highest possible
rating from The Dental Advisor (+++++, Excellent) based on a 96% overall score.
It also won an Editor’s Choice nod, which is reserved exclusively for “a
unique, significant product.”
Evaluators commented specifically on its choice of distinct cleaning modes (“I liked the option of 5 intensities”) and overall satisfaction with the product (“Very nice brush. Works well, is quiet and easy to use”). Patients called out VarioSonic’s long battery life (“Held its charge for my 10-day trip!”), comfort (“easier on my gums than my normal brush,” “light weight with calm vibrations”) and dexterity (“I was able to easily reach my back teeth”).
Even more remarkable: PRO-SYS VarioSonic’s suggested retail price
to patients is $69—significantly less expensive than competing models that
can’t offer the same flexibility, features or top-rated performance.
VarioSonic is among a limited number of power toothbrushes to earn
the ADA Seal of Acceptance. It delivers the perfect, essential combination of
five unique brush heads and five distinct cleaning modes for a total of 25
possible intensities. The automatic timer feature guides users through each
quadrant to ensure brushing for the optimal length of time. Plus, battery life
is remarkable: up to a month under normal use when fully charged. VarioSonic is
portable, easy to carry and comes with a travel case included. Each unit it
backed by a one-year warranty.
To learn more, see your Friendly Benco Rep or visit pro-sys.com. Don’t have a Friendly Benco Rep? Call 1-800-GOBENCO to schedule a visit.
PRO-SYS is an owned brand of Benco Dental, one of the industry’s
most recognized and innovative companies. It began as a line of Edison
Award-winning manual toothbrushes and quickly grew into a complete oral care
brand offering everything from the advanced VarioSonic power toothbrush to
everyday essentials like toothpaste, floss and oral rinses.
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 Pennsylvania headquarters, one in Southern California and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune’s 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.