Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.
Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:
“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.”
After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.
Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.
“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”
Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.
Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.
All dentists — and people in general — can take #Thursdayinspiration from Dr. Kadambari “Kady” Rawal. “I enjoy wearing all the hats!” says this ray of light in the profession. The Boston-based thirtysomething earned The Lucy Hobbs Project Women to Watch Award in 2016 from Benco Dental, and this year received commendations as a recipient […]
Tuesday morning trivia: Name two game-changing women who made history in Lawrence, Kansas. You’re on your game if you guessed Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first woman to earn a dental degree in the U.S., or Flora E. Richardson Coleman, the first woman to complete the curriculum and graduate from The University of Kansas. Also correct […]
Dedication and gratitude — qualities Youstina Youssef, a dental student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine says the white coat she wears in the photo above, signify in her life.
“This white coat symbolizes not only my dedication to this profession, but also my gratitude for strong women who continue to push forward regardless of the walls set against them,” Youstina says.
“If you know me, you know that this photo here speaks wonders to my soul. On my left, the woman (Gehan Elsousi) who bore me, brought me into this world and introduced me to life. On my right, the grandest of mothers (Gamalat Tadrous). The one who helped raise me, helped mold me into the woman I am today. The tears that run down their faces are ones I’ll treasure for the rest of my days.”
A D.M.D. candidate in the class of 2020, Youstina shares her story #lhpshareyourstory and the legacy of determination that led her to the profession of dentistry.
“I imagine Lucy Hobbs experienced a similar sensation becoming the first female to graduate from a dental school. She was denied and rejected from numerous opportunities solely based on her gender. Yet, she relentlessly pursued her goal.
My story bears a similar spirit. My mother is a single mother. She sacrificed her comfort in Egypt to move to America and give me the best life she possibly could. Soon after marrying and having me in Egypt, she moved to the States with my father who had been living here. Unfortunately, she was sent back to Egypt to stay with her family not too long after for “financial reasons”.”
‘Stranded in a new land’
Youstina describes the intimidating path her mother Gehan Elsousi faced back then.
“Upon her return to America, she was not received at the airport, which left her stranded in a new land, with no knowledge of the English language or American culture, but most importantly, with a child in her arms. She picked herself up from rejection and pushed on.”
Her grandmother Gamalat Tadrous is no less heroic.
“Years later my grandmother decided to make a similar move and left behind her husband and five of her children to help raise me while my mother worked to support us. These two women have taught me a great deal about sacrifice and have ingrained in me the power of perseverance.”
Thankful for a welcome into the world of dentistry
Youstina received her invitation to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine less than 24 hours before orientation from Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, the school’s director of outreach, recruitment and admissions.
“Teary-eyed and full-hearted, I packed my bags and set off to chase my childhood dreams. And for that I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
Annually, Benco Dental pays tribute to the first woman in the U.S. to receive a dental degree – Dr. Lucy Hobbs — by honoring six pioneering women in the dental profession with an award created in her name: The Lucy Hobbs Project™ Awards.
At Benco’s annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration (Save the Date for October 3 – 5, 2019 in Chicago!), the dental community is invited to honor award recipients in six categories:
Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change,
Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in dentistry,
Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others,
Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure,
Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a cause that benefits the well-being of others, and
Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and integrates them into patient care.
Individuals and organizations are invited to submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted.
On Friday, to commemorate #internationalwomensday, Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Henry Schein shared an insightful reflection on the indomitable spirit of Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor. Annually, Benco Dental pays tribute to the first woman in the U.S. to receive a dental degree by honoring six pioneering women in the dental profession with […]
Dentistry is just as much art as it is science, and Michael Paquette’s career began on the aesthetic side of the ledger, when he worked as a draftsman designing dental offices at only 17 years old. After earning his undergraduate degree from Michigan’s Ferris State University, he shifted to dental sales for 11 years, then […]
Because one day of celebration just isn’t enough, we set aside an entire week (March 3-9, 2019) to show our appreciation. Your service to patients gets more important with every passing year as the art and science of dentistry evolves and your role grows in complexity.
That’s why we love the theme chosen this year by the American Dental Assistants Association: “Today’s Dental Assistant — Polished, Poised and Professional.” Are you ever! We thank you for everything you do every single day, from taking X-rays to sterilizing to working with insurance companies and everything in between, all while managing to work chairside too!
However you spend your week, enjoy and make it a great one! And check out the video of our friends at Beaver Dam Dental in Wisconsin talking about why they love their jobs so much. (Hey, come to think of it, it’s a great week to make a video like theirs for your patients!)
If you haven’t already, it’s also a great week to get to know the ADAA. Visit dentalassistant.org.
Dr. Winifred J. Booker, CEO of the Children’s Oral Health Institute, travels to elementary school around the U.S. from Owings Mills, Maryland to share a message and a bright orange lunchbox concept that she created more than 20 years ago.
“Lessons in a Lunchbox teaches the child independence; therefore, it provides her or him the ability to brush and floss using the dental kit, the carrot case, and the lunchbox,” Dr. Booker said, referencing the program she developed which features around an ingeniously crafted carrying case, designed to teach elementary school children the importance of dental hygiene.
Hear from The Lucy Hobbs Project Humanitarian Award winner, Dr. Booker:
Now, everyone can order an important piece of the lunchbox that is crafted by Dr. Booker’s company Brushtime Enterprises: Dental Care in a Carrot®.
It’s uniquely designed to include a universal toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, plastic mirror, and instructions on proper flossing, and brushing in one travel case. The screw-on carrot case top doubles as the perfect rinse cup.
The vertical open-and-close feature (shown below) allows this dishwasher safe travel mate to be easily wipe or rinsed free of debris. This same feature also allows Dental Care in a Carrot case to stand freely on a sink or counter top when not in use.
Replace the contents with the original products. Most any brand with similar travel size dimensions will easily fit inside of the carrot case
This fun travel ensemble can be used by children and adults to “Carrot Your Smile Everywhere You Travel™,” according to Brushtime Enterprises, Inc.
Braille ligands are located on the outside of the case to aide individuals with sight loss.
Public invited to free Meet-up tonight at Riff Music Lounge; Nominations open for Project’s Awards The Lucy Hobbs Project® will host a Meet-up, an evening of cocktails and networking, tonight, February 21 at the Riff Music Lounge, 2239 South Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616. All are welcome. Tonight’s free event will spotlight details […]
To celebrate Black History Month, let’s shine a spotlight on this unsung groundbreaking woman. Biographical information was in short supply, but The New York Age, an African-American newspaper, featured Dr. Gertrude E. Curtis prominently in its society pages. It was 1909 when Gertrude E. Curtis graduated from the College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. […]