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    Meet the Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2016

    Now in its seventh year of recognizing exceptional women in the dental industry, Dental Products Report is thrilled to present the Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2016.

    History records women in dentistry as early as the mid-1800s, when Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor became the first woman dentist in 1864. She was denied access to education because of her gender, learned dentistry with the help of a mentor, through apprenticeship and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. (She later went on to train her husband to become a dentist.)

    The first dental assistants were recognized as “Ladies in Attendance” in the same century. Emeline Roberts Jones assisted her husband before becoming a dentist and Dr. C. Edmund Kells hired young Malvina Cueria to help him in his office in 1885. In 1906, Alfred C. Fones trained his assistant, Irene Newman to scale and polish teeth, and titled her dental hygienist. Irene is considered to be the first hygienist, and Fones went on to train others.

    152 years since the first female dentist, more than one half of dental school graduates are women and the predictions indicate that percentage will continue to increase. Since 2006, there have been four women ADA presidents and many others in leadership roles at state and local levels, as well as guiding other dental organizations. Women across our industry continue to drive change and deliver success through their professional and personal endeavors.  

    In 2009, Dental Products Report responded to the increase of women in our profession--those in dental practices, manufacturing, research and education, laboratories and key opinion leaders such as speakers and consultants. DPR established an annual recognition for the Top 25 Women In Dentistry to acknowledge their influence and leadership in our profession.

    Four years ago, the process of selecting honorees was generated through nomination by peers, colleagues and others who understood and appreciated their contributions to the industry. This year’s recipients are more than deserving of being named Top Women In Dentistry for 2016. This list is comprised of women who have the passion and skills to be empowered and to empower others through motivation, wisdom and proven success.

    Many of them have taken their passion and commitment for the profession beyond their vocation. Some have formed nonprofit organizations for a dental cause, others volunteer for programs such as Give Back a Smile and donate their time and service to missions and local dental vans and clinics.

    Among this year’s honorees are program chairs and executive directors for major dental meetings, dental artists and clinical pioneers. They are all thought leaders and innovators who strive to make our work and our world a better place.
    And these women are wives, mothers (and grandmothers!) sisters, aunts and friends. I’m certain they seek to live rewarding lives inside and outside of their work. They love and nurture those with whom they live and work--whether it is a colleague, a student or an audience. And they do this while they balance work and family, company meetings and dance recitals, school plays and convention floors. And that makes them a top woman in dentistry and in life.

    Many of those listed, I have the privilege to call friends. Being around them makes me be more, and strive harder. They inspire, they collaborate and they seek to grow the profession together. It is an honor to be among their ranks.

    Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook said, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
    I believe these honorees have done just that. These women have made a difference in the lives of the people they have touched, and made our profession a little better for it. Congratulations to the Top Women in Dentistry for 2016.

    Read the profile for honoree Dr. Jenine Arab O'Malley on the next page

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