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Meet the Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2017
Meet the Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2017
Now in its eighth year of recognizing exceptional women in the dental industry, Dental Products Report is thrilled to introduce the Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2017.
Meet the Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2016
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. Past honoree Debra Engelhardt-Nash shares her story, while writer Anna Sachs profiles these 25 exceptional women in the dental industry.
Celebrate the top 25 women in dentistry for 2013

Join DPR in celebrating the top 25 women making a huge impact on dental practices and the dental industry in 2013.

The Top 25 Women in Dentistry

It is no secret that the number of women in the dental industry continues to grow. Now in its third year, the Top 25 Women in Dentistry feature is one way Dental Products Report seeks to recognize not just the power of the contributions women are able to make to dentistry, but also the richness of diversity in the ways they choose to make a difference.

Top 25 Women in Dentistry: Dr. Antonia Kolokythas

Dr. Antonia Kolokythas strives to give her patients a sense of understanding and hope through her work as a maxillofacial surgeon. She works with patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, and it’s a job she finds very rewarding.

Top 25 Women in Dentistry: Jana Berghoff, Technology Marketing Manager for Patterson Dental

Jana Berghoff is a registered dental hygienist who has worked in both the practice management and clinical sides of dentistry. Currently she is working on the technological side as the Technology Marketing Manager for Patterson Dental, and she attributes her success to the tools she took advantage of during her education and the new learning opportunities she seeks out every day.

Top 25 Women in Dentistry: Pamela McClain, President of the American Academy of Periodontology

Pamela McClain believes people go into dentistry because they’ve had a good experience at their dentist in the past, and that good experience is what she works hard to give her patients.

“You have to do what you’re happy doing,” she said. “I see too many people who are unhappy in whatever career path they’ve chosen, and I think it’s really sad.”

But she didn’t grow up with dreams of dentistry, though it was strong in her blood.

Top 25 Women in Dentistry: Wilma Peterson, Manager of Education for Glidewell Laboratories

Wilma Peterson has been working in dental technology for 55 years and has always loved the field. Her journey has been an adventure, taking her all over the world and making her the strong and knowledgeable woman she is today.

“I wasn’t afraid to take chances, and get the knowledge I needed and do anything I needed to advance my profession,” she said. “When I started in dentistry, so long ago, there was one woman in the lab, and it was me.”

Top 25 Women in Dentistry: Betty Mitchell, Dental Technology Program Dir. at Kirkwood Community College

Betty Mitchell is the director of the Dental Technology Program Director at Kirkwood Community College and Educator Representative at the National Association of Dental Laboratories.

Top 25 Women in Dentistry: Ariana Feldberg, Founder of Ideal Dental Laboratory

Ariana Feldberg is the founding laboratory technician at Ideal Dental Laboratory in Aquinnah, Mass. Feldberg’s talent is only matched by the passion she has for her job, so it may come as a surprise that she started her adult life as a marine biologist.