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    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.

     

    Shawn Shorrock

    Shawn ShorrockCategory: Industry leader

    When it comes to innovation, Shawn Shorrock has what it takes to transform and adapt both herself and the company she works for. As the global director for Solvay Dental 360™, a new business line from Solvay Specialty Polymers, USA, LLC, Shorrock is proud to have led the Solvay entrance into the implantable polymers market with Solviva biomaterials back in 2007, and she’s kept a mind for modernization and advancement ever since. That eye for opportunity helped her again in 2014 when she led her team to create and launch their first product for removable partial dentures.

    “I am extremely proud to have launched Ultaire™ AKP for removable partial dentures with the Solvay Dental 360 team,” she says. “I’ve been involved with this business and this product since its inception. While I’ve launched other products and another business in my previous experience, I’m most proud of the potential for Solvay Dental 360 to truly impact patients’ comfort, quality of life and overall health.”

    Shorrock has a degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, so she’s familiar with the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field. To her, the challenges with her job and throughout her career had more to do with moving everyone forward for the sake of business and her company instead of simply working to move women forward. For Shorrock, it isn’t about gender, but instead work ethic and knowledge.

    “I have always challenged that innovation can apply to every aspect of a business and not just product development,” Shorrock says. “For example, we are utilizing social media to create and connect a community of patients, clinicians and dental labs. We’ve had incredible results with this approach, allowing patients, dentists and dental labs to learn about a new product in a nontraditional way.”

    To her, it’s important to first be authentic in everything she does. Second, it’s vital to know and understand her strengths and work to them, but to also know her weaknesses and use them as an opportunity to grow. 

    In the end, her day-to-day work is all in the name of and for the sake of the patients she is so proud to help. For her, the motivation comes from seeing the reactions of patients who use Solvay products and how those products make a lasting impact on the lives of the patients.

    “We have seen patients put their Ultaire AKP RPD in and suddenly break into tears of joy when they look at themselves in the mirror for the first time,” she says. “They talk about the comfort and the fit, but they also love the way it looks. It’s incredible motivation to actually give people back their smiles.”

    In the future, Shorrock anticipates continued innovation within her company and throughout the dental industry. She hopes that innovation is focused first and foremost on improving patient experience, quality of life and overall health, and esthetics second. Personally, she would love to continue to innovate within the dental industry as the needs of doctors and patients change and grow. 

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