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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.

     

    Jessica Proctor

    Jessica ProctorCategory: Lab technician

    The technology surrounding dental implants has been transformed in recent years, and the innovation just keeps on coming. Jessica Proctor is one person who is very familiar with those immense changes—and is a bit of a visionary herself. Proctor is the CEREC inLab Specialist and Implant Coordinator for an implantologist’s busy practice. The office’s specialty is referred to fondly as “teeth in a day,” where full-arch, implant-supported prostheses are completed in one day. She started her journey with the same dentist she currently works under, and she considers it a blessing to have had the sustained on-the-job training from the day she started to her work today.

    “Dentistry has completely changed in my 16 years here,” she says. “We used to wax, cast, finish, apply porcelain and then fire crowns. Today, most everything we design is on the CAD/CAM computer and milled. The field of dentistry is constantly changing; you have to be a full-time technician and a full-time student.”

    Proctor’s start was a bit of a rocky one; she dropped out of high school due to a teen pregnancy, but later was able to go back and get her GED. Since then she’s made herself a strong, independent woman with a successful career. She’s proud to say she has worked to become a valuable part of a team that provides state-of-the-art dentistry and in return makes a good living.

    “Don’t be afraid of going the extra mile,” she advises. “Study on your time off to be the knowledgeable resource that your boss needs. Realize when you are wrong and admit it. Do better the next time.”

    She finds motivation both intrinsically and externally. To Proctor, seeing what she and her team can do for their patients’ lives is wholly rewarding. She loves her office and her ability to have one-on-one contact with patients and being able to see cases from start to finish. To further serve patients, she hopes to see innovation within her office as well as the dental industry as a whole.

    “Innovation is the ability to think outside of the box,” she says. “I work hand-in-hand with my dentist to help solve problems, improve quality, save time, save money and achieve superior results.”

    Proctor believes a big factor in the success she’s found is the great mentorship she’s received over the years. For her, having a mentor focused on providing high-quality dentistry who was unwilling to accept anything but the best results has helped her to understand what the best is, and why staying up to date and knowledgeable of the best technology available is so important.

    She is proud to have started as a model technician and then to have climbed the ladder of success by working harder and smarter. In the future, Proctor hopes to continue to find solutions that will benefit her patients.

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