We want you: Seeing leadership through two female leaders’ lenses in honor of Women’s History Month (Part 1)

This January I had the honor to contribute to the ADA’s Accelerator Series on how to cultivate leadership skills through mentoring and coaching.  As female applicants continue to increase in dentistry, the leadership representation of women still lags behind. In Linda Whelan’s book “Women Lead the Way,” she talked about the “30% solution” where 30% seems to be… Read More »

Build your dental career how you want and with a little help from others

One of the best things about being a dentist is that your career is what you want it to be. On the surface, I know a great deal about many subjects. Dental school prepared me with just enough knowledge to get by and sent me on my way. From there, it was up to me to seek opportunities… Read More »

Why I love February: Celebrating Black history, children’s oral health

The month of February is a confluence of so many of the things I love in life: showing love to those in our lives on Valentine’s Day, discount candy and chocolate the day after Valentine’s Day (haha), and the whole month being both Black History and Children’s Oral Health Month. As a Black female, it is exciting to… Read More »

Making strides towards dental health equity

Dental health equity remains a pipe dream for many Americans. Those people who live in poverty, rural areas, and those in certain ethnic/racial minorities and gender typically experience higher barriers to care than most. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10% of people living in rural America have less access to dental services than… Read More »

A toolkit every internationally trained dentist needs to have

Being a new dentist in the current job market is not easy. Sky high tuition loans, a shortage in the labor market (that includes assistants and hygienists), being asked to perform hygiene apart from clinical dentistry, and having to pay high rents if you prefer to be in the city, are just some of the concerns we are… Read More »

‘Life Interrupted’: Lessons learned on the importance of oral cancer screening, early detection and treatment

When I finished my oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, I started out as an associate in a multi-doctor group practice.  I was full of hopes and dreams: I tried to become a better dentist and surgeon by regularly attending seminars, courses and dental conventions.  I was planning on getting married and starting a family and the possibility of… Read More »