Hello World I’m Dr. Jumoke
“I’m a woman, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend, a dentist…. And I love Implants!”
Since the 16th Century, Women have been an integral part of dentistry, appearing as assistants and ‘helpers’. It wasn’t until 1814, that Josephine Serre became the first female dentist to receive a Dental Degree from the University of Tartu. In 1855, Emeline Roberts Jones became the first woman to practice dentistry in the United States. And in 1890, Ida Gray Rollins became the first African American female dentist. These extraordinary women have paved the way for many other females to pursue their love for dentistry.
Even though less than 20% of U.S. dentists are female, that number is increasing year by year. Coupled with our natural tendency towards being compassionate, a profession that was once predominantly male is slowly morphing in gender. We have come a long way! But still have a long way to go, especially in Implant Dentistry, where there is still a marked disproportion when it comes to the number of women in terms of surgeons, Role models, Mentors, speakers and practice owners.
I have a removable prosthetic practice in rural Northwest Georgia and implant dentistry has fitted naturally into my model, changing the quality of life of my denture patients… and changing my life as well. How did I transition from being a general dentist to an Implantologist? Great mentors, continuing education classes, supportive peers on the same journey and an awesome team and the desire to continue to grow.
My hope is to build a community to inspire, encourage and support as we engage more women to build a successful practice around their lives and not vice versa
Till next time ~ Stay tuned…