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Exemplary Women Dentists Honored with Lucy Hobbs Award


There’s awesome, and then there’s “Ninja Warrior” and fighter pilot awesome. Those were just two of speakers at The Lucy Hobbs Project’s third annual celebration, held recently in Baltimore. 

Desiree Walker, DDS, has appeared on NBC’s extreme-obstacle competition “American Ninja Warrior” multiple times. She paid tribute to The Lucy Hobbs Project’s namesake, who in 1866 became the first American woman to earn a dental degree.

“Lucy Hobbs ran toward her fears,” Walker said. “She not only transformed herself, she transformed the whole world of dentistry.”

Attendees also heard from keynote speaker Carey Lohrenz, the U.S. military’s first female F-14 Tomcast fighter pilot.

The event drew 110 attendees, and began with an evening at the National Museum of Dentistry. It culminated with the presentation of the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Award to six exemplary women in the dental community. Each of these dentists were honored in specific categories:

Woman to Watch Award – Dr. Amanda Seay, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Innovator Award – Dr. Lindsay Limbaugh, Huntsville, Alabama
Mentor Award – Dr. Luz Marina Aguirre, New York
Humanitarian Award – BB Maboby Bahadarakhann, Newport Beach, CA
Industry Icon Award – Dr. Esther M. Wilkins, Boston
Clinical Expertise Award – Dr. Kendra S. Schaefer, Madison, Wisconsin

 The Lucy Hobbs Project, powered by Benco Dental, is a long-term program that aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry, including dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives, and others. It is based on the pillars of networking, innovating and giving back. Appropriately, the project made a $1,000 donation to Dress for Success Baltimore, along with 14 boxes of clothing donated by Benco Dental associates at the company’s headquarters in Pennsylvania. 

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