Assorted dental instruments used during the era of Dr. Lucy Hobbs appear rudimentary by today’s standards. But as a dental pioneer, the native New Yorker embraced the innovations available to her.

After being refused admission to the dental college because of her gender — Lucy Beaman Hobbs, then 28, opened her own dental practice in Cincinnati in the spring of 1861, according to the

Dr. Hobbs later moved her practice to Bellevue, Iowa (1862) and then to McGregor, Iowa (1862-1865). In time, she came to be known by what sounded like a translated Native American name — “the woman who pulls teeth.”

The Lucy Hobbs Project™ introduces an Innovation Team event at which attendees are invited to help shape the future for female dentists. On Friday, November 7, at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, industry developers, including the KaVo Kerr Group, invite dental industry professionals to share ideas and feedback on current equipment and help design products to better meet dentists’ needs.

The Lucy Hobbs Project™ empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back.

Only eight seats remain for the event, so women in dentistry are requested to register at:

There is no fee for this event. Please note: Benco Dental is compliant with all Sunshine Act policies and procedures.

Innovation Session! Share your ideas and feedback on current equipment and help us design products to better meet your needs. Register today!