Nominate her today for a Lucy Hobbs Project Award!
Today, Benco Dental invites nominations for the 2017 Lucy Hobbs Project Awards, which will honor six exemplary women in the dental community.
Over the past four years, The Lucy Hobbs Project® has been introduced to some incredible women in dentistry. These women have persevered throughout their careers and have set the benchmark high in our industry, similar to Dr. Lucy Hobbs, the first American woman to earn a doctorate in dentistry.
Earlier this year, Dr. Joyce Bassett received the 2016 Lucy Hobbs Project Clinical Expertise Award, and spent a few moments with Incisal Edge contributor Elizabeth Dilts.
Read more about Dr. Joyce Bassett, below, and meet the other 2016 honorees at:
Then, take a moment to nominate an inspirational woman in dentistry before the November 18 deadline:
Growing up as the exceptionally bright and assertive daughter of a gregarious Lebanese dentist, Dr. Joyce Bassett remembers her father often saying what he re­garded as a good-natured jab: “What are ya, stupid?”
Certainly not Dr. Bassett, who graduated from high school at age 16 and finished dental school at 23, just wrapped up a year serving as the first female presi­dent of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. She’s now eager to return to focusing full-time on her patients, her Occlusion II students at the Kois Center in Seattle and the international audiences of female den­tal professionals to whom she often speaks.
An ardent mountain climber, Dr. Bassett credits her dad’s old line with instilling in her the drive to want to be the best. “There’s always something to learn from every person around you,” she says. “I always want to do better because I can then help other people be better.”
That sense of purpose has taken her in recent years to Japan, Romania, Australia and more for speaking engagements. Her talks typically begin with a rapid-fire introduction to her straightforward, honest style: She shares a story about failure.
Dr. Bassett was one of few women pursuing cos­metic dentistry when it first began to distinguish itself with certification classes in the early 1990s. It was difficult to fit in amid the male-dominated certification system, and she struggled to pass the AACD accredita­tion test, ultimately taking it seven times. Her message to women: It’s not a big deal to fail. “I would never have developed the character or backbone to move into the future if I didn’t have obstacles,” she tells her audi­ences. “From failing, you learn how to fix the process.”
Dr. Bassett herself is Exhibit A: She’s now an AACD accredited fellow and an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona in addition to her duties at Kois. And no, she’s not slowing down, with a goal to reopen Women Teaching Women, a facility she established over a decade ago for women who feel they learn better from female instructors. “My goal in life right now,” she says, “is to inspire and ignite women.”

Learn more about The Lucy Hobbs Project. (It’s free to join!):

Nominate before the November 18 deadline: