Nominate her today for a Lucy Hobbs Project Award!
Today is the final day 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. Pamela Schmidt received the 2016 Lucy Hobbs Project Clinical Expertise Award, and spent a few moments with Incisal Edge contributor Elizabeth Dilts.
Read more about Dr. Pamela Schmidt, below, and meet the other 2016 honorees, such as Industry Icon honoree Dr. Theresa Gonzales (shown at right), screenshot-2016-11-18-14-54-21at:
Then, take a moment to nominate an inspirational woman in dentistry before the today’s deadline:


“Patients who find us are looking for a kinder, gen­tler, greener type of dentist,” says Dr. Pamela Schmidt. That’s exactly what’s on offer at the practice she shares with her husband, Roger: The couple specializes in pro­viding patients with alternative therapy options, such as probiotics to fight bacteria and ozone to combat peri­odontal disease.

Certified in integrative biologic dental medicine and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Schmidt believes that the human body knows innately how to be healthy. “We just need to support it and not get in the way of that pro­cess,” she says. In line with that philosophy, Dr. Schmidt offers her patients the option to have their blood drawn at a nearby lab so it can be tested for sensitivity to a variety of dental products, such as restoration materials and adhesives. This enables her to tailor what she uses on a patient, ensuring that nothing will cause inflammation.

She recalls treating one young man with severe peri­odontal disease; his gums were bleeding and he was in the early stages of bone loss. Because his mouth was highly sensitive, she had his blood tested and deter­mined which pathogens were present in large amounts. She was thus able to treat him more thoroughly, and his recovery was quicker than it would otherwise have been.

Dr. Schmidt and her husband, fans of outdoor activi­ties, treat the environment with the same concern. They installed a toxic-waste removal device to dispose of silver fillings, older versions of which are nearly 50 percent mercury. Their Anterior Quest system contains and dis­poses of mercury with complete safety

“I think positive, and I believe in possibilities,” Dr. Schmidt says. “When I have an idea about a new treat­ment protocol, we incorporate it so we’re always able to offer the best to our patients.”

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

Today is the final chance to nominate: