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Recognizing The First African American Dentist during Black History Month

We would like to recognize the pioneer African American women who became dentists during this Black History Month.

Dr Ida Gray Nelson Rollins was the first African American female to graduate from a dental school.  Back in 1890, Dr Ida Gray Nelson Rollins graduated from the University of Michigan College of Dentistry after working for three years in the dental office of the dean of the school, Dr Johnathan Taft. Dr Rollins was born in 1867 and died in 1953.  The University of Michigan posted a short biography, photos of her graduating class and even her report card! It is fascinating!  See photos and read the article….    In another article, Phylisha W Agbor, a contributor to, posted that in 1895 Dr Rollins and her husband moved to Chicago.  Dr Rollins was the first African American to practice dentistry in Chicago.  Read more about Dr Rollins… 

Dr Vada Watson Somerville was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Southern California in 1918. She and her husband were attributed as creating the first NAACP chapter in Los Angeles in 1913.


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Great article on HIPAA compliance in the dental office

I found a great article I wanted to share with you as you contemplate HIPAA procedures in your dental practice management plan for 2018. The ADA has some wonderful HIPAA resources for your reference as well.

Read the entire article: “12 steps for creating a HIPAA compliance plan” 

I will be posting some reliable on-line affordable HIPAA training options in future dental blog posts!  Please stop back again.

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2017 ADA Meeting Was Fabulous!

I am at the 2017 ADA Meeting in Atlanta. This has been a fabulous meeting! Coming back with new product information and lots of great ideas. I attended classes on OSHA, HIPAA compliant email, new technology to use in treatment planing with patients, customer service, dental marketing and SEO.

Here is a great new product you can attach to your iPhone or Samsung phone to take clear and sharp intra-oral photos.  The device is called: Smile Lite MDP Full Set – #6600-KIT.  Read more…

There is also a cutting edge new smile design software app to help you mock-up and prepare before and after photos so the patient can visualize their smile.  Visit DSD website to learn more….

Can’t wait to tell you all about it.


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ADA Meeting In Atlanta

Going to the ADA Meeting in Atlanta this week? I’ll be there from Thursday to Sunday.

Join me at the Northwestern University Dental School Alumni and Reunion Reception

2017 NUDS ADA Alumni Reception and Reunion in Atlanta, GA!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hanover A

265 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Register Here:

$15 person pre-registration OR $20 a person at the door.
Hors d’ oeuvre Reception and Cash Bar.

Online registration closes Thursday, October 19. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Questions, please contact Sharon Kantor Bogetz at 847-370-9131.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

How To Optimize Your Photos For Use On-line

How to optimize photos for use online | Cutting Edge PracticeIf you are wondering how to optimize photos for the internet or mobile devices, I have the answer!

Resizing photos for use on your dental website, dental blog or on social media is a challenge for most dentists trying to manage their own website, blog or social media campaign.

I recommend two simple ways to optimize (downsize or compress) your photos without loosing image quality.  Try one of these techniques.

1st Choice – My top choice is using

This website allows you to upload any size photo, compress it to your desired size and then download it for use in your dental website, dental blog or social media.

It is FREE, easy to use and extremely fast.  No coding or previous knowledge is necessary.

2nd Choice – If you are using WordPress for your blog and your website, I suggest you use WP Smush.  This is a FREE plug-in that you or your web designer can install and activate.

The plug-in can automatically compress your images for you.  This plug-in has some short comings.  It can’t compress large files and you cannot control the amount of compression.

In other words, you can’t manage the specific size of the file, the WP Smush has control over the final photo size.

Why should you learn how to optimize photos for your dental website, social media or dental blog?

There are several benefits to using optimized photos:

  • The page containing your photo will load quicker.  Large photos take longer to load on mobile devices and on desk top computers.
  • Google uses page load speed as a factor in their ranking algorithm.
  • Optimized photos take up less space on your website.
  • Optimized photos require significantly less bandwidth.
  • You will be able to avoid pixilated low quality images.

If you want help preparing photos for use on your dental website, dental blog or social media, call Sharon Kantor Bogetz, MBA, MEd at (847) 370-9131 or contact her by email. She has been assisting dentists with their dental marketing and branding since 2002.

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