Rise’ Lyman, D.D.S., didn’t get to "hang the plaque" on her own office until she graduated from the Dental School in 1985, but her career began a few years earlier. Dr. Lyman joined the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) in 1983 as a student. After 20 years as an active member, she now leads the organization. Dr. Lyman currently is president of AAWD. Her term ends in December 2003.
"AAWD is important to women dentists as it provides an excellent mechanism to learn leadership skills while building a network of women dentists around the U.S. for letters of recommendation, promotions, patient referrals, study clubs, mentoring and friendship," Dr. Lyman said. "That is exactly what AAWD has done for me."
The organization began in 1921 at an American Dental Association meeting. Today, it is the sole voice of women dentists, encouraging national and international networks, linking corporations with dentists to promote women’s oral health and sponsoring research initiatives for female dentists across the country.
"My goal as president is to increase the visibility of AAWD to women dentists and dental students as well as dental manufacturers and retailers," Dr. Lyman said. "In January 2003 we unveiled the first Women’s Dental Journal, which was sent to every AAWD member as well as every woman dentist in the United States. We are very excited about this journal as it will become a key vehicle for communication to all women in dentistry."
In addition to her duties as president, Dr. Lyman maintains her own private practice and works as a clinical associate professor in the Dental School. "I truly enjoy working with dental students because this helps me continue to learn new skills in dentistry," she said. But judging from her dedication and experience, everyone has a lot to learn from Dr. Lyman.
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