Dr. Tesa Jolly Receives Humanitarian Award

The Lucy Hobbs Project, in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists, celebrated six outstanding women in dentistry Oct. 3-5 in Chicago.

Among them was Giles County’s own Dr. Tesa Jolly, DDS, who received the Humanitarian Award for her dedication to her community with the creation and continuation of the annual Free Dental Day in Pulaski. 

Held each November, Free Dental Day brings together hundreds of volunteers to provide a free dental service — a white filling on a front tooth, tooth extraction or cleaning — to anyone healthy enough for dental work. 

Now in its 11th year, Free Dental Day has provided free services to more than 3,000 people over the past decade. 

The 11th annual Free Dental Day will be Friday, Nov. 22. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the CB Outreach Building, 511 S. First St., Pulaski. 

For more information or to volunteer, search for Pulaski, TN Free Dental Day on Facebook.

Awards Celebration

Benco Dental’s seventh annual celebration is named in tribute to Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. 

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates women’s achievements in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh, branding and communications manager for Benco Dental. “Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We

want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practices and


Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, included panel discussions, three Continuing Education credits and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members — and all women in dentistry — to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work.”  

Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back

In 1866, Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. This national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession — dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

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