James Brown claimed this is a man’s world, but with the number of female dentists rapidly increasing, it’s estimated that 31 percent of the dental workforce will be comprised of women by the year 2020.
Among women dentists leading the industry is Dr. LaJuan Hall, of Brentwood Children’s Dentistry. Hall, who has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years, began her career in the Army in 1982. She later graduated from the UCSF School of Dentistry with a doctorate in dental surgery and graduate certificate in pediatric dentistry.
“In the 1980s, I served in the Army Reserves as a dental specialist, and there were not any female dentists in our unit,” she said. “The male doctors were wonderful, but it would have also been wonderful to see a woman in a leadership position.”