The American Dental Association reports that 48.5% of dental school graduates in 2018 were women, compared to 36.4% in 1996 and 4.6% in 1976. Currently, 60% of all practicing dentists under the age of 44 are women.
Singing River Dentistry is proud to be a part of this trend by welcoming Drs. Victoria McClanahan, Whitney Flippo and Cybil Geiss to our twelve-doctor dental practice in the Shoals. Drs. McClanahan and Flippo are graduates of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, while Dr. Geiss graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Each of these ladies is committed to the Singing River Dentistry core value of putting the patient first.
“I am encouraged by the amount of recent dental school graduates who are female. My choice to practice dentistry was driven by a desire to serve my community and make a difference in the lives of others on a more personal and meaningful level. Singing River Dentistry was a natural fit for me because I am able to provide quality care with a team that feels like family,” says Dr. Flippo, a Florence, Alabama native.
Dr. McClanahan, of Birmingham, Alabama, was eager to join Singing River Dentistry as well. “The innovative technology available at Singing River Dentistry rivaled that of other dental practices, and the ability to provide my patients with state of the art procedures, coupled with compassionate care, made the Shoals and Singing River Dentistry an obvious first choice.”
Dr. Geiss, a Shoals area native, stated she has always been interested in the medical field especially since her mom, Dr. Teresa Lango is a prominent cardiologist. While in college, Dr. Geiss shadowed Dr. Jimmy Gardiner of Singing River Dentistry and decided then that the dental field and Singing River Dentistry were a great fit for her since she enjoys the idea of practicing in a team environment. “I look forward to the opportunity to share ideas with a team of doctors who ensure each patient gets the very best care,” says Dr. Geiss.
With dentistry estimated to become a female-dominated profession by 2020, Drs. McClanahan, Flippo, and Geiss are proud to be part of this historic time in dental history.