Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 30, 2013
This spring Dr. Winifred J. Booker, along with four other Baltimore area businesswomen leaders, were recognized for their outstanding professional and civic accomplishments by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland at their annual Distinguished Women’s Award reception. The leadership and members of organized dentistry are especially proud and of their colleague whom they too hold in high esteem. The Maryland Dental Society (MDS), the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA) and individual local and national dentists joined others to help raise over $10,000 for the Girl Scouts on behalf of Winifred J. Booker, DDS.
The dental profession is delighted with the opportunity afforded Dr. Booker to mentor a Girl Scout. The importance of exposing the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland to the dental profession via their colleague is invaluable particularly with the need for dentists to provide oral health care for more Americans. This chance to help their comrade steer these young women to consider dentistry as a career was immediately embraced by the MSDA and the MDS. The MSDA is the local component of the American Dental Association and the MDS is the local component of the National Dental Association.
Dr. Alison Riddle Fletcher, President Elect of the National Dental Association attended the Distinguished Women’s Award reception. She was joined by the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Dental Society, Dr. Hyacinth Dunstan Hunte and Dr. Lenora Caldwell, a member representing both the MSDA and MDS. The MSDA afforded complementary guest tickets for two high school girls eager to attend the event because of the honor being bestowed on the female role model.
The American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) was among the first to announce the prestigious Distinguished Women’s Award around the country through their publications. This dental organization is clearly excited for their colleague and for the Girls Scouts of Central Maryland, some of which may choose to become dentists in the future with mentors like Winifred Booker and join the AAWD. The AAWD provides support and education to women dentists and benefits its members from dental school through retirement.
Dr. Booker shared her commitment to the dental treatment of the pediatric patient population and to the grassroots oral health programs she has developed to help empower communities when she was a guest on Woman Talk Live radio, a media sponsor of the Distinguished Women’s Award Reception. Booker has held numerous leadership positions that have allowed her to champion children’s oral health issues including a two-term appointment on the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Oral Health Advisory Board and president of the Maryland Dental Society. She currently serves on the Maryland DHMH Medicaid Advisory Committee and will complete her second term as treasurer for the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) next year. She continues to be a media spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has contributed to articles for Parents Magazine, Health Quest Magazine, Reader’s Digest and the Women’s Dental Journal to name some of the publications which have documented her expertise in pediatric dentistry.
The principal owner of Valley Dental Pediatrics is also the founder of Brushtime Products, a manufacturer of child-friendly dental hygiene products. Dr. Booker established The Maryland Children’s Oral Health Institute in 1996, now The Children’s Oral Health Institute, and serves as the nonprofit’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Development. She can now add Girl Scouts of Central Maryland 2013 Distinguished Woman to her list of accomplishments.
Dr. Winifred Booker extends sincere thanks to Girl Scouts of Central Maryland for recognizing her as a Distinguished Woman as well as her loving family and devoted friends, business associates, and remarkable MDS and MSDA colleagues for their unyielding support. For more information about Dr. Winifred J. Booker or the April 25th Distinguished Women’s Award Reception, visit: http://gscm.org/for-donors/donor-events/distinguished-womens-award-reception/.