The KDA held its first HighHeels & Handpieces event in Wichita on Friday, April 25, which was sponsored by Delta Dental of Kansas. 26 women met at the Fireside Lounge inside the Fairfield Inn & Suites, located at 525 S Main St, in beautiful downtown Wichita.
82 dentists were invited – 66 were members of the Kansas Dental Association and 16 were non-members. Of the 26 that attended the event, 20 were KDA member dentists, 3 were non-member dentists, 1 was a sponsor from Delta Dental of Kansas, and 2 were staff members.
One goal of HighHeels & Handpieces is to encourage more women dentists to be involved in organized dentistry, thus increasing the number of women members within the association.
“We are very enthused to include the ever growing number of women dentists to the Kansas Dental Association,” said Dr. Melodee Armfield, the KDA Executive Committee Secretary. “High Heels & Handpieces will be a great opportunity for women dentists to network with their peers.”
The group’s second event will be held in Overland Park, KS at the Overland Park Marriott (10800 Metcalf Ave). The ladies of H3 will meet for drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Marriott Greatroom Bar.
The KDA invites all women dentists to come meet your colleagues, swap dentistry stories, have a drink, and share in some fun!
RSVP to Jennifer Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-272-7360.
With more women entering the profession of dentistry (over 47% of dental school students nationwide) the KDA recognizes the need to appeal to women.
Look for upcoming opportunities to share your ideas on how the KDA can meet the needs of women dentists.
For instance, H3 is preparing for a women-in-dentistry spa event in accordance with the upcoming KDA Summer Get Away in Colorado Springs from June 5-7. The retreat will be held at the Lotus Salon and Spa, complete with refreshments and complimentary shuttle to and from the resort.
The KDA’s Finance and Membership Coordinator, Jennifer Jones, has also been instrumental in the creation of H3 and planning the group’s events. She and Dr. Armfield shared the H3 logo at the ADA Membership Conference in Chicago in early April.