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The American Association of Women Dentists is pleased to announce Mary E. Martin, DDS, M.Ed. as the recipient of the 2011 Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award.

Since 1983, The Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award is AAWD’s highest honor, which recognizes significant service to dentistry on the basis of achievement in civic, cultural, humanitarian and academic areas. It honors women who promote a positive image for women in dentistry and those who help to advance AAWD’s mission to be the recognized resource for connecting and enriching lives of women dentists.

The American Association of Women Dentists is pleased to award Dr. Martin with this year’s award as she exemplifies what this award is all about. Dr. Martin was one of the founding women in Oklahoma to establish the Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists and has throughout her career mentored females in the dental and dental auxiliary field. She has been an officer of the OAWD and member in some capacity since 1985. She has served as its President more than once and currently serves as the treasurer. Recently, the OAWD named a scholarship award after Dr. Mary E. Martin to honor her achievements.

Additionally, Dr. Martin served as National President of the American Association of Women Dentists in1994 and has served AAWD and its members as both a board member and President of the AAWD’s Smiles for Success Foundation and the Gillette Hayden Memorial Foundation from 1994 through 2005.

Her service to the profession includes many years of service as Professor in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology at the University of Oklahoma, College of Dentistry. She is an accomplished lecturer, mentor and has been nominated for countless professional and community awards.

Dr. Martin along with her husband, Dr. Steven Carson currently own Eagle Dental Corporation, P.C. in Midwest City, OK. She and Dr. Carson live in Oklahoma City and have one son. Dr. Martin also has a daughter and two grandsons.

Dr. Martin received her award on Friday, June 24, 2011 during AAWD's Annual Meeting at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, OK.