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AAWD Honors Dr. Rise' Martin with the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dr. Rise' Martin of Lakehills, TX has been named the recipient of the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award by the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD).

This is the highest honor that the AAWD bestows upon a woman dentist member and 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.


Dr. Martin was nominated by beloved Past President Dr. Jane Selbe. After Dr. Selbe died in March, Dr. Martin's nomination was seconded by Immediate past President Dr. Mary Beth Aichelmenn-Reidy.

Dr. Martin's contributions to AAWD, the dental industry and her community at large are too numerous to list, but we've highlighted some of our favorites below.


Dr. Martin graduated with a DDS degree from UTHSCSA and joined the faculty in 1993 where she stayed on until 2003. In 2001, she started her own practice in Lakehllls, TX where she has been an active member of the community, serving as a Mission Dentist for the past 20 years; serving the community as a Lay Minister of the Methodist Church and volunteering at the local food bank and homeowners association.

She has served the dental community well, from 1997 - 2005 she served on the AAWD's Executive Board, serving as President for a 2-year term (2000 and 2001). She served as President of AAWD's 501-c-3 Foundation, Smiles for Success, from 2004-2009 and continues to donate dental work to patients whenever called upon.

Dr. Martin has been recognized for her efforts by her peers through various organization for her efforts:

In 2008 she was elected and inducted into Pierre Fauchard Academy;

In 2010 she was presented with the Texas Dental Association Goodfellow Award;   

In 2011, the American Dental Association presented Dr. Martin with the Golden Apple Award for Leadership;

and in 2012 the Texas Academy of General Dentistry named Dr. Martin " Dentist of the Year."

She currently holds membership in the International College of Dentistry, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, Delta Mu Delta, National Honor Society-Bus. Admin., Our Lady of the Lake Alumni Association, American College of Dentistry, Christian Medical/Dental Association, AGD, TAGD, ADA, TDA, SADDS, UTHSCDSSA Alumni, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Women Dentists.

This year she is serving as Local Chair for ADA-2014 America's Dental Meeting, which AAWD is proud to partner with in 2014. Please join us for our 2014 Annual Meeting "AAWD - Leading the Future of Dentistry" in the Lila Cockrell Theatre on Thursday, October 9, 2014, when Dr. Rise' Martin will be on hand to accept her much-deserved award.

The American Association of Women Dentists congratulates Dr. Rise' Martin on all of her accomplishments.

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