DDS, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
Why She Was Nominated:
A board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Dean-Duru is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Joining her mother, also a pediatric dentist and a Lucy Hobbs Project award recipient, in practice, Dr. Dean-Duru specializes in integrative laser pediatrics. She’s a founding member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry and the International Association of Orofacial Myology.
Tool She Can’t Live Without:
“My Fotona LightWalker laser. Not only am I able to complete quadrant to full-mouth dentistry without anesthesia, I get to surgically and nonsurgically treat oral restrictions and neurological challenges, relieve pain and more.”
“My mother. I have been privileged to have her as a mentor, an educator and a parent. I’m sure to have big Louboutins to fill, which to me is a blessing.”