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A Remarkable Debut on 'The View'


February 2004

by Natalie Gutierrez

Remarkable! That describes Sarah Tevis, D.D.S., a 2003 graduate of the Health Science Centerís Dental School. Tevis earned the Remarkable Woman Award from Personal Products Co., a division of McNeil-PPC Inc. and in October 2003 was invited to New York City to be a guest on ABCís national TV show "The View."

The Waco, Texas, native was born with ectodermal dysplasia, which causes abnormalities of sweat glands, tooth buds, hair follicles and nail development. Many patients undergo treatment for missing or malformed teeth.

As a child, Tevis struggled with the physical and emotional effects of the disease, but overcame them with the support of family and friends and the diligent treatment of pediatric dentists. Her childhood dentists helped inspire her to become a dentist and to do much of the outstanding work she does today.


Pictured on the set of "The View" are
(L-R) Sarah Tevis, D.D.S., Michelle Mohammed, from Johnson and Johnson (sponsors of the Remarkable Woman Award), and Susan Scott, Tevisí mother.


The honors graduate is now a resident in advanced education in general dentistry at the Health Science Center Dental School. She is learning to treat the most challenging cases, including medically comprised patients. In her free time, Dr. Tevis participates in numerous volunteer activities that benefit childrenís dental programs throughout the city. She serves on the Board of the Directors for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia. As a member of the Family Services Committee, she visits with dentists and families throughout the country. She reviews treatment plans and gives families valuable wisdom about their course of action. She also serves on the Treatment Fund Committee, which provides support for patients who need dental care. "We allocate thousands and thousands of dollars to fix these problems," she said. "A typical treatment plan could be $30,000 or $40,000."

Ectodermal dysplasia syndromes affect as many as 7 in every 10,000 live births. There is no cure at the present time. Nonetheless, dentists such as Dr. Tevis are making a great difference in patientsí quality of life. "I enjoy being able to impact my patients and help them feel proud of their smiles," she said. "I am lucky to be passionate about what I do and feel like I make a difference in peopleís lives."

Dr. Tevisí mother, Susan Scott, nominated her for the Remarkable Woman Award.



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