Jessica A. Rickert, DDS, Becomes First American Indian Woman Dentist

Headshot of Jessica A. Rickert. Photo Credit: William Strait

First American Indian Woman Dentist

Jessica A. Rickert, DDS, is the first American Indian woman dentist. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1975 from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She was a general dentist in private practice and the director of the dental clinic for the Children’s Aid Society in Grand River, Michigan. In 1982, she opened her private practice serving the Interlochen, Michigan area for 30 years. In 2009, Dr. Rickert was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame for being the first American Indian Woman Dentist worldwide. She received the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Ida Gray Award in 2021 for her commitment to diversity in dentistry. She currently serves as the Anishinaabeg Dental Outreach Specialist for Delta Dental Insurance of Michigan. 

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