Ollie Louise Bryan (1871–1932), the first African-American woman to become a practicing dentist in the South, was born on December 28, 1871. She entered Meharry Medical College, where she graduated in 1902, the first woman to do so. By 1906 she had married Dr. Felix A. Bryan. The couple moved to Dallas, Texas, where she began practicing as a dentist no later than 1909. In 1916 she retired from dentistry. She died on November 23, 1932, in Dallas, where she was buried at Woodland Cemetery.
A Dentist office is a fun and easy way to teach children about proper teeth cleaning. This way of teaching gives children the opportunity to be fully engaged in experiences while making it fun for them. Many materials could be added to this dramatic centre and it ties into ELECT 3.3 for infants (expressive language skills) as they learn words such as "dentist" and "toothbrush". It also ties into ELECT 1.3 for toddlers (parallel play) as children play alongside each other using role playing.
Center Street - Main Street USA: There is a painless dentist's office, which doubles as a dental school, near the Center Street lockers. The sounds of shrill dentist's drills and screams add to Main Street USA's charm.