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Local History: First female dentist in Lackwanna County was destined for job – News

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TIMES-TRIBUNE ARCHIVES Dr. Elsie Cole, retiring president of the Scranton District Dental Society, turns over the gavel to Dr. Frank B. Gardner, 1954 president, at the election and installation dinner on Dec. 14, 1953, at the Hotel Jermyn. From left: Gardner, Cole, Dr. Joseph Newman, Dr. John C. Specker and Dr. C.W. Taylor.

From the time she was 5 years old, helping her father count supplies and prepare gold for fillings, Elsie Cole was destined to become the first female dentist in Lackawanna County.

Born in Scranton in 1892, she was determined to follow in the footsteps of her father, P.F. Struppler, who had a dental practice in West Side. She attended the School of Lackawanna and then Temple School of Dentistry, where she met Jesse Cole, another dental student who would become her husband. They married in 1914, a year after they graduated.


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Cumberland County dentist treats emergency patients ::

— Several dental clinics across North Carolina have closed. But there are places open to get emergency procedures taken care of and there are several folks who are glad they’re available.”

There is no way around it. Dental work is up close and very personal. Social distancing is just about out the window.

But pain from tooth-related issues needs to be addressed even though many patients have coronavirus fears that extend to the dental office.

Carolina Dentist

“So we are doing everything we can. We wear personal protective equipment. We’re following all OSHA standards. Everything we can to stop that scare,” said Cindy Sky, office manager at Carolina Dentist.

Doctor Corey Mullen owns Carolina Dentist. He’s downsized his staff and decided to keep his seven locations open for emergency procedures only.

“Not only do we want to care for our patients and keep them

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