As part of the 35th Annual Dental Alumni and Friends held Friday, February 10 at The Fairview Inn in Jackson, Dr. Fanasy Deming-Jefcoat was honored as the 2017 Dental Alumnus of the Year.
In spite of running her own periodontics practice as well as teaching part time at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, and dedicating time to several professional boards, Deming-Jefcoat said that she was shocked to be chosen for this honor.
“I was completely surprised when I heard the news, especially since this honor usually seems to go to someone much farther along in their career,” said Deming-Jefcoat.
Deming-Jefcoat knew from age 5 that she wanted to do something in the medical field. She grew up in southern Louisiana, and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Mississippi College before attending dental school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Mississippi College was a good fit for me, and had a great program, and I felt so at home in Mississippi. I was thrilled to be able to stay here [for dental school],” she said.
Following graduation at UMMC, Deming-Jefcoat went on to earn her masters and a Certificate of Periodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry, later earning board certification in periodontology.
Her next endeavor was starting her own practice in Madison.
“I started from scratch, and it's a tough start-up,” said Deming-Jefcoat. “I feel very blessed to have established a practice and relationships with other dentists. It's all about relationships, with other dentists and our patients.”