Transcript of oral history interview with Toni Eigner-Barry D.M.D, conducted on May 19, 2016 by Henry Clarke.
Pioneering as a woman in dentistry during the 1970s and onward, Toni Eigner-Barrys oral history interview communicates a lifetime of incredible experiences. As both a first generation college student and only one of seven women in her class, she faced surprisingly little prejudice while in dental school and received great support from her male classmates. Perhaps most prominent in her career was Dr. Eigner-Barrys work in dental clinics around the world helping to serve communities with little access to healthcare. Inspired by Albert Schweitzer, Eigner-Barry began her travels in Cameroon, Africa and later traveled to areas such as Nepal and Cambodia. Despite tribal wars and violent political protests, she helped to open new dental clinics and train local residents to perform basic dentistry. As an OHSU School of Dentistry faculty member, she worked in both the hospital dental clinic and in the Russell Street Clinic, often treating underserved populations. As if that wasnt enough, she enjoyed working to treat the mentally disabled and those at the Vietnamese refugee clinic in Portland. Focusing on Toni Eigner-Barrys extensive experience serving those most in need and her opinions on the future of community dentistry this interview is an invaluable asset to the medical community and beyond.
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