Esther Vice Hanson, DDS - Durham Location
You might say Dr. Vice Hanson was born into dentistry, as she indeed was sitting chairside with her mother before she was even born. When she was 6, her mother, Dr. Dinah Vice, graduated dental school. Dr. Vice Hanson remembers many days since then visiting the office and watching her mother work. Dr. Vice Hanson grew up in Chapel Hill and received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She quickly followed this achievement with a master’s in Biochemical and Cellular Biology from East Carolina University. She has since graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. One of her most significant academic achievements was being nominated by her faculty as an alumni member to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society. This honor was awarded to only nine graduating seniors from her class.
When Dr. Hanson graduated in 2007, she took seriously her commitment to serve the community as a whole–also reaching those who were under-resourced. In 2014, she created Hope For a Smile, a 501c3 non-profit, to reach more people. Through Hope For a Smile, Dr. Hanson has gifted her love and talent for dentistry to many people who would have otherwise not had the opportunity to get dental care at that time. For over a decade Dr. Hanson has been serving the people of Durham and the surrounding areas.