Helen Rulison Shipley

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Helen Rulison Shipley
Born Helen Rulison
(1870-07-23)July 23, 1870
Dayton, Nevada, US
Died June 6, 1955(1955-06-06) (aged 84)
Nationality American
Education University of Nevada, Reno
Known for Nevada’s first female dentist
Medical career
Profession Dentist

Helen Rulison Shipley (née Helen Rulison) (July 23, 1870 – June 6, 1955) was Nevada’s first female dentist. Born in Dayton, Nevada, US, she had at least two siblings, brothers, who were dentists. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1889, and then worked as a teacher.[1] When she returned to school, she studied dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco.[2] After graduation in 1896, she practiced in San Francisco until 1907, in Goldfield until 1912, and then Tonopah, where she met and subsequently married Robert Shipley. They moved to Reno in 1926, where she worked for another twenty years. She died in Reno in 1955.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Dentists". lib.nv.us. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Watson, Anita Ernst; Nevada Humanities Committee (June 2000). Into their own: Nevada women emerging into public life. University of Nevada Press. pp. 127–. ISBN 978-1-890591-06-9. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Helen Rulison Shipley". University of Nevada School of Medicine. 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Rocha, Guy; Kay Sanders (January 2010). "Helen Rulison Shipley". Nevada Women's History Project. University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved 1 February 2012.