The first woman dentist in Canada was Dr. Caroline Louise Wells who graduated from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons school in 1893. She received her doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1899.

Her husband, John, had been the gold medalist when he graduated in 1882. However, he became ill and Caroline sent her three children to live with relatives and pursued the dental profession herself.

She practised for 36 years on Spadina Avenue in Toronto. Interested in providing dental services to Ontario mental hospitals, she ultimately was responsible for treatment to mental patients in Toronto, Mimico, Hamilton, Orilla and at the Mercer Reformatory.