Moe Anderson

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Moe Anderson
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Monica Frazier Anderson

October 16, 1962
Nationality American
Alma mater Baylor University, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Occupation Writer, Dentist, Speaker
Website Official Website

Monica "Dr. mOe" Frazier Anderson, D.D.S., D.B.A. (born October 16, 1962) is an American bestselling author, journalist, motivational speaker, podcaster, and Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Early years

Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. Her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when she was three-years-old. Upon graduation from O.D. Wyatt High School, she attended Baylor University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1984. A classmate at Baylor gave her the nickname "mOe" because he could not remember her preferred pronunciation of mo-NEE-ka. While at Baylor, she followed in the legacy of her paternal grandmother and mother by becoming a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.[1][2] She then entered dental school, graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1988 with a doctorate in dental surgery. While designing her first website, a graphic artist made a typo and the copy read "mOe" instead of "Moe". The unique lettering became part of her brand. Friends and family began calling her "Dr. mOe."

Adulthood and Career

Anderson became an associate at a dental practice in Minnetonka, Minnesota, in 1988. The following year she was hired to write a column for a sports magazine, the Minnesota Viking Update.[3] Her first book "Black English Vernacular: From Ain't to You Mama", a dictionary of African American Vernacular English, was published by Rainbow Books in 1994. She was a weekly lifestyle columnist for the Star-Telegram, a major daily newspaper in Texas from 1996 to 2004.[4] Her second book, Mom, Are We There Yet?, is a collection of several columns[5] written during her tenure with the newspaper. Her exposure as a journalist led to an opportunity to host a cable television program, Perpetual Moe-tion, for AT&T.[6] and launched her professional speaking career.[7]

She formed a publishing company, TyMAC Books, and published When A Sistah’s FED UP in 2005 [8] which became an Essence Magazine[9] and Dallas Morning News[10] bestseller. Her next novel, I Stand Accused, made the Dallas Morning News bestseller list shortly after publication in 2007.[11] Her third novel and fifth book, Sinphony, was published in 2011. Success Is A Side Effect is a self-help book that Dr. Anderson released in 2014.[12] She has contributed to several anthologies, most recently "When Women Become Business Owners [13]" and "So How Was Your Date? Dating Chronicles of Single Men and Women." Currently, she is a member of the editorial committee for the [14] a publication of the American Association of Dental Consultants.

Anderson has been a freelancer for the and [1] She is a frequent keynote speaker at national conventions and corporate meetings. [15] [16] [17] [18] Dr. Anderson is a certified Dental consultant who has worked as a Dental Director for a quality improvement organization, a Federally Qualified Health Center, Texas Medicaid Healthcare Partnership, and a national benefits administration company in the U.S.

She is also a podcaster and blogger promoting empowerment, work-life balance and personal transformation.[19]

Honors and awards

Anderson has been honored by civic groups, government agencies and educational institutions.[20] She was presented the "Distinguished Alumni" award by the Fort Worth Independent School District in 1995. She was a nominee for the "Texas Trailblazer Award" in 1998. In 1999, the staff of the Fort Worth Weekly named her "The Best Columnist in Tarrant County."[21] She also received the Millennium Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare" from Altrusa International, Inc in 2001. That same year, she was presented the "Outstanding Young Alumni Award" by Baylor University.[22] In 2010, Anderson founded Austin Black Newcomers Association to encourage community service and engagement for new residents of Austin, Texas. In recognition of her long history of volunteerism, the Texas House of Representatives presented Anderson with the 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Outstanding Community Volunteer award at the legislators' annual conference.


Books by Monica F. Anderson

  • Black English Vernacular: From Ain’t to Yo Mama (1994)
  • Mom, Are We There Yet? (2000)
  • When A Sistah’s Fed UP (2005)
  • I Stand Accused (2007)
  • Sinphony (2011)
  • Success Is A Side Effect (2014)


  • Kente Cloth: Southwest Voices of the African Diaspora (1995)
  • Kente Cloth: African American Voices In Texas (1997)
  • Misadventures of Moms and Disasters of Dads (2004)
  • When-Women-Become-Business-Owners (2015)
  • How-Was-Your-Date-Chronicles (2016)

External links

  • Official Website & Blog


  1. ^ "Dentist, Zeta Soror Monica Anderson writes romance novel - Progressive Greek". Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  2. ^ Harrison, Lullelia W. (1998). Torchbearers Of A Legacy: A History of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Washington, D.C.: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, p. 306.
  3. ^ "Viking’s Wife", Star Tribune Sunday Magazine, December 3, 1989, p. 7.
  4. ^ "Hometown Authors", Fort Worth Black News, August 2000, p.5
  5. ^ "Author juggles careers", Arlington Morning News, July 30, 2000, p. 6B.
  6. ^ "Residents Get A Shot At Hometown Stardom", Star-Telegram, April 17, 2000, p. 1B.
  7. ^ "Dentist leads a romantic, frenetic life".
  8. ^ "Secrets, Lies, and Politics Collides in Monica Frazier Anderson's New Novel, When a Sistah's Fed Up". Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  9. ^ Bestsellers Books List, Essence Magazine, May 2006.
  10. ^ By the numbers, Dallas Morning News, November 27, 2006
  11. ^ "Texas Dentist Writes Romance Novel". Retrieved 2015-08-22.
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  13. ^ "When Women Become Business Owners".
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  16. ^ "Speakers-At-A-Glance".
  17. ^ "Texas Diversity Council".
  18. ^ LaShaunda. "SORMAG's Blog".
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  20. ^ "Monica Frazier Anderson. The Dentist" Fort Worth Black News May 1998, p. 5
  21. ^ "Best Newspaper Columnist" FW Weekly (Fort Worth) September 16–23, 1999, p. 8
  22. ^ "Baylor University || Media Communications || News". Retrieved 2015-08-22.
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