First Impression - Predoctoral

  • KelliRiddle

    Kelli Riddle

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? My hometown dentist, Dr. Konikoff, inspired me when I was young. He not only restored my smile but enhanced my confidence and self-worth.

    Before starting dental school, I wish I had known… I wish I had … read more
  • RyanRivamonte

    Ryan Rivamonte

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? Over lunch in Ann Arbor during my junior year of undergrad, Dr. Harry Joboulian, a UDM alumnus, opened my eyes to dentistry. I then spent time observing Dr. Joboulian at his office. He made his patients laugh, caught up with them about their … read more
  • KaileeWilliams

    Kailee Williams

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? I have always wanted to do something that involves patient care. When my own dentist heard this, she encouraged me to spend time in her office and see if it might be something I enjoyed. I was blown away by the way her office was run, by … read more
  • JoelDeehr

    Joel Deehr

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? Before dental school, I worked at Henry Schein as a software developer. Working in the industry every day prompted me to look into dentistry as a career.

    Before starting dental school, I wish I had known…that … read more
  • StephenRaines

    Stephen Raines

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? My Dad (General Dentist)

    Before starting dental school, I wish I had known…For the first year, I wish I would have known how to organize my time while studying, to make the most out of the time I spend … read more
  • Michael_Rosen

    Michael Rosen

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? I was first exposed to the art of dentistry through my father, who is a general dentist. As I grew up, I realized that the mouth is the gateway to systemic well-being and that a dentist has the potential to significantly improve a patient’s … read more
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    Falon Rozhitsky

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? I knew I wanted to be a dentist after a shadowing experience I had during my sophomore year in undergraduate. I shadowed the general practice residency program at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ, and one dentist in particular made … read more
  • Paul Lamoreau

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? I can boil my decision to become a dentist down to one defining moment. Roughly five years ago, I was the owner of a martial arts academy and was practicing knife disarming in preparation for a test. Although we were using a non-bladed training … read more
  • Clay Jackson

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? The experiences that inspired me to become a dentist were going on a mission trip to Sartenejas, Honduras, and working in free extraction clinics in the central Illinois area. Getting to meet the local citizens, building relationships and … read more
  • Kelly Nelson

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? I always wanted to be in health care, but only wanted to work on the head and neck. After a medical mission where I shadowed the local Panamanian dentist, I stumbled into my future career and have never looked back.

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First Impression - Predental

  • LaurenOlsen

    Lauren Olsen

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Smiles. It really is all about the smiles! Every time I think about being a dentist, I smile because to me it means transforming patients’ health, positively impacting communities and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. More than anything … read more

  • SamanthaGarzon

    Samantha Garzon

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Growing up, I found going to the dentist office for my cleanings enjoyable, while most kids did not. I was then consulted to get braces, which I later found to be tremendously interesting. The resident student that was assigned to my case not … read more

  • JosephManzella

    Joseph A. Manzella, Jr.

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? As a child, I had more dental work done than I could imagine. I had baby teeth removed, adult teeth removed, face gear to correct my underbite, a palate expander, braces, a retainer and wisdom tooth surgery. It was during the two years that I … read more

  • AfreenAhmed

    Afreen Ahmed

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? In my eyes, dentistry is the perfect culmination of all my interests and personal fulfillment that can only be obtained through working with my hands. I also love that as a dentist, I can one day have the power to bring literally bring smiles … read more

  • EmyliPeralta

    Emyli Peralta

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? When I was younger, I was insecure about my smile because my teeth were oversized and crooked. I got braces in the 7th grade and was fascinated at the thought that my dentist and orthodontist seemed to be only fixing my smile, but in reality were … read more

  • AliRaza

    Ali Raza

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to be dentist so I can help people that are less fortunate receive the dental care every human being deserves. Dentistry satisfies my other goals of being my own boss, establishing my own private practice, and my desire to travel the world … read more

  • RosalindHerkommer

    Rosalind Herkommer

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Dentistry is just the right blend of science and artistry for me. I am an arts-and-crafts kind of person that also has a passion for science and a love of people. I think dentistry is a great career choice that can satisfy all of those needs.

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    Zohair Khan

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Fifteen years ago, when I was in my homeland, my mother had a dental check-up as she had been experiencing a severe teeth-grinding problem. She found her teeth were off-colored and fractured/chipped, which she presumed to be because of cavities. … read more

  • Omer Hillel

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? My mother, a pediatric dentist herself, has always been my role model, support system and life coach. Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to follow in her footsteps as an educated, strong and independent woman. Additionally, I … read more

  • Craig McKenzie

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I love that dentistry is able to dramatically change someone’s health, confidence level and smile in as little as one day. The instant gratification of being able to make a difference in a person’s life is unmatched by any field.

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Legislative Liaison Spotlight

  • ChadCurtis

    Chad Curtis

    Legislative Liaison

    What got you interested in advocacy? During my first year of dental school, I was lucky enough to go to Washington D.C. for National Dental Student Lobby Day where I saw the tremendous impact that members of the dental community can have on legislation. After this experience, … read more

  • NickSchulte

    Nick Schulte

    Legislative Liaison

    What got you interested in advocacy? I was first introduced to advocacy while studying for my MPH prior to dental school. In public health, we focus on making positive health impacts on every level from a global scale down to a single individual. During that time, I found that … read more

  • MelaniFulton

    Melani Fulton

    Legislative Liaison

    What got you interested in advocacy? Public policy has always been an interest in my life; it was actually my college major before I found my passion in dentistry. Advocacy allows me to help shape public policy by educating and advising the legislators that write it.

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  • AndyLarkin

    Andrew Larkin

    Legislative Liaison

    What got you interested in advocacy? I have never considered myself a political person. However, upon entering dental school, I realized how legislative education and advocacy can have a substantial impact on the profession. It is truly exciting to be involved in making change … read more

  • MichaelPetrides

    Michael Petrides

    Legislative Liaison

    What got you interested in advocacy? A current fourth year, Kerri Simpson, got me interested in advocacy early on in my first year of dental school. She iterated the importance of promoting the well-being and the future of the dental profession. She taught me how to stay updated … read more

  • Sidharth Reddy

    Legislative Liaison

    What got you interested in advocacy? I became interested in politics about two years ago when I realized just how much goes into policy-making on the state and national levels. I believe it is an honor to not only have the resources to be informed, but also discuss what I believe … read more

  • Alec Eidelman

    Legislative Liaison

    What got you interested in advocacy? Civic and community engagement began for me while working at Massachusetts General Hospital. I was a part of a public health group, Botswana Oncology Global Outreach (BOTSOGO), which is helping to develop the cancer control strategy for the … read more

  • Jamie Lowstetter

    Legislative Liaison

    Jamie Lowstetter, Pennsylvania ‘18, has been actively involved in advocacy at Penn, with District III, and has served as one of the ADPAC Externs in Washington D.C. At Penn, Jamie has tried to increase Engage numbers and ADPAC numbers by re-sending social media updates and emails to highlight … read more

Leader Spotlight

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    Manuel A. Perea Cuebas

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I have always been fascinated by health related jobs because of the impact you can make in someone’s life. My shadowing experiences as a predental student taught me the importance of dental care in a person’s life. Also, I learned it is very fulfilling … read more

  • Courtney Miyamoto

    Courtney Miyamoto

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I grew up in the field of dentistry where both my grandfather and father worked together in the family practice located in Wailuku, Hawaii. However, it wasn’t until I joined their team that I had the chance to learn about the importance of patient care, … read more
  • KalynnFoster

    Kalynn Foster

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? For me, dentistry is a stepping stone to further my education to become an orthodontist. I want to be the best dentist I can be over the four years of school so it can form a foundation to becoming a great orthodontist. When I was growing up I … read more

  • HakanGem

    Hakan Gem

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I grew up immersed in the field of dentistry and strove to follow in the footsteps of my biggest inspiration: my mother, Dr. Tulay Kent. Sadly, she passed away during my first year in dental school from metastatic cancer. But even in death, she has further … read more
  • FabiolaSalgado

    Fabiola Salgado

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to be able to transform lives in a simple, but significant and emotional way. In my country, oral health is somewhat neglected, and I would like to be part of changing that, educating people and helping them. Having the satisfaction to change a … read more
  • ShukanPatel

    Shukan S. Patel

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? As I've gone through school, I have realized that dentistry is a great mix of artistry, healing and problem-solving. Each patient case presents itself like a puzzle, and diving into different options and solving that puzzle is an aspect that really appeals … read more
  • NathanONeill

    Nathan O’Neill

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I come from a mill town in rural Maine. This environment fosters a great appreciation for job security. My family dentist made me aware of the oral health crisis in Maine and revealed what dentistry had to offer. All that said, I think it took my own … read more
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    Lena Tami Mercho

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I’ve wanted to be a dentist ever since I was a little girl, but it wasn’t until shadowing dental offices that I knew for sure. To me, nothing is more satisfying than working with a patient to create a treatment plan that improves their oral … read more
  • TaylorVelasquez

    Taylor Velasquez

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? My brothers are my inspiration to become a dentist. Two of my younger brothers are on the autism spectrum and one difficulty they came across when they were younger was when it came time to visit the dentist. They hated the dentist--and I know hate is … read more
  • La'Chanda Akers

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Dentistry has been a part of me since before I identified the profession. I have always enjoyed science and service, but that includes many areas of health care. Dentistry specifically is the area of health care that truly allows you to overcome a challenge … read more