Lauren Leiden Phillips


Hometown: Forest, Mississippi

Chapter: UTHSC

Graduation Year: 2021

Position Held At Chapter: President

Lauren Leiden Phillips

Why do you want to be a dentist? I have always been interested in science, so I knew I wanted to go into the medical field to use science in order to help others. I appreciate the schedule flexibility that dentistry offers, because having a family has always been another important goal of mine. Plus, I love teeth and making people smile!

What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? I think the best quality a leader can have is being approachable, so that their group feels included and comfortable enough to present new ideas and suggestions.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? Dental school has finally taught me how to say ‘no.’ Unfortunately, there are a lot of events you have to say ‘no’ to in order to study for a test or finish lab projects. But working hard in dental school means we won’t have to say ‘no’ to things in the future!

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? I haven’t done anything spectacular like skydiving or bungee jumping, but I was a lifeguard for five summers. There were a lot of scary situations where adrenaline and instincts had to kick in quickly!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” Throughout dental school, there are so many things that are out of your control, and you can’t waste your precious energy worrying about them.