Hometown: Houston, TX

Chapter: ASDOH - Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Graduation Year: 2022

Position Held At Chapter: President


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Why do you want to be a dentist? I love to be empowered and to empower others! As a dentist, I have the special privilege of helping others feel healthier and happier about themselves. It’s important to me to give my future patients control of their oral health, and I can’t wait to do so. I love working with my hands and interacting with others, especially those who are underserved and truly deserve health care.

What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? Honest communication! I have learned so much in the past few years in terms of leadership, and I have seen firsthand how easily communication can break down. Keeping an open line of communication and giving others the space to speak freely and honestly has led to an incredibly successful and productive dialogue to pursue our goals together.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? Nobody cares about what you know until they know that you care. What we learn formally in dental school is just half of the battle! I’ve realized that it comes down to caring for the wellbeing of others and advocating for their welfare, and that is what makes the greatest impact.

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Moving to Arizona pushed me out of my comfort zone entirely. I truly blossomed here, and the bravest thing I’ve ever done was going to a music festival in the middle of nowhere alone. It seems crazy, but I made so many wonderful friends and memories that will last a lifetime. I love to learn more about myself and what I’m capable of, so I hope to keep pushing my own boundaries in the future.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Two things my dad used to tell me almost daily was: “do your best and forget the rest” and also “be good and have fun”. They were so simple to me back then but it reminds me constantly to not dwell on the past. We all make mistakes and things don’t always go to plan, but if you try your hardest to give it your all and be the best version of yourself that you can be, the rest will fall into place. We only have one life, so why not have some fun while we’re at it?