First Impression - Predoctoral

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    Lissette Ruiz-Ibarra

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist?
    I vividly remember squishing white clay between my nine-year-old hands attempting to sculpt the molar that was in my encyclopedia. I sat at my kitchen table for hours shaping the enamel, rolling strips of red and blue clay for vessels, … read more

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    Jordan Dunn

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What inspired you to become a dentist?
    I always loved going to the dentist as a kid, and I even did my third-grade science fair project on teeth whitening. I love that dentistry is so hands-on and interactive.

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    Regina DelaCruz

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist?
    In high school, my pathway to dentistry began when I had the opportunity to shadow an incredible dentist and family friend. Dr. Hoang gave me a glimpse of the dynamic work of a dentist. Each day, I observed her meticulously … read more

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    Carly V. Cotten

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    If you asked me at five years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would tell you a dentist, and it’s all because of my dad. He’s taught me the value of caring for others and how to handle unforseen situations. Over the … read more

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    Kayla Weatherwax

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What inspired you to become a dentist?
    Growing up, I knew that I wanted to do something in the health care field. I shadowed at a local dental office in my hometown and was offered an after-school position as a clinical assistant. I fell in love with all aspects of dentistry. … read more

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    Trent D. Wilkerson

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What inspired you to become a dentist?
    I was a “Big” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and had the opportunity to be a mentor to a little kid whose silver teeth kept him from interacting with other children and from smiling. During my time there, the little … read more

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    Michele M. Collins

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    I was inspired by my pediatric dentist. I remember his office always being fun, with its different-themed operatory rooms and the 90s-style green carpet with the roadmap. He was gentle and kind, and I knew that when I grew up, I was going … read more

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    Jesse Adamson

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    Two of my older sisters, who were also Buffalo dental school graduates, were my inspiration for pursuing a career in dentistry. Honestly, if it wasn’t for them, I probably still wouldn’t know what a dentist does. Now look at … read more

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    Nicole Guito

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    Growing up around a family with a medical background, I always knew I wanted to be a health professional. It wasn’t until after my first dental shadowing experience that I realized just how much this profession impacted the community … read more

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    Marie Kwok

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What inspired you to become a dentist?

    I was inspired to become a dentist largely by a genetics class that I took during my senior year of high school. In that class, I was a student of one of the most influential educators that I’ve met in my life. He was a retired … read more

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    Anne Miller Harper

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What inspired you to become a dentist?
    I had an experience serving at a nursing home during the summer before undergrad at Clemson University that proved patient care was the way to go for me. After shadowing several medical and dental professionals, I knew that dentistry would … read more

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    Christine Adams

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    A routine visit to my dentist in 11th grade resulted in a consultation with my orthodontist to correct my misaligned jaw: I had a tongue thrust and a class III malocclusion that noticeably affected my speech. Several elastic band patterns … read more

First Impression - Predental

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    Michelle Nudel

    First Impression - Predental

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    Kishan Patel

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I was determined to pursue dentistry after I attended a six-week summer camp (SHPEP) at the University of Nebraska: School of Dentistry. During this camp, we were placed in classes with other pre-health students to assist with prerequisite courses. … read more

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    Elyse Hofer-Draper

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Oral health is widely misunderstood and access to care is largely withheld from many demographics in today’s society. Being a dentist provides you with a platform to continually advocate for patients both on the local and national level. … read more

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    Adam Mucci

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    I first developed an interest in dentistry during my high school career fair. My sister is a physician and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, because I was always fascinated by her descriptions of her day at work.  … read more

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    Sonali Lallu

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    My journey as a Pre-Dental student is quite interesting. Upon starting my freshman year at UCF, I was actually pursuing the Pre-Medical route. Through further research and shadowing, I found that the careers I had looked into weren’t as great … read more
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    Grace Ishak

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Once I entered college and was weighing my career path options, I shadowed a dentist to figure out what it entails. When I witnessed the blend of artistry and science through patient care I was sold. I want to be a dentist because I want to be … read more

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    Dorna Akhavain

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Growing up I had the opportunity to watch my father practice dentistry in Iran. I spent a lot of time in his office. Every time one of his patients would see me, they would tell me how my father made them feel like they are family and not just … read more

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    Claire Todd

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? 

    My passion to become a dentist began when I was only six years old. I have firsthand experienced the transformative power of dentistry, and I want to be able to provide a place where I can cultivate confidence within my patients through … read more
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    Harrison Waddell

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I’ve had many experiences throughout my life that have led me to pursue dentistry. One in particular experience that stood out to me was on a recent dental humanitarian trip to San Martin Jilotepeque in Guatemala. While there I had the … read more

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    Sabin Dhamala

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    It is a profession in which I can combine two of my passions: the art of using my hands and the service to the people of the community. I love the idea of being able to see the results of my work instantly, as well as the impact I … read more

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    Helen Zagorodny

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    I want to be a dentist because I believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile they are confident in and I want to be the someone who can provide that.

    What are you most nervous about for dental school?

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    Jenna McGrath

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I want to be a dentist to not only combine my passion for art and science, but also change people's lives. There is no better feeling than making someone smile from the bottom of their heart.

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Legislative Liaison Spotlight

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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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    Tatum Newbill

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I decided to become a dentist so I could provide treatment to my underserved hometown. When I began treating patients in the clinic, I found I enjoyed the treatment I was providing to my patients, and enjoyed the relationships formed. I’m excited … read more

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    Ashley Maus

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Helping others is … read more

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    Sierra Zarate

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I love dentistry because it is different than all other health fields. It combines science and art, two of my favorite subjects, and really requires you to have an eye for esthetics. You can truly change someone’s life in one appointment- whether you … read more

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    William Carter

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Ever since I was young, I have wanted to help people in need. Whether in the United States or across the world, the need for oral healthcare will always be important and dentistry is the hands-on physical skill to tackle this under-appreciated … read more
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    Brianne Schmiegelow

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I think that, as future dentists, we have the opportunity to have a big impact on the lives of our patients and on our communities. I love that we are able to put smiles on other peoples’ faces and make their lives even a little bit better. 

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    Rohan Madhyani

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    First and foremost, I wanted to help people in some way through the healthcare field. Dentistry is a combination of health, art, technology, and research which I wanted to be a part of. We’re able to use our hands to save smiles and change … read more

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    Kate McPherson

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    My interest in dentistry exploded throughout my high school years as I first began shadowing in various offices.  I loved the intricate work of general dentists and also the opportunity that dentistry provides to be a leader and passionate … read more

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    Stephanie Sforza

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I chose to pursue dentistry because it is the perfect blend of my passions for health, art and esthetics, and personal connections. Being a dentist provides us with such a unique place in the health care realm – dealing with acute, often … read more

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    Zelexis C. Morse

    Leader

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    In high school, I took a class called “Dental Careers” that formally introduced me to dentistry. My instructor, Regina Weems, showed me an article about a 12-year-old titled “Toothache Leads to Boy's Death,” which … read more

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    Lauren Yap

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to be a dentist to be able to help human trafficking victims, especially young women and children, with their oral health. 

    What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? I think the most vital quality … read more
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    Kevin Reardon

    Leader

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    Growing up, I always heard people complain about the dentist and say how much they hated going. I was confused because I spent a ton of time at my dad’s practice and his patients always seemed happy to be there. Seeing the positive … read more

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    Malika Malik

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Throughout undergrad I explored other careers in healthcare and dentistry was the field that I could use creativity while providing a service to those in need. Growing up I always had a great experience at the dentist, so after shadowing the choice … read more