First Impression - Predoctoral

  • Jesse Adamson

    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

  • Nicole Guito

    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

  • Anne Miller Harper

    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

  • Christine Adams

    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

  • Kelly Suralik

    Kelly Suralik

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?

    I’ve logged many hours as a dental patient with failed procedures and the subsequent treatment. I am thankful to my dental care team who gave me my smile back, and I strive to give a smile and self-confidence to another person. I … read more

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    Nicole Czajka

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?

    Growing up with a mother who is a surgical technician and who shared her passion for surgery with me, I was always oriented towards a career in medicine. I also worked in my father’s small business growing up and, in doing so, developed … read more

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    Aneesa Sood

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist? My dentists, my mother and a family friend. As a child, I loved having my teeth cleaned. Selecting a free toothbrush and a prize from my dentist’s treasurer chest made the experience extra special. My mother said, “You should become … read more

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    Michelle Chen

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?

    My mom is a dentist and has always been a role model in my life, but it was a long and winding road before I finally decided to become a dentist. At first, I wanted to go into medicine. After shadowing some physicians, I realized that … read more

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    Taylor Cook

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? When I was a kid, I would spend a lot of time at my grandparent’s home, and my grandpa would always let me help him put his dentures in. This process always fascinated me, and I loved looking at those beautiful pearly whites! So … read more

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    Lauro Tijerina

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? Dr. Carlos Villarreal, he performed my BSSO surgery and I just thought it was the coolest thing ever!

    Before starting dental school, I wish I had known… That a lot of instruments and materials were not … read more
  • Grace-Eichler

    Grace Eichler

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What or who inspired you to become a dentist? I was fortunate enough to have several incredible dentists, orthodontist and oral surgeons growing up (I had a lot of work done!), all of whom demonstrated the important impact that dentists can have on their patients.

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First Impression - Predental

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    Claire Chae Rin Kim

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I’ve always enjoyed arts and design, and using my hands to create something new and beautiful. After joining a predental club, I learned that dentistry is deeply related to art, in terms of manual dexterity. Dentistry also allows you to not … read more
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    Alexis Vasciannie

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I want to be a dentist because dentistry provides opportunities to transform lives and instill confidence in others just by making them smile a little bigger.

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    Binglan Xue

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    The thought of pursuing dentistry came to me while I was receiving orthodontic treatments during high school. Unlike many of my peers, my case was complicated and my orthodontist had to adjust the dental plan several times to carry out the most … read more

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    Tessa Hadley

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to live a life of service. I believe that education empowers and enables one to serve with a full capacity. I also just simply love teeth and the uniqueness each smile holds.

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    Christian Billings

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    There was no singular defining moment for me. The idea of being a dentist made its way into my mind beginning at a young age. It started in an odd way when my parents filmed a dental-themed video for one of their college courses. The movie was … read more

  • Hannah Tran

    Hannah Tran

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    I always felt my purpose was to serve others. I tiptoed around different parts of the healthcare field for some time, but was finally introduced to the idea of dentistry by my orthodontist. I was wary at first, but decided to shadow him and … read more

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    Isaac Bunker

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    I love working with people! If I am ever by myself and not working with others I am out of my element. So, being able to work with patients and improve their lives in such a visible way is a dream come true. I also love business management and … read more

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    Priscilla Phuong

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    My interest in the dental field began early in my life. As a child, I had always felt self-conscious about my smile because my teeth were not perfectly aligned. My teeth became a big insecurity of mine and I would avoid smiling at all cost. … read more

  • Predental Spotlight

    Kloanna Fetolli

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? 
    The reason why I chose dentistry is not simple; it’s been a journey that led me to choose this profession. My entire life, I have felt the need to help others and make a change in my community. This very need is what put me on the journey … read more
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    Jonathan Toma

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    As a child, I had a passion for reading books. As each new book came to a close, I would be intrigued by a new character’s profession. By the time I entered high school, I had changed my mind a countless number of times regarding what career … read more
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    Jasmine Renee Lopez

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Choosing dentistry wasn’t hard. On the surface, it’s profitable, flexible and allows you the opportunity to be your own boss. For me, however, my drive to become a dentist stems from my love for the profession and its immense devotion … read more
  • Madison Hoover

    Madison Hoover

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? 
    As a dentist, you're able to not only relieve pain but work towards increasing confidence, provide oral health education and restore the patient’s oral health to where it should be on a daily basis which is absolutely amazing. I appreciate … read more

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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    Scarlett Woods

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I actually didn't realize I wanted to be a dentist for a long time. I really enjoyed running dental offices in California and Mississippi. I made my way from scheduling to dental assistant to treatment planner and finally to office manager. I realized … read more

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    Sarah Strickland

    Leader

    Why I want to be a dentist: I want to be a dentist to fulfill a need in our state to serve our people.

    Most Vital Quality in a leader: I think that the most important quality in a good leader is the ability to listen.

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    Gianna Gagliardi

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    My passion for density came after shadowing in a local dental clinic. However, I knew that I wanted to be a dentist after traveling on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. On this trip, we set up a dental clinic and treated approximately 1,000 … read more

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    Morgan McDermott

    Leader

    Why I want to be a dentist: I love the role a dentist can have in their community and I was drawn towards how this amazing field has influenced so many other medical professions. I saw the big picture dentistry plays in the world and I wanted to be a part of it.

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    Elodi Healy

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Of all the reasons I could list on why I think dentistry is a good fit for me, the one that has continued to carry me through dental school is being able to make a valuable difference in someone’s life. Believe me, I know it’s cliché. … read more
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    Renz Antonio

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I actually grew up not wanting to be a dentist. My mom is a dentist, and the constant pushing for me to become a dentist really turned me off to the profession. However, I slowly saw everything that I wanted in a career. The personal connections we make … read more
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    Austin Moon

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? In college, I studied engineering and really loved the problem-solving and critical-thinking aspects involved with design and engineering principles, as well as the challenge that engineering offered. With engineering, I could make a difference in people's … read more
  • KevinSu

    Kevin Su

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Dentistry is a career in health care that allows me to positively impact many lives in both the short term and the long run.

    What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader?
    I believe that one of the most … read more

  • Clayton Jackson

    Clayton Jackson

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to a dentist because I want to be able to give back to my small-town community back in Illinois and have the opportunity to go to other countries to help people in need. After my experience through mission and service trips throughout my life, … read more

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    Katie Rothas

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I've had a passion for dentistry since I was first introduced to Mr. Thirsty at the age of 4. While many believed this childhood obsession would fade, as I matured as a person and I learned more about the profession, healthcare inequities and the impact … read more

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    Ben Kahan

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I always find this question to be challenging since I am still figuring that out myself. I originally chose dentistry because I wanted to pursue a career that offered me opportunities to enjoy science, intricate hand work and the ability … read more

  • Jack Lupfer

    Jack Lupfer

    Leader

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Unlike most children and adolescents who visit the dentist often and have inspirational stories of wanting to follow in their footsteps, my path was a little different. Despite pleading with my parents to get braces as a kid, due to my generally … read more