Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois

Chapter: Creighton

Graduation Year: 2020

Position Held At Chapter: Chair for predental involvement

Kevin Reardon

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 experience people had in my dad’s operatory inspired me to be a dentist and try to change the stigma that the general public has associated with seeing the dentist.

Before starting dental school, I wish I had known…
How much information and insight is out there on how to succeed in dentistry and business, and how much of that content is available for free (podcasts, books, etc.).

What is your favorite thing about your current year in dental school?
I love being able to build relationships with my patients. A lot of my patients are anxious about dental work and have neglected their oral health for a while. I love being able to talk them through their treatment options and help them understand why their oral health is important. It’s so rewarding to calm the fears of someone who is apprehensive about their treatment.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far?
Dental schools do their best to transform each student into a competent dentist in the four years that they are given with us. We’re not going to know everything about dentistry after four years of formal education. Therefore, in order to deliver high-quality care for our patients, learning shouldn’t stop at 5 p.m. when class is out or when you cross the stage at graduation. We need to be committed to that path of self-improvement as long as we practice dentistry.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled and why?
Rome. I’m confident that eating gelato at my favorite place in the world — Giolitti, a couple blocks from the Pantheon — is the closest I’ll ever come to seeing the face of God.

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
For my first endo case on a live patient, I chose a maxillary first molar. It went well! I filed and filled four canals. Just don’t ask how long it took me.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Never accept the limitations that other people have placed on themselves as your own. You are limited only by your own vision, creativity and dedication.

What are you looking forward to most after graduation?
I’m a dental business junkie, so I’m excited to get into practice ownership, but I’m most excited to work side by side in practice with my dad before he retires.