Enrolled in the third or fourth year of the dental program
Exhibits leadership skills while in dental school
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University of Virginia, B.A. in Biology, Minor in Art History
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a bubbly morning person who is known for my welcoming smile, inclusivity, and zest for life. Outside of school, I take hip hop dance lessons, play community kickball, SCUBA dive, and read a book a week. I am very close to my family who live in Charlottesville, VA and have six pet shrimp!
Why are you passionate about dentistry
I love dentistry, not only because I love the artistic technical work, but also because I love working with patients, gaining people’s trust, and giving 110% effort in order to help relieve pain and restore a sparkle back to what I believe is everyone’s most important feature, their smile.
Hometown: Payson, Utah
Undergraduate school/degree: Brigham Young University–Psychology
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I have been married for three years. We love anything to do with the outdoors. We enjoy helping underserved and vulnerable communities. When I am not studying you can find me riding the Capital Trail, serving meals to the homeless or building houses for families in need through Habitat for Humanity.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? I am passionate about dentistry because it allows me to build long-lasting relationships with patients, and give back to those in need throughout my community. Additionally, I love the scientific nature of dentistry and being at the cutting edge of science, art, and engineering.
Hometown: Byron , Minnesota
Undergraduate school/degree: University of St. Thomas –Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I'm from a rural town in Minnesota. I attended undergrad in St. Paul, then pursued a Masters degree in Biomedical Science in FL. My hobbies include reading, cooking, fishing, drawing, golfing, lifting, hiking and camping, archery, and carpentry. During break I drive back to see my family.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? Dentistry allows me to achieve my goals of helping people directly, working with my hands, being able to be creative and have autonomy, and being able to have a comfortable lifestyle and support a family.
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
Undergraduate school/degree: Old Dominion University–Bachelor of Science in Biology
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am 24 years old from Chesapeake, Virginia. Throughout undergrad, I worked at a local Chick-fil-A on the leadership team and volunteered regularly with my church. I have recently reignited my passion for long distance running and will be participating in several races over the next few months.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? Dentistry is a truly a profession that is both artistic and altruistic. I love being able to put such an incredible skill set to use to benefit the oral health of my patients while simultaneously building relationships and getting to know them on a personal level.
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
Undergraduate school/degree: Old Dominion University–Dental Hygiene and Biochemistry
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I recently married the love of my life, the new Mrs. Chelsea Barrick. We are so excited to start this next chapter of our life together and currently looking forward to getting a labradoodle puppy sometime this summer. Outside of dental school we enjoy any activities that keep us outdoors.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? I chose to pursue a career in dentistry because I have a passion of working with people every day. I am so excited to be a third year student and leave being the manikin and simulation lab. I look forward to forging new relationships with my patients and continuing to improve my interpersonal skills
Hometown: Suffolk, Virginia
Undergraduate school/degree: Wake Forest University–B.S. and Honors in Health and Exercise Science (major) with Biology and Chemistry (minors)
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Stated simply, I am a doer, a 'mover and a shaker' if you will. Born and raised in Suffolk Virginia and the youngest of three children, I am an avid equestrian and enjoy painting, paddleboarding, running, writing, cooking, and gardening and seek to engage and invest in all of life's experiences.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? To be entrusted with the care of one's fellow man is a great honor supported by the finesse of trust building between patient and provider. This richness to invest in and learn from the trust of one's patients is the driving force behind my commitment to excellence for the benefit of the profession.