Post-graduate program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at Midwestern University – College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ
D.M.D. graduation year: 2015
What are you doing now, career-wise (or what do you plan to do after graduating)?
I’m currently a Staff Dentist at Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg, Oregon. Quite a few of my dental classmates would talk about how much money they were going to make as dentists after graduation. As for myself, a career in public health was always the goal. I was drawn to healthcare as a way to make my mark on the world and "do good". Now that I am a dentist, I help people all day long, many who have never had access to dentistry on a regular basis, if ever. I feel so fortunate to have landed my dream job!
Is there any other achievement or involvement that you’d like to share?
I’m really proud to have been awarded a National Health Service Corp Scholarship. As an NHSC Scholar, I will spend at least my first four years after dental school working with underserved populations. Sure, it has helped alleviate a large portion of my dental school debt, but more importantly, it has allowed me to take a career path that I would have been unable to reasonably consider without their support.
I would also like to say to those other “non-traditional students” out there, it’s never too late to try and change your life!
What is one thing that you really appreciated about our program at Oregon Tech?
Many people cite the small class size and great instructors at OIT as instrumental to their success, and I couldn't agree more. Ultimately though, if you want to pursue a graduate degree, a major factor is the overall quality of preparation for program prerequisites, admissions tests, and grad school coursework that makes the difference. I've honestly lost track of how many times I've paused in the last few years and thought, "Yeah, I learned that at OIT!"
What is one piece of advice that you would give to a student in our program today?
Work hard and learn to study effectively. The difference in required effort between undergrad and grad school is immense.
Profile updated May 2017