#RUASDA Spotlight: Tammy Pham

Tammy Pham

Roseman '20

Hometown: Fountain Valley, California

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? When my parents escaped from the Vietnam war and came to the United States, they always reminded me to never forgot our roots. Growing up, my mom wanted me to recognize my own blessing to be born in America and all of its great opportunities. So every few years she would take me back to her home country. Every time I would visit Vietnam, my mom would go out of her way and bring me to most impoverished regions to just give back the community, whether it was food, toiletries, small amount money etc. These experiences shaped me as an individual who would want to continuously give back to the community. I decided to pursue dentistry, so later one day I can provide free dental care to these very individuals.

Hobbies: I love to draw, paint, and sculpt on my spare time. I’m also a huge foodie and love to cook when I can get the chance! Oh, and can’t forget about traveling!

Favorite place to eat in SLC: So far Takashi. Probably one of the best sushi restaurants in SLC.

What is our favorite ASDA event? All the ASDA events have been amazing so far, but I’m definitely looking forward to the Talent Show to see all the unique talents that exist at our school.

Where can you find me outside of school? You will most likely find me at home either napping or cooking.

Interesting fact about me: I have a massive Tsum Tsum collection (300+) and am obsessed with matcha green tea or any tea for that matter.

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Hopefully, I’ll be back in Southern California owning my own private practice and have an amazing beautiful family. At the same time, I hope I have achieved one of my biggest goals in life which is to run my own dental mission trips to Vietnam annually.

Favorite dental procedure: Hard to say, since I haven’t had the opportunity to be in clinic yet. But so far I've enjoyed composite restorations esp. on the anterior teeth since these are the ones that can be visibly seen in a person’s smile!

*Favorite artist: Claude Monet! Love his impressionistic pieces.