#RUASDA Spotlight: Daniel Inouye

Daniel Inouye

Roseman '20

Hometown: Torrance, California

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? In elementary school I wanted to become an artist when I grew up. Both my parents are pharmacists so as I progressed through school, pursuing a career in the medical field seemed like the smarter choice. My junior year in high school I had no idea what I wanted to pursue and my family was going through some very difficult times. But during those hardships I was introduced to an amazing dentist who was looking after a family member in the hospital. Our families became close and I started working at her dental office in the summers. As I became more familiar with the dental practice, I realized how much my background in art could apply to dentistry. From then on, I was set on becoming a dentist and I haven't looked back since. 

Hobbies: I love playing sports and being outdoors, but at the same time I am just as happy staying inside playing xbox, jamming to music or EATING. I also love traveling and documenting my trips through photography and videos. 

Favorite place to eat in SLC: The 'Pot of Gold' at Penny Ann Cafe 

Where can you find me outside of school? Lifetime Fitness, or my couch 

Interesting fact about me: I’ve had two severe cases of high altitude pulmonary edema when I was younger, so it took me a really long time to get acclimated to living in Utah. 

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Ideally I'll be practicing dentistry in the Southern California and not living at my parents’ house. 

Favorite dental procedure: Crown preps are super satisfying 

What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab? Depending on my mood, anywhere from old school funk to reggae to country. But most of the time Cherish's pandora station is on point. 

Favorite TV series: WESTWORLD!