Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
Hobbies: Traveling, exploring new restaurants, going to concerts & hockey games!
Favorite place to eat in SLC: Thai Mango or Current
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I knew I wanted to be a dentist from a very young age, when I stumbled upon my dad’s oral pathology book. However, I fell in love with the profession when I began shadowing my dad (a general dentist) along with other specialty practices in the area. After considerable training, I began working in my father’s dental office at the age of 15, which solidified my desire to become a dentist. I was most amazed with how well-developed the relationships were with our patients. It is a very special feeling getting to watch a patient’s progress and even seeing multiple generations of patients coming in. One of my favorite dental experiences was volunteering at the IL Mission of Mercy with my dad. There, I had the opportunity to translate for a patient, keeping her comfortable while I assisted throughout the procedure, and at the end watching her face light up, as my dad’s dental work (an anterior composite) gave her so much confidence. Seeing her smile & feeling her appreciation was a heartwarming experience that I will never forget.
What is your favorite ASDA event? All of the ASDA events have been incredible, so far! I think I am most excited for Porcelain Ball, though! My friends and I are all looking forward to the event and the excuse to get dressed up for the evening.
Where can you find me outside of school? Studying in a coffee shop, spending time with friends, or bundled up in my apartment with my cat, Buffie.
Interesting fact about me: I am certified in Cecchetti Ballet, a series of strict ballet examinations, where students must master the technique and specific exercises of the Cecchetti (Italian) method. I am also an Illinois State Dance Team Champion.
What do you see yourself doing in five years? I see myself living in Southern Illinois, having joined my dad’s dental practice and delivering quality dental care alongside him. I also plan to continue giving back to my community through Rotary, and I would love the opportunity to do some more international travel and dental mission trips.
Favorite dental procedure: As a D1, we haven’t been in clinic yet. However, back home, where I worked as a certified dental assistant, I loved doing child prophy’s! Working with kids is a lot of fun & it always keeps you on your toes.
What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab? Jack White/ White Stripes or Elle King.