RUASDA Spotlight

#RUASDA Spotlight: James Richey

 James Richey  Roseman '20

James Richey
Roseman '20

Hometown: Porterville, CA

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I grew up in my fathers general dental practice. Because of where we live he does a little bit of everything procedurally. My first association with the practice was pure boredom. Over time I came to love working there as I got more involved in the various procedures. One day specifically set my mind on becoming a dentist. A patient came into the office in severe pain and she had not been able to sleep in 48 hours. She was almost 2 hours early for her appointment, but my father took a break from what he was doing and numbed her slightly to help alleviate the pain temporarily. About 5-10 minutes later I found her fast asleep in the waiting room. I really want to help those who cannot help themselves and dentistry was my way of accomplishing that goal. The example of my father has been a huge influence in my life.

Hobbies: Ballroom Dancing, Archery, Reading, Building Metal Models, Cooking

What is our favorite ASDA event? Porcelain Ball. I love to dance a whole lot. I wish there were more opportunities to do so.

Where can you find me outside of school? Most likely at home playing with my mini Aussie puppy and new baby boy.

Interesting fact about me: I taught ballroom dance and archery classes for several semesters during my undergrad. I loved every minute of it.

What do you see yourself doing in five years? If all goes according to plan I will probably still be in school doing an oral surgery residency.

Favorite dental procedure: As an assistant my favorite procedure growing up was endo. Here at school I love anything and everything oral surgery.

Interesting fact about me: I took a basic EMT course my last semester of undergrad and was able to work on shift in the local hospital. I saw some crazy cases and have cleaned out some bloody wounds (mostly varying degrees of road rash).

Why did I come to Roseman? Roseman was the best fit with my style of learning. Every dental school can put out great dentists, but I felt that by being here I would be the best dentist I could be and reach my goals of serving those around me. The Roseman model does its best to bring out the best of us. It has its flaws and drawbacks, but if you respect what is trying to be accomplished there is no limit to the level of mastery I can accomplish.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Zachary Diamond

  Zachary Diamond  Roseman '20

Zachary Diamond
Roseman '20

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist: I feel like this is the number one question dental students get asked, and I feel like my answer has evolved since I began dental school. Initially I knew I wanted to do something involved with health care. I have an uncle who is a dentist and I look up to him a lot. Through his mentoring I decide I wanted to be a dentist mainly based on the strong interactions I can have with my patients and the flexibility of the job when it comes to having a family and providing for them. Of course I wanted to change peoples' lives and discovered how much a healthy smile can change their lives, but since I've began dental school I've been really attracted to the artistic aspect of dentistry as well as the problem solving aspect. I like how no case is the same and you have to think on you feet, presenting different treatment options to patients and figuring out which one is the best option. I love projects and each appointment is a project to me. I love pushing myself to improve the esthetics and overall quality of my work. 

Hobbies: I love to read! I also know how binge watch a tv show on Netflix pretty well. I grew up playing a lot of sports so I love playing sports. Also, since I grew up in Utah I have skied since the age of 3 so I love to ski!

Favorite place to eat in SLC: It is always changing, and really changes depending on what food I'm feeling but one of my favorite restaurants right now is Red Butte Cafe up in Foothill.

What is your favorite ASDA event: I really like the cuspid cup. I love competition and competition among classes makes it even more fun

Where can you find me outside of school: Well in the winter you can find me on the ski slope (especially when you get over a 6 week winter break), or walking my dog. I have a German Wirehaired Pointer and he never stops, so we are always out and about

Interesting fact about me: In my undergraduate program I was a member of a folk dance team. What is folk dance? Well it's pretty much doing popular traditional dances from countries all over the world. Because I was involved with this I took up tap dancing and was able to perform for large audiences in 11 different European countries. So I love to dance

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years: Well I want to be practicing dentistry by then. Initially I wanted to do and Oral Surgery residency but I'm starting to shy away from that and thinking of doing a GPR and then joining a practice somewhere. In five years hopefully I'll have started a family and paid back some of my CRAZY student debt.

Favorite dental procedure: I have done a lot outside of restorations and crowns, but we recently completed our RPD section taught by Dr, Ashman. You can tell he is passionate about what he does and although planning an RPD can be a little overwhelming and stressful and found that creating and RPD is like doing a puzzle. You have to make you mind work in a way that most dental procedure don't make it work, and I loved that about that project. However, I'm also a fan of extractions. No matter how crazy they are I love watching them!

What Pandora station do you listen to while studying: Well Spotify is more of my jam, but if I'm studying I love to listen to classical music. Just listening to that stuff pushes me to be more creative, and stimulates my mind. I envy the great classical artists and the pure musical geniuses that they were.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Kyron Larsen

  Kyron Larsen  Roseman '21

Kyron Larsen
Roseman '21

Hometown:  Aurora, UT

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist?  I have always looked up to my dentist for always being genuinely nice.  As I entered college, I had the opportunity to job shadow a general dentist.  He had me sit with an elderly lady and help her to make sure she could dentures in and out.  As she saw herself with the new dentures and was able to take them in and out, I will never forget the smile she gave and how happy she was!  I was able to do various missions trips and to see the smile and gratitude that people had after they received dental care from dentists, who for some never received dental care before, was so rewarding!

Hobbies:  Mountain biking, hiking, eating, Spikeball, games.

Favorite place to eat in SLC:  Does Leatherby's ice cream count?!

Where can you find me outside of school?  With friends on a hike, playing games, or eating!  Maybe even a Tinder or Bumble date if I'm lucky! ;)

Interesting fact about me:  I was a "gold digger" before dental school.  I worked in a gold mine as a safety specialist, testing for arsenic!

What do you see yourself doing in five years?  It could go many ways at this point, depending on if I get a military scholarship.  Either way, I'll be making people smile!

Favorite dental procedure:  I wish I could say, but any opportunity I get to be in the sim clinic to practice is pretty awesome!

What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab?  I listen to whatever is playing.  I listen to almost all genres of music from jazz to hip-hop.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Mikkell Minnoch

  Mikkell Minnoch  Roseman '21

Mikkell Minnoch
Roseman '21

Hometown:  West Haven, UT

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist?  No one memory stands out to me of why I decided to become a dentist.  All I know is I was drawn to this profession from as far back as when I included it on my "About Me" poster in kindergarten. 

Hobbies:  I like playing sports, traveling, hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, and napping.

Favorite Food:  Seafood, especially crab legs.

Where can you find me outside of school?  I like to spend time with my family and dog.

Favorite ASDA event:  I don't know of many yet, but the Cuspid Cup sounds like it will be fun.

What is your favorite Pandora station?  Brad Paisley or 2000's R&B.

Favorite TV Shows:  This is Us, Younger, Being Mary Jane, and How to Get Away with Murder.

What do you see yourself doing in five years?  I see myself practicing as a general dentist and buying ALL the dogs.

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Since I'm a D1, I haven't performed any procedures yet but I enjoy watching extractions.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Lauren Simón

  Lauren Simón  Roseman '20

Lauren Simón
Roseman '20

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist?  My mother is a pediatric dentist and I had worked in her office since I was in high school, so of course, I initially wanted to do anything but dentistry.  I became interested in college when I started making connections between my science courses and what I was observing in the office.  I began flipping through my mother's old textbooks whenever I had free time, and that was when I accepted that I am turning into my mother.

Hobbies:  Napping, baking/cooking, binge-watching TV shows, repeating myself a million times when my 7yo doesn't do something the first hundred times I ask.

Favorite places to eat in SLC:  Pallet, Stoneground, Hub & Spoke, to name a few.

What is your favorite ASDA event?  Porcelain Ball.  RIP Nadine's foot.

Where can you find me outside of school?  Outside of school, I volunteer at my daughter's school (it's mandatory, so is it really considered volunteering?).  We also go back home pretty frequently, so also at the airport/on an airplane.  I've had the honor of taking the same flight there and/or back with Dr. Licari a few times now!

Interesting fact about me:  I'm very boring, but I grew up figure skating competitively.  Even landed some triple jumps.  I was okay.  I also coached a few years before coming to Roseman, and was a "hockey cheerleader" for an AHL team.

What do you see yourself doing in five years?  Back in Chicago, working as an associate or partner in a practice!

What Pandora station do you listen to while drilling and filling in sim lab?  Usually, Classic Rock.  During test week when I'm feeling anxious, I'll listen to Classical.

What's your favorite thing about Roseman?  I think for a dental school, our atmosphere is way more laid back than other dental schools.  We do get anxious and stressed at times of course, but I think overall, we are probably way less anxious than we would be at a more traditional dental school.  I feel lucky to be here and it's nice that we have those 3 day weekends after an exam to spend time focusing on family and enjoying Utah.  Also, I think the Class of 2020 is the best class ;)

#RUASDA Spotlight: Patrice Surdi

  Patrice Surdi  Roseman '21

Patrice Surdi
Roseman '21

Hometown:  Lake Stevens, WA

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist?  When I was little, I was incredibly embarrassed by my overcrowded and consequently crooked smile. At about age 15, I began orthodontic treatment, and with my transformed smile also came a boost of confidence. I knew from then on that I wanted to pursue dentistry so that I too could help restore people’s health and confidence.

Hobbies:  Hiking, travel, concerts, coffee shops

Favorite place to eat in SLC:  I’ve only tried a few places, but I’ve found myself pretty obsessed with Even Stevens. Delicious sandwiches with a good cause AND free coffee for students, what’s not to love?!

What is your favorite ASDA event?  Being a D1, I haven’t attended many events yet. But, I really enjoyed volunteering at the “Back to School Brush Up.”  It felt great to be able to help hundreds of kids with their oral health! I’m really looking forward to the National Leadership Conference in Chicago this year as well as my first Porcelain Ball!

Where can you find me outside of school?  Most likely watching Netflix, singing in my car, at a coffee shop, or spending time outside of class with my lifelong colleagues!

Interesting fact about me:  I have a fraternal twin sister! I also was in band and played the flute from fifth grade all the way through high school.

What do you see yourself doing in five years?  I’m keeping my options pretty open right now, but I could see myself practicing as a general dentist back home in Washington or another cool city!

What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab?  Really depends on what kind of mood I’m in. Probably Ed Sheeran, 90’s throwbacks, Disney, or Galantis.

What is one of your favorite inspirational quotes?  “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” -- Confucius   

#RUASDA Spotlight: Joell Chen

  Joell Chen  Roseman '21

Joell Chen
Roseman '21

Hometown: Austin, TX

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist?  During college, I was heavily involved in biomedical engineering research and loved the creative aspect of manually creating a product that would change lives for the better. I also earned a business minor and found dentistry to be the perfect field in which I could combine my hands-on science background with interest in the business of healthcare! For me, the most rewarding aspect of dentistry is the chance to walk alongside and directly improve patients’ health and confidence.

Hobbies:  Exploring art museums, traveling, running outdoors, hiking, reading, trying different foods, and discovering new music.

Interesting fact about me:  I grew up in Thailand, the Philippines, and Taiwan. We moved around every couple of years, which taught me to be flexible and open-minded from a young age.

What is your favorite ASDA event?  I am looking forward to attending the National Leadership Conference in November, meeting students across the country, and learning about our organizational impact on a national scale.

Favorite dental procedure?  Pulling primary teeth using strings tied to doorknobs...  Just kidding! As D1 students, we are only beginning our training and exposure to procedures in sim clinic. However, I think gum grafts and other regenerative therapies are incredible! The body’s healing capabilities are amazing and I can’t wait to learn more about them in the future.

What music do you have on while drilling and filling in sim clinic?  Fleetwood Mac

Where can you find me outside of school?  Probably out hiking with friends or reading at a coffee shop and daydreaming about my future dogs.

What do you see yourself doing in five years?  In five years, I see myself starting off in group practice and volunteering with local clinics, or pursuing further training in periodontics.

What is a life goal you have outside of career aspirations in dentistry?   One of my dreams is to design and build my own home.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Mikhail Babayan

  Mikhail Babayan  Roseman '20

Mikhail Babayan
Roseman '20

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I was shadowing a general dentist as a college student when one day a young boy walked into the office and burst into tears. He was having a hard time explaining what was bothering him, but did manage to say that he was being bullied for his smile. He held my hand throughout his treatment session, and once finished I saw the tears fade as he smiled. At that moment, I reflected on my own experiences maintaining oral health and the hardships I myself had to endure growing up. That young boy was my inspiration, and since then I knew I could make a difference in other people’s lives through dentistry!

Interesting fact about me: I’ve been an amateur impressionist since I was a teenager. Most of my classmates know me for the voice of “Billy”, but I can also mimic voices of several celebrities and cartoon characters. Rocky Balboa, Bugs Bunny, Elvis, Batman, and Yoda, just to name a few. I usually am shy about it and only voice myself when I’m working with kids. Feel free to ask me about it, I’ll gladly put on a show, might just leave a great ‘impression’! 

Favorite dental procedure: Class I-VI composite restorations! These procedures taught me that dentistry is far beyond what most people think as “drill and fill” work. Instead, I find it more of an opportunity to combine my conceptual knowledge, imagination, perspective, and manual dexterity skills to provide preventative and restorative care to patients. I also find it extremely exciting to manipulate composite, because so many factors are involved that no two cases are ever exactly the same!

Where can you find me outside of school: I’m usually out fishing, hiking, go-karting, or restaurant hopping.

Favorite place to eat in SLC: If I’d say I have a favorite spot, I’d be lying, but Penny Anne’s Café, Rodizio Grill, and Stoneground Kitchen are definitely at the top of the list!

What do you see yourself doing in five years? I see myself either being part of a cosmetic group in New York City and spending my free time traveling the world as a volunteer dentist providing global dental relief, or partaking in one of the several OMFS programs across the country.

What is your favorite ASDA event? Cuspid Cup!

#RUASDA Spotlight: Erica Dunn

  Erica Dunn  Roseman '19

Erica Dunn
Roseman '19

Hometown: Lake Havasu City, AZ

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I've always been interested in Health Sciences. In high school, I shadowed different Health Professionals and enjoyed the time I spent shadowing my dentist. The first day, she performed a routine extraction. I was intrigued by the many facets of dentistry and the thought of owning my own practice.

Hobbies: Hiking, biking, camping, reading.

Favorite place to eat in SLC: I prefer eating at home, but for brunch + lemonade - Finn's Cafe.

Where can you find me outside of school? Lately, riding (and crashing) my mountain bike.

Interesting fact about me: Interesting, maybe not, but I have some fun party tricks - I can cross one eye, touch my tongue to my nose and wiggle my ears.

What do you see yourself doing in five yearsOwning and running a successful dental practice in Arizona with my husband and maaayybeee some babieeees (in addition to our fur babies).

What Pandora station do you listen to while studying? Can't say I've been studying much lately, but my music interests are broad. Jazz, country, alternative, indie, rock, I dig it (almost) all. 

Favorite dental procedure? Routine extractions! 

Favorite motivational quote: "We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret." -John Rohn 

#RUASDA Spotlight: Hana Lim

  Hana Lim  Roseman '19

Hana Lim
Roseman '19

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? The ever-growing and advancing field of dentistry is absolutely fascinating and discovering its importance sparked my passions in pursuing a career in oral health. 

Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, and playing Settlers of Catan

Favorite place to eat in SLC: Cafe Niche 

What is your favorite ASDA event? Porcelain Ball

Where can you find me outside of school? Checking out Utah's food scene (ASDA Foodie Club, anyone??) 

Interesting fact about me:  I absolutely LOVE traveling! Been to 5 out of the 7 continents and am hoping to check off Africa and Antarctica in the next few years...

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Hopefully entering my 3rd year of OMFS residency 

Favorite dental procedure: There's something oddly satisfying about extracting a tooth in one clean piece

What Pandora station do you listen to while you are studying?:Yellow Claw radio 

Favorite book(s): Harry Potter (all 7 of them!)

#RUASDA Spotlight: Siri Sarva

  Siri Sarva  Roseman '19

Siri Sarva
Roseman '19

Name: Siri Sarva

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

What made me decide to be a dentist: I was actually extremely scared of the dentist as a child, and I actually ran away from my dentists office the day I had to get my first cavity filled! I bolted out of the chair and out the door, made it all the way to the freeway entrance of the 10 before my mom caught up to me in the car. My tooth was in so much pain, but I refused to cooperate and get it filled. Finally though, my dentist did fill that tooth and several others he was concerned about while I was fully sedated in the hospital.  The relief I felt afterwards was drastic, and it made me realize how important is is to take care of my teeth. Growing up, I realized that I really wanted to work with kids and help them gain a positive attitude about oral health so even if they are scared like I was, they can slowly learn to overcome that. 

Hobbies: Climbing, Skiing, Kicking around a hacky sac, watching my favorite teams play: USC, LA Dodgers, Lakers, and the 49ers

Favorite Place to eat in SLC: Chile-Tepin

Where can you find me outside of school: Probably at Momentum, hanging out in the canyons looking at rocks, at Liberty Park, at a coffee shop, or at an EDM concert (I love it when the base drops)

What do I see myself doing in 5 years? Hopefully somewhere close to finishing up my pediatric residency. My dream is to work with kids because of how much of a positive impact my dentist was able to make on my fears of taking care of my teeth as a kid.  

Favorite dental procedure: I really love all composite restorations, but my favorites would be Class 2's and Class 4's, 

What pandora station do you listen to when you have patients: I like to pick between Thomas Jack, Kygo, Bonobo, Flume, Above and Beyond, or Deadmau5. Really anything thats mellow with some base that keeps me amped and right on my toes. 

Favorite TV shows: South Park, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld Re-runs, Arrested Development

#RUASDA Spotlight: Edmund Gubler Jr.

  Edmund Gubler Jr.  Roseman '20

Edmund Gubler Jr.
Roseman '20

Hometown: Visalia, CA

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? One morning I went to my freshman math teacher for help with arc sines, and after showing me how to do it, she asked me what I wanted to do in life. I told her that I was thinking about landscaping or medicine, and she told me that I should be a dentist instead. Over the years I came to realize that dentistry was the perfect profession for me. 

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, skiing, boating, and traveling

Favorite place to eat in SLC: Lion House (Although the Roseman Vending machine is a close second) 

What is your favorite ASDA event?: Cuspid Cup

Where can you find me outside of school?: At a BYU game or on a date (sometimes both at the same time)

Interesting fact about me: I gave Mitt Romney a spoon for his ice cream. I speak Mayan. People say I look like Ryan Gosling. 

What do you see yourself doing in five years?: I'll be working at a NHSC site

Favorite dental procedure: Apicoectomies are the coolest. I've watched several videos and saw one in person. 

What Pandora station do you listen to when you have a patient?: I listen to talk radio

#RUASDA Spotlight: Danielle Marciniak

  Danielle Marciniak  Roseman '18

Danielle Marciniak
Roseman '18

Hometown: Apopka, FL

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I always wanted to do something in the realm of medicine. I’m a very meticulous and precise person, and I like the idea of making an instant and lasting positive effect on someone. I also love arts and crafts, and dentistry is kind of the arts and crafts of medicine.

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, quilting, crocheting, cross-stitching, Bob Ross-ing, gardening, woodworking, home improvement projects, and trying new things.

What is your favorite ASDA event? The ASDA National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, IL each year. Being among so many new leaders is electrifying. The passion, ideas, and inspiration remind me that our profession will continue to be in good hands far into the future. It’s also a wonderful time to see my friends from around the country.

Where can you find me outside of school? I’m usually traveling for ASDA almost every other weekend, so it’s hard to find me! When I’m home, I like to spend time with my husband and Snowbelle, my chihuahua.

Interesting fact about me: Before dentistry, I planned to work in genetic engineering of food crops.

Favorite dental procedure: Class IV composite restorations. It’s basically reconstructive surgery for teeth. Color match, lots of beveling, and layering dentin and enamel shades. I feel like a sculptor, and the results are always dramatic. It’s something your patients will see every day, so everything must be perfect!

Favorite place to eat in SLC: My dining room! Even with the responsibilities of dental school and ASDA, I cook dinner for me and my husband just about every night. I always love having dinner parties with my lifelong colleagues, too!

What do you see yourself doing in five years? In five years, I hope to be practicing as a general dentist in Orlando, FL and volunteering for free clinics in the area. I will be involved in the Florida Dental Association and the ADA New Dentist committee. No matter where life leads, you can bet I will continue dedicating my life to advocating for our profession and the underserved.

What would you tell someone who thinks they don’t have time to be involved in organized dentistry? You do have time! I think the definition of “involved” can be misleading. You don’t have to give up your nights and weekends (and clinic days!) to meet with leaders of our national associations or the federal government to be considered “involved.” All you have to do is stay informed. You can do that simply by being an ASDA and ADA member, reading ASDA and ADA publications, and telling your local leaders what is important to you. Sticking together is involvement in itself.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Daniel Inouye

  Daniel Inouye  Roseman '20

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!

#RUASDA Spotlight: Carol Chavez

  Carol Chavez  Roseman '20

Carol Chavez
Roseman '20

Hometown: Santa Clarita, California

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? Growing up, I saw the effects of poor oral health and was motivated treat and educate my community on good dental health by becoming a dentist. I took an ROP course in Dental Assisting during high school and just fell in love with Dentistry. I enjoyed connecting with different people and helping them with their health, confidence and well-being.

Hobbies: Cooking, Painting, Shopping and Floristry

Favorite place to eat in SLC: Chile-Tepin in SLC is great Mexican food! You need to try their molcajete it is life changing.

What is our favorite ASDA event? That is a hard one there are so many. If I had to choose it would be the Porcelain Ball, it was great to see everyone dressed up, dancing and having a good time.

Where can you find me outside of school? Usually at home if not T.J. Maxx, Michaels, or Sprouts.

Interesting fact about me: I had the honor of participating in a Hopi cleansing ritual inside a Temescal (sweat lodge) .

Favorite dental procedure: We have not been exposed to root canals in sim lab but I enjoyed watching them be done. I think that the procedure is very delicate and elegant.

What Pandora station do you listen to? Today’s Hits

Favorite show? Married to Medicine

#RUASDA Spotlight: Ashleigh Dearing

  Ashleigh Dearing  Roseman '20

Ashleigh Dearing
Roseman '20

Hometown: Fruita, Colorado

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist: I saw a woman who hadn't smiled in 20 years due to her decayed and missing teeth. She received a partial denture the day I was shadowing, and her reaction when she looked at herself smiling in the mirror was what made me realize I wanted to be a dentist.

Hobbies: Running, Camping, Reading, Rugby, eating good food, and relaxing at home with my husband Steve and our dog Murphy.

Favorite Place to Eat in SLC: Bombay House!!

Interesting Fact About Me: I once won State in gymanastics on the beam. Beam was my least favorite event!

Favorite Dental Procedure: I think implants are amazing! You basically get a new tooth, and I can't wait to perform one.

What do you see yourself doing in five years: Hopefully working in a practice with my sister-in-law, along with having beautiful kids who are perfectly behaved and never have to be potty trained because they are that awesome (that happens right?).

Where can you find me outside of school? Usually just hanging out with my husband and my dog, or up in the mountains somewhere being a wild women.

What Pandora station do you listen to in sim clinic: I would listen to the Interstellar movie soundtrack. It makes you feel like you are doing something epic.

Favorite ASDA event: Earth Day Planting event!! I love planting things, so that was really fun.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Jacqueline Paquette

  Jacqueline Paquette  Roseman '18

Jacqueline Paquette
Roseman '18

Hometown: Tustin, CA 

What made you decide to be a dentist? My dad is a general dentist and all through high school and college I worked in his office during the summers. I love the small town feel that a dentist office has: seeing the same patient community every few months and catching up with their lives and families. Over time I started to see how being a dentist could be a fulfilling and exciting career. 

Hobbies: I love anything outdoors, like skiing, boating, surfing, and hiking. I will go anywhere once and like to travel to new cities and national parks. 

Favorite place to eat in SLC: I really like Proper Burger and Brewing Company. They have trivia on Tuesdays and great burgers!

Interesting fact about me: In the year between college and dental school I worked as a ski instructor in Lake Tahoe, CA. I skiied over 50 days that year.. it also really taught me patience with little kids! 

Favorite dental procedure:I like extractions because oral surgery is always very quiet and zen. It seems counter intuitive but it's true! 

What Pandora station do you listen to with patients: Tom Petty radio is usually a safe bet that most people will like! I would listen to country more if my classmates didn't hate it so much...

Where you can find me outside of school:There's a good chance I'm at the airport, I love to travel or visit back home in CA. 

Favorite ASDA event: I loved the Movie and Manicure night at Ronald McDonald House. The kids had a great time! 

#RUASDA Spotlight: Alexa McAneney

  Alexa McAneney  Roseman '20

Alexa McAneney
Roseman '20

Hometown: Cedar City, Utah

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist?  I was that strange little kid that went to my first dental appointment and thought it was the greatest thing since Disney movies.  When we got back home from the appointment, I (4 years old), put my little sister (2 years old), in the recliner, dragged the lamp over, reclined her in the chair, and started brushing her teeth so we could play “dentist.”  Even though I had a really bad cross-bite and had to have all sorts of fun appliances in my mouth from a young age, I still would tell everyone that I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up.  In high school I shadowed my dentist to see if this was a career that I was actually interested in, or if I just thought that because I grew up hearing my mom tell the story of my sister and me playing “dentist,” and found that I loved it.  I loved the concept of being able to help people in a meaningful way and I thought teeth were pretty neat.  All of these experiences aside, it was an experience I had in college that made me 100% sure that I wanted to be a dentist.  One of my roommate’s parents have a practice together in San Diego.  They hosted a day of nonprofit dentistry for a local support group for patients living with HIV/AIDS, and our dental club was invited to participate.  I was so inspired by the compassion that these two dentists had for each patient.  The patient that I will never forget was a young teenage girl.  She cried at the end of her appointment because she said it was the first time she felt like someone saw her as a human being and not just as the disease she was living with.  It made me realize that dentistry could be so much more than the actual dentistry that happens in the chair… It was “Dentistry Beyond the Chair…” (see what I did there).     

Hobbies: running, reading, playing board/card games, coloring, cooking, Pinterest crafting, “fluting” (aka… playing the flute, I just felt like I needed to keep with the “ing” endings), hiking, snowboarding, camping, etc.         

Favorite place to eat in SLC: Oasis Café! My best friend and I try a new brunch spot in SLC every Sunday, and so far, Oasis is the place to beat.  The atmosphere is fun (they roast their coffee beans in house, so it smells amazing), they give you coffee while you wait to be seated (the coffee is SO GOOD! Definitely my favorite!!!), there is a cute bookstore attached to the restaurant that you can explore while you wait to be seated, and the food is delicious!

What is your favorite ASDA event? Both the Cuspid Cup and Porcelain Ball were a lot of fun, but I also enjoyed how much I learned at the District Meeting.  

Where can you find me outside of school? I live with both my sister and my best friend who, lucky for me, each have a dog.  So, I can often be found snuggling them to get a puppy fix from my sister’s adorable Dalmatian, Owen, or my best friend’s sweet Golden Doodle, Liberty.  Owen also makes an excellent running buddy, so we can be found running together around Liberty Park.           

Interesting fact about me: I was the Coca Cola Tournament Bowling Champion when I was in middle school.  Yeah…. I was that cool.  I won a pretty sweet, old school, letterman jacket that has been hiding in a closet at my parent’s house ever since.  However, it conveniently is Roseman colors, so I might have to bring it out of hiding. 

Favorite dental procedure:I don’t have many to choose from since we have only learned a few so far, but I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed crown preps.  It was exciting to use one of my own preps to create a crown using CAD CAM!  

What Pandora station do you listen to when you have patient? Oh boy! This question gets me every time because I like so many different types of music.  The Needtobreathe and Matt Maher stations are always a win, in any situation.  Both the Maroon 5 and Gavin Degraw stations get some quality listening time, as does the Backstreet Boys station (which I probably shouldn’t admit, but they will always have a special place in my heart).  As much as I love all of those stations, some days I just really need a little Classic Rock in my life and of course during the holidays Christmas music is a must.  A new station that I am currently obsessed with and highly recommend is “Leon Bridges Radio.”  

How many times a day are you asked if your name is “Alexa” like the Amazon speaker? Millions…..  

#RUASDA Spotlight: Sarah Franklin

  Sarah Franklin  Roseman '19

Sarah Franklin
Roseman '19

Hometown: Brea, CA

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I have wanted to be a dentist for as long as I can remember (seriously, I have kindergarten art to prove it). The older I got and the more I learned, the more passionate about dentistry I became! The blend between artistry, science, and serving others suits my interests well.

Hobbies: Does Quizlet count?

Favorite place to eat in SLC: Home? #poorcollegestudent

What is your favorite ASDA event? Food & Care Coalition outreach events!

Where can you find me outside of school? In this weather? Home. Probably reading or getting too competitive over games with my roommate.  

What is your favorite book? Too hard to pick just one! My favorite fiction works are My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Closeby Jonathan Safran Foer. My favorite nonfiction works right now are Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Hopefully living somewhere warm and practicing dentistry in an underserved community! I would love to end up involved in dental education as well, but that may be more than five years down the road.

Favorite dental procedure: Anything that helps bring a patient into a state of health and increased comfort is my favorite!

What music do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab? Hamilton was my sim lab soundtrack for a big portion of last year.

#RUASDA Spotlight: Emily Orth

  Emily Orth  Roseman '19

Emily Orth
Roseman '19

Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? From childhood through most of college I actually wanted to be a physician. For over five years I worked as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at a behavioral/psychiatric hospital. During this time, I made connections with many physicians and spent a significant amount of time shadowing surgeries. However, gradually I realized dentistry was a better fit. It was a slow transition but I couldn’t be happier with my choice - dentistry is a blend of everything I love: art, science, problem solving, patient interaction, and hand skills.  

Hobbies: Skiing, sewing, cooking, and going on roadtrips with my husband.

Favorite place to eat in SLC: My house, Red Iguana, or Chick fil-A.

Where can you find me outside of school? At home with my husband and puppy.

Interesting fact about me: I played varsity golf in high school.

What do you see yourself doing in five yearsLiving and working in a rural community. More than anything I want to have a family, live somewhere in the Northwest, and own a practice that helps the underserved.

Favorite dental procedure: Replacing missing teeth with a bridge - I love crown preps, so the more the better!

What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab? Ray LaMontagne.

Favorite TV show? This is Us, it pairs perfectly with a glass of wine!