Position: Associate Dentist
Location: Baltimore, MD
Number of years working for Kool Smiles: 6 years
What inspired you to pursue a career in the dental field?
I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in health care. Growing up I used to listen to my mother talk about her patients and her work as a nurse, then later as a pharmacist. During my junior year in undergrad I started researching many healthcare fields. In doing so I volunteered at the Columbus Public Health on Fridays where free medical and dental treatments were provided to refugee families seeking asylum. That is when I worked closely and observed a pediatric dentist and was inspired by the work she did and how effectively she was treating young patients.
What made you decide to join Kool Smiles?
Kool Smiles combines the two main aspects I was looking for when I was searching for job opportunities: providing care to underserved communities and geared towards pediatric patients.
What do you love most about working at Kool Smiles?
Providing care to children.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far in your career?
Communication and compassion with patients, patients’ parents, and colleagues is key.
Describe your experience as a dentist in one word?
Why did you decide to apply for this mission trip?
I have always wanted to teach the importance of oral health care and provide treatment in remote/rural areas where dental care is often overlooked.
What sort of impact do you hope to make among the communities you will be serving?
I hope to leave a lasting impact about the importance of oral health. I hope by educating the community that they will make oral hygiene part of their daily routine and oral health a part of their overall wellbeing.
How do you think this trip will impact your career as a dental professional going forward?
I believe the experiences on this trip will enable me to be more compassionate and more empathetic towards patients and patients’ families of different background and culture.