Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)
What degree are you working toward?
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
My husband and I are from Northeast Ohio, and I applied to dental schools throughout the Midwest. I initially had my heart set on attending one of the two dental schools in Ohio, but once I visited the IU School of Dentistry (IUSD) I knew this was where I wanted to pursue my degree. The administration was extremely helpful, the preclinical facilities were impressive, and there were endless extracurricular opportunities. I couldn’t be happier with my decision!
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
My favorite academic accomplishment during my time at IUSD is successfully passing all components of the national and regional board licensing examinations. These series of examinations are one of the most stressful aspects of dental school, but I feel IUSD prepared me well both from clinical and academic standpoints.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
Indianapolis has been a great city to call home for the past four years. Coming from a small town, I appreciate the small town feel Indianapolis has. Indy also has a wide range of activities and events, so there is something for everyone, regardless of what interests you have!
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
One of the most rewarding opportunities I have had during my time at IUSD is my four-year involvement with the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic (IUSOC). This student run multidisciplinary organization focuses its efforts on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside underserved community.
Through the hard work of volunteers from the schools of dentistry, medicine, law, social work, nursing, physical therapy and others, patients are able to receive free comprehensive services. Serving in leadership roles, and this past year as Chair of the dental clinic, I have had the privilege of working in an interprofessional environment, collaborating with students from varying disciplines, while continuing to improve the oral and overall care for the Near Eastside. In addition to the SOC and other local service commitments, my passion for public health dentistry has driven my involvement with IUSD international service teams to Kenya, Haiti, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
IUSD also has many research opportunities, and I have been a recipient of the Student Research Fellowship for the past three years. I am currently working on my fifth research project and my focus is potential scaffolding for regenerative endodontic procedures.