One of the main reasons that I came to Iowa was that I had heard dental students have early clinical exposure. After talking with friends at other dental schools, I realized that I have more patient exposure and intensive rotations in each of the nine specialty areas than the majority of students at other dental schools.
I have always been interested in Public Health and Iowa has a Dental Public Health Distinction track that allows me to learn from the country's top experts. Before starting dental school, a survey was sent out to match students with faculty mentors. I was lucky enough to be matched with Dr. Emily Lanzel. She went above and beyond in helping me adjust to dental school and she still continues to support me today.
Hometown: Wayne, Illinois