Welcome to my e-portfolio, I graduated from Ithaca College in 2012 with a major in Health Sciences with an emphasis on Pre-Med. I have taken Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, as well as health and art classes to prepare myself for graduate school. I was an intern at a local dentist's office where I was exposed to many of the different tasks which are expected of a dentist and gained confidence by visualizing myself as a professional in the medical field one day. By shadowing skilled professionals, at Fall Creek Family Dentistry and on a mobile medical clinic in Ecuador, I have gained important knowledge and experience in dentistry, pharmacy, health promotion, and patient care.
I have known that I want to continue my education after college, take classes to challenge myself, and one day have a job in the medical field since high school. In 2006, I volunteered at Strong Memorial Hospital and was responsible for safely guiding patients, who were bedridden or wheelchair bound, to appointments and out to their families waiting to take them home. While there, I was given the opportunity to shadow John Gorczyca, M.D., an orthopedic trauma surgeon. I observed him, in the operating room, throughout the radiologic and surgical procedures and saw all the tools he used. I admired his profession but I could not see myself working in a hospital setting. As I grew and had more experiences, my desire to specialize in medicine remained strong and I realized how appealing and rewarding helping bring people back to good health would be.
The mouth is arguably the most important organ in the human body. Without a functional mouth, important activities such as eating, drinking, breathing, speaking, and expressing happiness would be much more difficult. Promoting oral health is valuable because every person can benefit from taking steps to prevent infections and diseases of the mouth. In the summer of 2008, I worked at a camp for children with varying physical and cognitive disabilities, called “Camp Haccamo: Where the Smiles Grow”. I was responsible for, among other things, making sure the campers exercised, brushed their teeth twice a day and ate healthy at mealtime. These campers had the biggest smiles and were always extremely jovial, but many of them had unhealthy habits. I worked at this camp again the following summer after it merged with another camp and relocated to the larger "Camp Sunshine" and began to serve even more children with disabilities.
As I witnessed on the M.E.D.L.I.F.E. mobile medical clinic, there are millions of people around the world who aren't getting the medical and dental care they deserve. These people may be in pain or embarrassed to smile, limiting their ability to display happiness. I plan to promote dental and health care in areas where it’s needed most so more people can bear a radiant smile because they are happy and healthy.