#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…..