Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida.
Interesting fact about me: I was a competitive Irish step dancer for 10 years (yes, like Riverdance), and also know several traditional Peruvian dances since that is where my mom is from!
Hobbies: Going to the beach, (kind of hard to do here though) making cupcakes, cooking, Florida State and Dallas Cowboys football. Since moving to Utah in August, I’ve discovered I enjoy hiking, and now I want to learn to ski and snowboard!
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? My grandfather was a radiologist and was extremely passionate about his career. Whenever you spoke to him, you could just feel how much he loved it, and that made me what to find something I was just as passionate about. He instilled in me from a young age a love of learning and a strong interest in medicine and healthcare, and always encouraged me to dream big and work hard. I became interested in dentistry specifically after learning about different careers in middle school, and decided it is what I wanted to pursue. I worked as a dental assistant for 6 years before I started dental school, which made me love the profession even more and assured me I had made the right career choice!
Favorite place to eat in SLC: I really like Copper Onion downtown, but I’m still looking for somewhere with good Peruvian food since it’s my favorite!
What is your favorite ASDA event? I had the opportunity to attend the RUASDA leadership retreat in the Fall and loved getting to spend a fun weekend in Park City bonding with my awesome lifelong colleagues!
What do you see yourself doing in five years? Hopefully I will be finishing up a residency in pediatric dentistry
Favorite dental procedure? We just started restorative work and I’m really enjoying it so far. As a dental assistant I got to do a lot of sealants on kids which was my favorite. It could be challenging sometimes, but also really cool!
Where can you find me outside school? Hanging with friends or in my apartment, napping on my couch.
What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab? Depends on my mood. If I’m feeling pumped up it’ll be one of my hip hop stations, if I want something more chill it’ll be a country station. If I’m feeling a little homesick, I go with my Pitbull or Shakira stations.
Favorite Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day!