I attribute my decision to become a dentist to my profound desire to serve my community, especially the poor and less fortunate among us, the undeserved. Raised by a very loving family dedicated to both scientific advancement and community service, I am compassionate and have always excelled at science, especially everything having to do with Biology. Since adolescence or even before, I have been dedicated to the goal of becoming a healthcare professional. By the time I was in high school, I felt called to a career in dentistry.
I have been an artist since childhood, especially an avid painter of the human face, the proportions of which have long been etched in my mind. This helped me to develop not only a special appreciation for the sheer beauty of the smile, but also helped me to greatly develop my manual dexterity and ability to work in small spaces devoted to intricate detail; this reinforced my conviction that dentistry was my life vocation, my professional destiny.
In dental school, I acquired a comprehensive understanding of the basics of the clinical sciences and came to especially enjoy clinical work, particularly the precision and clinical acumen that is so important to excellence in dentistry. I took part in screening camps for the underserved and was very active in oral health education programs.
I felt especially privileged to have the opportunity to complete my internship in one of the most neglected rural areas of India where the people were in most desperate need of my help and this experience will always be with me, helping to define and give force to my intense desire to devote myself to the oral health care of India’s millions of undeserved. The area in which I did my internship has one of the highest incidences of submucous fibrosis cases in the country, as a result of the very high rates of betel quid consumption and the use of other tobacco-related products. This helped to spur my activism as a fighter against tobacco and betel quid consumption.
After graduation I began serving as an assistant dentist in a well established practice, fully devoting myself to patient assessment and management in addition to assisting in surgery and continuing to learn as much as possible, staying current with advances in dentistry by attending numerous conferences. After 3 years of additional experience, I started my own practice working with patients of all age groups and from vastly different social and economic backgrounds, providing free services to those unable to afford care as much as my finances would allow, particularly free dentures to the residents of a home for senior citizens, IDA Nedumbassery, where I also served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. This profound experience deepened my special appreciation for issues in geriatric dental care.
In addition to staying active as an artist, particularly with my oil paintings, and helping to raise funds for deserving artists in my community, I have also enjoyed modeling and this has enhanced my sensitivity and appreciation for beauty. In 2011, I was awarded the much coveted title of Mrs. India which changed my destiny by making me famous, even more so than had been the case previously as a model with my face selling a broad variety of products in India. Since becoming a celebrity dentist, my sense of responsibility has deepened, as a role model for Indian oral health care professionals of tomorrow, especially women.
Since I was a dental student in India, I have wanted to continue my studies in dentistry in the USA and learn from the masters on the global cutting-edge of our profession. I see technological advancement in dentistry in the USA as unparalleled and especially appreciate America’s leadership role with respect to research. I also became a devoted mother while still quite young; now, my little girl is grown and mature. This makes me all the more hungry to return to school and earn the DDS Degree in America so that I can give my all to dentistry as never before, now that I am finally in a position to do so financially and no longer have family responsibilities. Further training in the US will bring me up to date with state-of-the-art dentistry and enhance my capacity to contribute to research in dentistry, particularly as concerns the underserved in India. The prestige of the DDS Degree will also provide me with greater ability to effect change in oral health policies in India that will improve our ability to care for the oral health of our masses of underserved.
I continue to work at screening camps for the underprivileged sponsored by religious organizations. This year, 2017, I will be finishing my Diploma in Medical Cosmetology and I am highly motivated to put what I am learning to work helping residents of the IDA Nedumbassery nursing home where I continue to provide dentures to help our older citizens not only chew their food but also take pride in their appearance. Earning the DDS in America will enable me to greatly enhance my contribution to oral health care for the elderly who are unable to afford oral health care.
I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished DDS Program.