To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Ailan Tran and I am writing this letter of recommendation on behalf of Thao Huynh for acceptance to dental school. I am a dentist originally from Vietnam where I went to dental school with Thao’s mother at the Ho Chi Minh School of Dentistry. We have remained close ever since that time, particularly because we both immigrated to the USA where we both now practice dentistry. It has been a privilege to watch Thao mature into adulthood as a very good student most dedicated to her studies, with enormous potential for contributing to her chosen career. I am delighted to see that Thao has chosen dentistry as her profession, following in the footsteps of her mother, and I am convinced that she will not only excel but distinguish herself in the future as a very hard-working dentist with enormous compassion for her patients and dedicated to the advancement of her profession.
Not long after finishing dental school in Vietnam, both myself and Thao’s mother immigrated to the USA where we both earned our DDS Degree and now practice dentistry. I earned my degree at Loma Linda University and established my own practice in San Diego, California several years ago. I feel that I have a very solid footing for giving Thao the finest recommendation that I can because she shadowed me in my dental practice for 125 hours, from December 2018 through July 2019 for 5 hours on each Saturday - 10am to 3pm. It was immediately obvious to me by the end of the first hour that Thao assisted me in my clinic, that her mother is a dentist; uncanny, almost as if it were in her blood, how rapidly she picked up everything around her.
Every Saturday for 8 months, I benefited greatly from Thao’s support in my clinic, thoroughly amazed at her performance, the rapidity at which she grasped the day-to-day functions of a dental clinic, even mastering some of them by the time she left. I have never seen anyone learn so fast as a result of her focus, drive, dedication, and innate abilities. Most of all, I think, it is her great passion for dentistry, which she sees as her calling, her inheritance, and the continuation of a wonderful family tradition passed down from mother to daughter in this great country, land of opportunity for so many. The three of us all day dream about returning to Vietnam at some point in the future to contribute to the advancement of dentistry for the underserved in our land of origin. I thank you for considering Thao’s application. Her progress is a profound honor for all of us and I would be most pleased to be able to provide you with any further information.