I graduated last year from the advanced standing program at Boston University’s Henry and Goldman School of Dentistry, earning my DMD Degree and currently working as a general dentist. Before I came to the US from India, I practiced dentistry after graduating from the Y.M.T Dental College and Hospital. I am most pleased to have finished dental school and to have practiced dentistry in both of the countries that I now call home. Now, I feel it is the right time to devote myself fully to my chosen specialty: Orthodontics. I hope to earn a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics and focus both my practice and research in this area for decades to come.
Since I earned my doctorate at BU in 2018, I have been working at Academy Dental in New Jersey. My principal professional interests include craniofacial biomechanics, long-term post-treatment stability, and Invisalign. I diagnose and formulate treatment plans for patients, perform prophylaxis as well as scaling and root planning, extractions, root canal treatments, complete and partial dentures, crown and bridge work, impressions, patient consultations, and composite and amalgam restorations.
While still a student serving in the GSDM clinic at BU, I diagnosed and formulated treatment plans for patients, performed prophylaxis as well as scaling and root planning, took radiographs, pulp capping and root canal therapies. I designed and fitted prosthodontic appliances including bridges, crowns, and complete and partial dentures. I also managed medical emergencies and worked in preventive oral health initiatives. Selected as one of two students for a two-week externship in Orthodontics at the GSDM clinic, I was able to observe cases with cephalometric analysis and collaborate in the formulation of a treatment plan focusing on the biomechanics of orthodontic movement.
Volunteer work in dentistry has always been close to my heart and I want to continue to give of myself freely in my free time as an Orthodontics professional, just as I have in general dentistry. Especially while still in India, I found my major recipe for great health and happiness, that most fundamental sense of wellbeing, as a volunteer in oral health campaigns, especially as a dental student. Nothing brings me as much joy as providing services to those who would not otherwise have access.
I read a lot about creative ideas for making orthodontic treatment more widely available, especially for the children of underserved families. I very much admire the pioneering work of Dr. XXXX, known as Dino, an outstanding Brazilian Orthodontist, a clinician and professor of Orthodontics from Brazil, he has become a worldwide leader in the quest to make Orthodontics treatments more widely available. Brazil has contributed immensely to the development of techniques and concepts that are put to successful use in the treatment of cleft patients, and has one of the world’s finest centers for the treatment of cleft patients. In one Brazilian center, Centrinho, in São Paulo State, a team of researchers in the 1970s sought and discovered important orthodontic solutions for people who sought them out for assistance with serious aesthetic and functional facial impairments.
My central professional dream is to think and act professionally as an Orthodontist who is knowledgeable about global dentistry, the progress being made in other parts of the world, and the opportunities that exist across the globe for progress to made in Orthodontics, especially in the Developing World and particularly in terms of developing broader access and availability to orthodontic treatments.
My choice of Orthodontics as the area of Dentistry in which I find my central professional calling is grounded in the fact that I have been dedicated to the arts my entire life, especially painting and dancing. I won many prizes in India in drawing competitions and the aesthetic aspects of dentistry are fundamental to my sense of professional identity and aspirations.
I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished Orthodontics Program.