Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in 1985, I was raised in a medical family, father a doctor and my mother helping to operate a perinatal center. I was groomed and inspired from early childhood to become a health care professional. My dad, a surgeon, will always be my greatest inspiration, a dedicated surgeon and an extraordinarily kind human being; his central joy in life was service, saving and improving lives. Dad would often receive a call in the middle of the night and he would hurry away to the hospital for an emergency operation. While I like to think that I possess a number of qualities that help to make for a top-notch dentist, I take the greatest pride in my compassion, which I attribute mostly to his example.
My parents also provided me with excellent educational opportunities that enable me to become fully fluent in French and Ukraine as well as English, in addition to my native Russian. I hope to put my advanced multilingual skills to good use in dentistry and to continue to practice on some level in all of my languages. This is what I love most about America, the sheer diversity.
By my pre-teen years I was reading widely about oral health and studying cases out of sheer curiosity, what happens with untreated, chronic sources of inflammation or infection in the oral cavity, for example, how this can lead to serious complications such as sepsis, especially if the immune system is in any way compromised. As a result, by the time I was in high school, I had my sights set on dentistry as my calling. My central focus on effective treatment of dental diseases coupled to preventative measures has paved the way nicely for my special, lifetime relationship with Endodontists and my passion for preventing infection from spreading to the bloodstream. This is especially crucial for patients with AIDS, diabetes, and cardio-vascular diseases, the types of at-risk patients that I look forward to focusing on in the future.
I consider dentistry to be an art form. Wherever I travel, I try to visit museums and art galleries, always stimulating my imagination and creativity. I grew up in very beautiful city Saint-Petersburg, where people deeply appreciate art and place a high value on its preservation. After graduating in Dentistry from the one of the oldest and most prestigious medical institution in Russia, the Pavlov First Medical University, in 2008, I completed one year of internship in a dental clinic funded by the city in the area of general dentistry, where I practiced almost all types of dental procedures, attending mostly to patients from humble backgrounds and circumstances. After completing my internship, I started working in another city dental clinic – housed in a historic mansion - where I also mentored an intern from 2009-2010 and networked with dental education programs. I continued to advance my education in Endodontics, Operative Dentistry and Oral Hygiene, while working full time as a dentist from 2008 to 2016 - until I moved to the USA. My 8 years of dental experience gives me confidence that I will excel here in America, where I have also spent two years working as a dental assistant from 2016 to 2018.
Aware of how fiercely competitive DDS/DMD programs are in the US, I find hope in the idea that my linguistic abilities will be looked upon with favor, gifts bestowed upon me by my demographic circumstances and family history. I spent every summer from the age of 1 to 15 in Western Ukraine, so, in addition to my native language of Russian, I am also a near-native speaker of Ukranian, a language spoken with increasing frequency in the USA. I studied K-12 in a French school system where I also studied English. Thus, I am fully fluent in French as well as English. I am certified as an interpreter of medical literature from French to Russian. I keenly look forward to a very multilingual practice of Dentistry. My time spent as a volunteer from 2016 through 2018 at the Allegro Dental Clinic in San Francisco was among my highest moments and this experience has left me hungry to return to the practice of dentistry here in the USA.
My heart is also in research. In dental school, I assisted a professor in the area of internal diseases, studying chronic myeloblastic leucosis in oral mucosa. Serving as a research assistant in the Hematology and a Cancer Center was a great eye-opener, the enormous challenges that we faced with patients struggling not only with pain aggravated by fatigue, but also huge problems with oral mucosa. We supervised and examined patients, recording data concerning how oral mucosa reacts to a variety of treatments. Especially as a dentist who has chosen Endodontology as my specialty, I look forward to lifelong learning in the area of Immunology and recovery from chronic sources of infection. I find myself reading a lot, for example, in the areas of immune therapy and recovery for cancer patients.
I thank you for considering my application.