My name is Dr. XXXX XXXX DDS, and I have my general dentistry practice in XXXX, NY. I write this letter on behalf of my Dental Assistant, XXXX XXXX, who I could not recommend more highly for selection to your distinguished DDS/DMD program. I have known her for almost three years, and she has proven to be one of the most exceptional students and assistants I have ever had the privilege of mentoring and working alongside. XXXX and I greatly love and appreciate the vast cultural and linguistic diversity surrounding us in NYC. We often share for hours about opportunities to attend to the oral health concerns of the less fortunate members of our community, to which we both currently devote much of our time and energy, as much as our other responsibilities allow. The vast need in NYC for oral health outreach to the underserved highlights the importance of education, prevention, and early intervention strategies. XXXX, in particular, has been most diligent in discovering, learning, observing, and formulating I to the oral health issues central to our underserved communities over the past three years.
XXXX has a deep-seated passion for dentistry and a profound commitment to lifetime education in dentistry to make constant progress devoting much of her energy to the underserved. Throughout the summer of 2016, she entered my private practice nearly daily to shadow me even though she was still working full-time. By that Fall, XXXX had accumulated 400 hours of observation, paying meticulous attention to my clinical work and never hesitated to ask excellent questions. We would often stay late discussing complex or unusual procedures. Soon, XXXX became my full-time dental assistant. Always organized and attentive, XXXX arrives with notes in the morning concerning the research she had performed the night before related to the challenges we face today and the areas we have identified for advancement.
Naturally curious, XXXX is constantly pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone. As a Dental Assistant, XXXX makes appointments and educates patients in Polish and English, giving our clinic an international feel we appreciate. Nowadays, I hear XXXX speaking more Spanish on the phone with patients or prospective patients with limited English. Given the great need among more recent, primarily Spanish-speaking arrivals to our community, we are headed in this direction. She is also responsible for setting up the room for each patient, greeting, welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping each patient. She then performs any necessary X-rays. Assisting me with suction and visibility throughout most procedures, XXXX’s warmth, charm, and professional insight make patients invariably feel at ease. She uploaded an episode of his favorite TV show to her cellphone with one nervous patient to calm his nerves.
I never cease to be amazed at XXXX’s level of dedication and her unbridled enthusiasm to be her best and get the most out of each clinical experience. Her grasp of dentistry is advanced and expanding daily, enabling her to hit the ground running and excel in your program. XXXX plans to continue to work as a dental assistant in my office throughout her gap year, during which she also plans to become certified. I could not feel more confident that she is ready to pursue further studies in dental school, and there is no doubt that she will be highly successful. She has everything it takes to achieve greatness in her future endeavors. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide further information concerning XXXX’s application to your program.