One toothbrush and an ‘I’m-a-Dentist’ Barbie set Ms. Calvo on a path to a career as a dentist. Growing up in an economically disadvantaged home motivated her to one day help others who also struggle financially.
“Following the completion of my Master of Public Health and dental degree I plan to commit myself to a career in dental public health and community dentistry. In this role I will work to affect change on an individual, community, statewide, and national level,” Ms. Calvo wrote in her application. “My goals as a practitioner are to reduce and eliminate oral health disparities in children and reduce the great burden of oral disease in the U.S. I aspire to achieve this tremendous goal by working at the patient, educational, professional and policy levels. I plan to do this by integrating preventative oral health care into primary care, generating innovative reimbursement start gives to motivate dental professionals to concentrate on prevention and eliminating barriers to care to increase dental care utilization rates among the most vulnerable populations.”