“I am the product of my environment and I want to help serve those just like me. Growing up with Medicaid and living in poor rural areas, I understand what it feels like to truly be in need and lack access to care. I know how it feels to travel to several dentists after being turned away because they refuse to treat Medicaid patients. I know what it feels like to grow up in a household where dental care was an accessory, not a necessity. In dental school my professors often tell us to treat our patients as if they are our very own family members. This resonates with me because the majority of my family is in need of dental care and uneducated about their oral health,” Hawkins said.
DTA Foundation/Crown Seating
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill