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Pardeep Kaur

Scholarship Type: 
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health

Growing up in a small village in India, Ms. Kaur’s first trip to the dentist didn’t occur until she was 16. However, after her family moved to America, she knew that dentistry was the field she wanted to be in. She became a dental hygienist before committing to dental school.

“My ideal practice as a dentist would be in public health,” she said. “My own goals, to better oral health for the greatest number of persons possible, are met by working at a community dental clinic where I can plan and implement programs to a population rather than just individuals. Alternatively, if I do end up in private practice, I would still continue to participate in volunteer activities such as Missouri Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile, Kansas City Team Smile and any other dental volunteer events I can be involved in. I have plans to become involved in actual planning of Mission of Mercy events after graduation and hopefully be part of expanding the event to every state in the U.S. These events were what inspired me to go back to school in 2013 and start learning a higher level of dental skills so I could do more for my patients. Continuing to participate in these events is my way of giving back to the community as a whole.”