“Dentistry is a wonderful profession because it has the ability to change a person's life mentally and physically. I plan to increase oral health awareness by participating in health fairs, and provide dental care to underserved individuals and victims of sexual and/or domestic abuse. I plan to participate in mission trips to help others in countries of high poverty, and lead during these events by guiding volunteer dental students. I also wish to be a major player in the Hispanic Dental Association, by helping increase oral health awareness in Hispanic communities, translating, and serving as a role model to minorities in elementary, middle, and high school. My ultimate dental career goal is to work at a nonprofit dental clinic to provide dental care for the uninsured or underserved. My goal is to improve the lives of others especially the most vulnerable,” Velez said.
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Texas Health School of Dentistry at Houston