Hometown: Sacramento, California
Career Plans: Keeping her options open; perhaps will pursue an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program or a general practice residency post-graduation.
I’m incredibly proud of what we deliver here, everything from the facilities to the quality of the care.
If there's one thing Hannah Fox, DDS 2019, is passionate about, it's education. She credits the incredible faculty she had in high school and college with her love of learning. These mentors urged her to take the time to explore different careers to find out what she truly loved to do.
"Dentistry wasn't something I chose at the beginning of college," recalls Hannah. "It wasn't until I started taking classes that I fell in love with science and even then I wanted to see what other health-related careers were out there."
What really drew Hannah to dentistry was being able to grow with her patients and provide both immediate assistance and preventative care over the long haul. To be able to help someone who was in pain and provide immediate relief for their discomfort was appealing to her, but more than that, "I liked the idea of being able to have a long-term relationship with somebody and really have an obvious impact on their healthcare over time," says Hannah. Being able to work with her hands was also a plus because it was the creative outlet she needed in a career. (Fun fact: Hannah worked as a cake decorator at a bakery while in college to channel her artistic energy.) She felt like dentistry played to her strengths well.
Her experience at the Dugoni School has been better than she imagined. From the first day she walked into the building during interview day, she could feel the tight-knit school community. Whereas other schools felt competitive as if it was a race to the top, she felt at ease and comfortable talking to students about their experiences here. It's one of the main reasons she chose to attend the school.
Now in her second year, Hannah can't stop raving about the clinics at the school, even excitedly giving tours to her friends who visit. "I'm incredibly proud of what we deliver here, everything from the facilities to the quality of the care," says Hannah. "The clinic is so bright and welcoming and I love when I get to bring my patients in."
Hannah is also taking advantage of the many student organizations that the Dugoni School has to offer to enrich the dental school experience. She is the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) representative for her class. What drew her to be a part of the organization is being able to work with the faculty and administration on issues concerning their education. Coming from a background where she had graduate teaching experience — teaching activities and labs for general biology, she felt it was where she could make the biggest difference.
"I have the experience as a student like everyone else but I also have a unique experience teaching, so I felt like I could make a positive impact bridging that gap between the students and faculty," says Hannah. "I really appreciate how the school is very student centered and how as students we can work with administrators on improving our education and experience here."
As for her future career plans Hannah is keeping her options open, considering an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program or a general practice residency post-graduation. Since education has been such a big part of her life, Hannah hopes to teach part time like some of the faculty here, who inspire her with possibilities.
"I feel like the faculty, particularly the part-time faculty, here give us valuable perspectives since they are primarily in the field in private practice," says Hannah. "I think this gives us a more well-rounded education and just like the mentors I've had in the past, it's helped shape who I am today."