“I was always interested in the dental field. I was a dental assistant in a family practice and wanted to have a more hands-on role. I always liked going to the dentist when I was young, and looked forward to when the dentist came to our school for the community clinic.

“I really like the preclinical class and am learning a lot about infectious disease control and how to hold and maneuver instruments. It helps that the instructors are great and have already been in the profession. I think I’ll have the tools necessary to be an effective hygienist and will definitely be prepared for everything.”