Center Stage with a Student - Kristen Horstmann
Interview with D3 Student Doctor, Kristen Horstmann
So Kristen, tell us why you chose dentistry as a profession?
I had long term jaw and TMD joint pain with headaches for years, and a dentist was able to diagnose and treat it, relieving me of the pain. I feel so much better now. I had originally started out as an Engineering Major, but this experience led me to consider dentistry as a career.
You were recently awarded an ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarships for Predoctoral Dental Students Pursuing Academic Careers.
It means so much to me that ADEA and Crest Oral-B have decided to help me along my journey, and I can't wait to one day give back to the dental community, my patients, and hopefully, my students. I have often thought that eventually I would teach as a part of my professional career. During a gap year between college and dental school, I taught high school geometry. When I started at UCLA Dentistry, I immediately looked for opportunities to pursue some aspects of teaching. I served as a Basic Dental Principles tutor and lecturer and managed oral health initiatives through the Dental Education Outreach program. I guess I picked up this passion from my mother who is a teacher.
How do you envision teaching in a dental school?
I plan to practice dentistry or orthodontics and then eventually teach part-time.
What do you like best about UCLA Dentistry?
I really like the comradery among my classmates and the support. It is a difficult program and we all band together to help us get through.
In the first year of my deanship, I found myself surrounded by faculty, students, staff, and fellow academic leaders wanting to introduce me to the beauty of this campus, this city, and this outstanding dental school – UCLA Dentistry. I have been warmly welcomed by the entire community to what has now become my home.
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