Profiles

Kimberly A. LaRocca ’06 DH | Building Bridges

In addition to being the first daughter of a previous president to hold the position of president herself, LaRocca is the first dental hygiene graduate to head the Alumni Association.

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Joanne Fox | Culture Builder

Back in October 1981, Joanne Fox came to the dental school for a temporary, six-week data entry job in the Public Relations and Development Office. And then she stayed…

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Alex Schmotter ’15 | Entrepreneurial Spirit

As a pre-dental student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he already had teeth on his mind, and while he rode his bike, he started to pay attention to the way he was consuming sugary sports drinks as well as their effects on his body.

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Chrystle Cu ’08 | Changing the Way You Floss

As a practicing dentist at Young Dental Group in San Mateo, California, Dr. Chrystle Cu ’08 felt like she was treating the same diseases and conditions over and over again and her message about oral health education was falling on deaf ears. So she decided to do something about it.

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Berry Coleman | Coming Full Circle

Berry Coleman is back where he began. In 1985, he started working as a public safety officer at 155 Fifth Street, which was then home to Crocker National Bank. “My very first day on the job, the Wells Fargo Corporation took over Crocker Bank,” Coleman explains. “It was a merger—so we went from being Crocker employees to Wells Fargo employees.”

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Maureen Valley | Dental Health Ambassador

Dr. Maureen Valley’s life seems like a precision juggling act. “I have lots of different interests—maybe that’s a blessing, and maybe that’s a curse.”

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Sam Christensen ’05 | Teaching is in His DNA

Dr. Sam Christensen ’05 has taken an interesting career path to get where he is today—from middle-school science teacher to dental student to practitioner and now faculty member.

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Daniel Nam ’02 | On a Mission

“In these trying times where access to care is a major issue, I want to create a model here in Berkeley that others can emulate and improve upon to deliver quality care to our fellow citizens who need assistance with their dental health,” says Nam.

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Parag Kachalia ’01 | Process and Progress

Parag Kachalia was still a dental student at University of the Pacific when he realized that after graduating he would like to be a part-time dental school faculty member. So after graduation, Dr. Kachalia ’01 followed through with his plan and joined the dental school as a one-day-per-week faculty member in addition to seeing patients in private practice. This was the start of his evolving career as a dental educator.

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Dan McFarland ’14 | The Fish Will Have To Wait

How did a fisherman from a small town in Montana end up in a big city on the path towards dentistry?

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