My name is Zack Bracket and I want the tooth the whole tooth and nothin' but the tooth. Ever since my own experience with an orthodontist and dentists, I've wanted to work in the dental field. We get to help people smile, eat, and get out of pain for a living! It's one of the only careers available that allows you to fix peoples problems while using both science and artistic skills. There are plenty of tough times, but the work can be very emotionally and financially rewarding.
It took me some time to find out if I would enjoy the work and be able to handle the journey, but I met the right friends and mentors who helped guide me. I was the first Neitzey in the family to graduate from college, so I didn't have parents in dentistry to show me the way. I get to pay it forward here!
As an undergraduate, I started off a business management major with plans to take over my parents sign company, but I really wanted to be a dentist. I took an optional difficult science class to see if I could handle the work load. With a lot of hard work and help from friends, I ended up doing well and enjoyed what I was learning. I switched my major to biology with a minor in chemistry then made my top priority to get into dental school. Here's a link with my original dental school application (portions redacted for privacy):
If you look closely, I misspelt the third word in my personal statement. It's possible to make a major mistake and still get accepted, but it helps to keep them to a minimum. Getting into dental school is becoming more competitive every year!
While in dental school I worked very hard. When you are a patient, would you rather have the doctor who is smart, but slacked off while in school or the one who tried their best with patient treatment as top priority? It can be difficult to stay motivated throughout undergraduate and dental school, but if you truly enjoy the work and want to help others then think of your future patients when you lose focus. Linked below is my Curriculum vitae (CV) from dental school:
I have mentored numerous friend and colleagues throughout and beyond dental school. I currently work as a general dentist in private practice. If you're interested in my mentoring then please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org