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Meet CU Dental DDS candidates

Wayne Chesser


It was while testing weapons and tanks as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Army that Wayne Chesser (DDS ’20) knew he wanted to find a career working with his hands. So, he was delighted to discover how genuinely hands-on dentistry is.  


He decided to study at CU Dental after learning the type of patient care provided here—and how much he would learn through the Advanced Clinical Training Service (ACTS) program.


“Instead of rotation based, CU Dental taught me comprehensive care where you see the patient from start to finish. It’s good to see that patient transformation,” Chesser says. “My whole senior year, being able to go out in the clinics---three weeks at a time and get some real-world experience. I love it.”


Chesser treats his time in school as a fulltime job—arriving at CU Dental before 7:30 a.m. and leaving after 5:30 p.m. As the father of five children under the age of 9, he reserves his weekends for family time.


Kasey Jones


When she was an undergrad at Colorado State University, Kasey Jones (DDS ’20) was paired up with a dental student to shadow as part of the pre-health program run by CU Anschutz Medical Campus’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The experience turned out to be very fortuitous for her.


“I spent a lot of time in the oral surgery and periodontal clinics,” she says. “I thought it was the coolest thing, and I just fell in love with dentistry.”


After graduation in May, Jones, who is a lieutenant in the United States Air Force, will be stationed in Nebraska.


“I got to know the faculty before I was even thinking about interviewing for admissions,” she says. “I appreciated the supportive, personal culture and environment here at CU Dental.”

Spencer Mitchell


As an economics student at Howard University, Spencer Mitchell (DDS ’21) initially thought he wanted to be a healthcare consultant. But that goal changed after completing a public health master’s program and working as a social worker.


“I worked in jails with incarcerated trans youth, trying to help them get healthcare service once they got released. I then worked as an outreach and practice manager for a community dental clinic in downtown Philly. That’s how I segued into dentistry,” he says.


Mitchell’s goal is to become a pediatric dentist. Despite the rigors of dental school, he still makes time to mentor young people.​ 

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