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
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.
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.”
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.