This winter we had a very special addition to our team when Wellesley College Junior and member of the Pre Dental Society, Christine Lee shadowed at WDG as she prepared for dental school. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Christine is studying chemistry at Wellesley and enjoys cooking Korean food and playing the clarinet (although her time away at college has been a bit too busy for her to play much music).
She first realized her love of dentistry in high school when she accompanied her father, who is a dentist, to Nepal on a missionary service trip. They stayed there for a week at an orphanage. From then on, she has been single-minded in her pursuit of her dream to be a dentist.
Originally, she was thinking of applying to dental school in Korea, but last October, she realized she could go to dental school in the States. However, that meant she had many hours of shadowing to do! Searching for Wellesley’s best dental practice, Christine spoke to numerous sources and found that WDG is one of the most highly recommended practices in the area. The one thing that really convinced her that WDG was where she wanted to spend her winter break was that our mission statement reminded her of her dad’s. He, too, puts his relationship with the patient above all else.
She had a lot of fun over the month of January, organizing charts, experiencing the teamwork day-to-day, and becoming part of the WDG family. Dr. Ali even helped her stay relaxed and calm when she got worried about meeting new patients. The thing that resonated with her most, however, was Drs. Ali & Ali’s attitude toward their patients. Comfort and communication are their top priorities during treatment. Christine could see herself in their shoes post-graduation.
When not busy taking notes and absorbing everything dentistry, Christine took time to get to know the team. She had fun chatting with Carmen about her background and winter trip to Puerto Rico, she helped Julia on her search for an intern, and every day would light the room up with her smile.
Today, she will resume her classes at Wellesley as the spring semester begins. The Team at WDG will miss seeing her every day! She still doesn’t know the exact field in dentistry she wants to pursue, but is thinking that general dentistry might be where she wants to go. She doesn’t want to come into her practice with an attitude of, “I’m a doctor, you should listen to me.” Instead, she wants to be a dentist like her father and Drs. Ali & Ali. Putting the patient first, truly serving them and building a relationship: that is what she really wants to do.
-Interview of Christine Lee ’14 by Julia Di Cicco ’12 on 1/28/13