Making the Difference one Smile at a Time

About Me

Facebook-20150509-081405         I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I came to the US 6 years ago. Before I moved here I was enrolled in college in the medical field. I knew I wanted to become an oral health provider since I was little. For that reason, once I came to this country I decided to continue my studies. It wasn’t an easy beginning since I didn’t know English. However, my desire of becoming a dental hygienist was stronger than any impediment.  

         I started taking all the pre-requisites of the dental hygiene program in Hostos Community College. Then, some friends of mine motivated me to transfer to New York City College of Technology. I did it, and my plan was to start the program in 2012 but I got pregnant with my first child and decided to wait for the fall 2013 semester to start it. That was when the real challenge began to me. It was difficult for me to get through the first year in this demanding and rigorous program with a toddler under my care full time. However, the things became even more difficult when I got pregnant for the second time at the beginning of the second year. There were times when I felt as if I couldn’t continue but my family, some peers and professors were very encouraging.

         This program has taught me discipline, determination, endurance and that nothing is impossible as long as you want to achieve your dreams. Even being pregnant and sick I managed to work in clinic until hours before I delivered my daughter. Then, 10 days after I had her, I was back in clinic offering my dental treatment services to my patients. It was the most difficult thing I have done in my life but it was worth it because here I am looking forward to an enriching and successful career as a registered dental hygienist in the near future!