Ona Erdt, BS | DMD 2016
Why did you choose Western U?
I never thought I would end up going to school on the West Coast, having been born and raised in Michigan, but Western University was unlike any other school in the country. Having seen first-hand the correlations between oral and systemic health in my experience as a dental assistant in a VA hospital dental clinic, it was important to me to learn dentistry as a whole body approach. Western University takes a humanistic, whole body approach to dentistry. Taking classes with the medical school, getting to interact with the medical school staff and students, and having amazing dental faculty teaching us in detail each of the body systems was an amazing experience. I know that when I graduate I will be more than a tooth doctor, I will be able to improve patients’ overall health by treating their individual oral health needs.
What has been your best clinical experience?
My best clinical experience was when I did a filling on a 7 year old at one of our school based clinics. His family could not afford dental care and neither he nor his Mother spoke English. He was very nervous at the beginning of the procedure but I was able to demonstrate to him what I was going to do before I did it and put him to ease. Even with a language barrier the procedure went great and he left smiling and thanking me. Our opportunities to work in the school clinics are a great experience and this particular experience was one I will never forget.
What has been your experience with CDM faculty?
Being an older student and having had several years of experience in the dental field I was excited at the opportunity to work with the faculty as peers. I have enjoyed the guidance and mentorship of the faculty and feel as if I am learning from colleagues with whom I share a love of dentistry.