Question: You were accepted into Harvard Dental School, the hardest dental school in the country to get into, yet you chose another school.  How did that work out for you?

I did turn down Harvard Dental School to attend Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale. When I was applying to dental school right out of undergrad, there was a couple criteria that I was looking for in my optimal dental school: number one, the fact that it was very clinically based, similar to a private practice setting; and number two, that it was very close to home. That way I could stay involved with my dad’s private practice.

With that being said, I still applied to the country’s best dental schools, and when I was accepted to Harvard, it was a great honor. Academically speaking, it is the toughest dental school to get into in the country, and they only accept 35 applicants a year. But Harvard is a very research-based school, and in turn I wanted to be in that clinically-based program. And Nova was that – it fit the best profile for me. Nova was a great experience. I was able to treat a lot of patients and have a lot of hands-on and clinical skills involved from the very beginning, from the very early start my second year. It was the best choice I could have made.