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Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH

Preferred pronoun: She/Her

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Education: BA-University of Memphis, DDS-University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, MPH-Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Why did you choose dentistry and public health? Unbeknownst to me, I have always had a fascination with teeth. In lieu of eyes, I stared at mouths when conversing. When this weird form of communication was brought to my attention, I looked into it and found dentistry to be an ideal profession. Dentistry allows me to be both an artist and servant with the ability to restore broken teeth and confidence simultaneously. My life's primary objective has always been to serve, and dentistry allows me to do just that. The flexible nature of my profession also provides an avenue to do public health-related ventures such as health fairs, community programs, and my other passion, the Determined to be a Doctor Someday initiative.

Where are you now? I am currently serving as Executive Director of the Determined to be a Doctor Someday (D.D.S.) initiatives and practicing general dentistry in Memphis, TN. 

What do you love most about your work? There are many, but I will list two. 1) When patients cry tears of joy because they are able to smile again or are relieved of pain makes dentistry so rewarding. 2) When participants of D.D.S. perform well on standardized tests, get accepted into their choice colleges and health professional schools, or send me messages about the impact I made in their lives, my purpose feels fulfilled.

What are your hobbies and interests? spending time with my family, reading, traveling, performing community service


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