For Alayna Schoblaske, D.M.D., a dentist in a federally qualified health center in Medford, Oregon, there’s been a lot to love with spending her first four years as a dentist working in public health.
“I love our mission. I love that I get to work with other dentists and learn from them,” she said.
Before dental school, Dr. Schoblaske worked on the administrative staff for the nonprofit Teach For America.
“I saw how dentistry can impact a child’s school experience,” she said. “That’s what really solidified my decision to focus on public health dentistry.”
At Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, she and other students started a free clinic and volunteered with the Health Equity Circle, an organization that seeks to address inequities in health care. She graduated in 2017 and completed a one-year general practice residency.
Those experiences, she said, helped prepare her for some of the challenges she faces in her public health career.