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Pyschology Sc.B. GPA 3.97 Providence RI (Graduated with Honors)
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) In Progress
Dental Admissions Test (DAT): 27
Columbia Dental Class of 2026, President New York, NY (2022-now)
Supporting the Columbia Dental Class of 2026 by 1) meeting regularly with school administration and the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs to communicate class concerns 2) sending weekly emails to the Class of 2026 with resources, updates, events, announcements 3) organizing with members of class council representatives to ensure academic concerns, financial questions, social programming, and other class projects are going smoothly.
ASDA District 2 Legislative Liaison New York, NY (2023-present)
Organizing advocacy district events, coordinating with state dental associations, county associations, compiling resources for chapters to promote advocacy campaigns, planning New York State Advocacy Day and ADA Joint Lobby Day, District 1-3 Legislative Coordinator on the Council on Advocacy, informing cabinet and district members on NY, NJ & federal legislative updates & informs cabinet and district members.
American Public Health Association, Oral Health Section Liaison New York, NY (2022-present)
Named the Student Assembly Section Liaison of the Year. Spearheading social media strategy and creating oral health and public health infographics for American Public Health Oral Health Section. Establishing communicating channels between American Student Dental Association with American Public Health Association. Engaging pre-dental students in public health and APHA activities.
International Collaboration and Exchange Program, Team Leader New York, NY (2022-present)
Engaged with students in 20+ universities across 4 continents. Facilitated small peer group conversations differences in healthcare systems, health ethics and law challenges, advancements in biotechnology, reflections on the topic of anatomy body donation, and experiences during the global pandemic.
Brown University Class of 2022, Co-President Providence RI (2018-2022)
Planned class-wide events, focusing on inclusivity and accessibility to promote class spirit and unity, sustaining traditions while creating new ones that represent the ever-changing student demographic. Also served as resource channel for academic, social, and extracurricular support for students during the virtual semester. Planned Senior Week and will be responsible for planning Brown Class of 2022 five year reunion.
Brown University Pre-dental Society, President Providence RI (2018-2022)
Spearheaded the “Oral Health for the Elderly” initiative to provide oral hygiene training sessions to caretakers at nursing homes, working with the Oral Health Program at RI Department of Health. Organized community service RI Mission of Mercy, inter-school conferences, and panels inviting dental students and dentists to inspire pre-dentals.
Lipton Narrative Medicine Fellow Columbia University, NY (2023-present)
Awarded $7000 to develop pilot research project assessing the introduction of basic pillars of narrative medicine into Columbia University first-year dental curriculum, including the experience of close reading, reflective writing and sharing with peers. Conducted literature review, wrote IRB proposal, designed survey, collected data.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine Global Health Starter Kit Author Boston MA (2021-2022)
Working with Dr. Seymour, Global Health Discipline Director at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, to spearhead the development of two new modules "COVID-19: Global Lessons for a Global Profession" and “Global Health for Pre-dental Students,” within Harvard School of Dental Medicine's Global Health Starter Kit, a competency-based global health ‘starter’ curriculum designed for dental educators and students. View the previous five modules here.
Bottle-Feeding Case Study Research, Second Main-Writer Annandale NJ (2017-2018)
Studied anterior crossbite correction through bottle-feeding under Dr. Zhu and Dr. Rosivack at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Contacted hospitals, collected data, obtained reference photos, generated diagrams, wrote and revised drafts of published case report “Early Correction of Anterior Crossbite Through Bottle Feeding.”
Sobel Causality and Mind Lab, Research Assistant Providence RI (2020-2022)
Investigating children’s reasoning and social cognition by designing and drawing digital storyboards for experiments, coding, transcribing, and interpreting data, creating graphics and diagrams for research papers with photoshop and powerpoint. Conducted independent study and designed an experiment from scratch to study praise's effects on children's motivation, which became part of Senior Thesis.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine ASDA, Dental Advocacy Fellow Boston MA (2020-present)
Researching links between oral and mental health such as eating disorders and depression, creating educational materials on ways for HSDM students to get involved in community-based dental clinics, spearheading project on children’s oral health education to increase accessibility for families with language barriers and poor internet access.
Dental Associates of RI, Dental Assistant & Practice Coordinator Johnston RI (2021-2022)
Provided quality chair-side assisting while spearheading new practice innovations:
Integrated music therapy to reduce dental fear and anxiety. Transitioned practice to paperless operations to increase efficiency. Redesigned website, created graphics, optimized SEO. Implemented social media strategy, featuring therapy dogs, teambuilding and staff interactions, community-based involvement and partnerships, and patient engagement.
Mercer Oral Surgery, Surgical Assistant Hamilton NJ (Summer 2020)
Chair-side assisted in oral and maxillofacial surgeries such as general anesthesia, bone grafts, implants, wisdom teeth extractions, biopsies, alveoloplasty by suctioning, irrigating, preparing sutures, retracting, and more. Sterilized and disinfected instruments and operating rooms, maintaining a clean environment during COVID-19.
Hunterdon Family Dental Care, Dental Assistant and Receptionist Lebanon NJ (2015-present)
Provided quality care to patients through chair-side assisting, sterilizing and disinfecting operatories, preparing procedures like crowns, bridges, veneers, root canals, implants, Invisalign. Assisted in operating new CEREC 3D scanning and milling technology. Rebuilt new website, optimized SEO and rankings, redesigned office logo and PR, managed advertising and hiring campaigns.
Rhode Island Free Clinic, Dental Assistant Volunteer Providence RI (2019-2020)
Volunteered in newly established dental clinic to provide service to uninsured low-income adults through chair-side assisting, sterilizing and disinfecting dental operatories, charting medical records and treatment plan options.
Rhode Island Hospital, Music Therapy Volunteer Providence RI (2019-2020)
Performed palliative music for patients at the Cancer Center through the Hands Through Harmony Program and fostered creative expression in children coping with illness or injury by providing therapeutic arts and crafts.
Education and Teaching Experience
Columbia IYRC Medicine and Research Program, Teaching Fellow New York NY (2023-present)
Taught high school students from around the world foundational medical topics focusing on public health relevance (STI, substance use, diabetes, mental health). Held weekly office hours, facilitated discussions, acted as standardized patients for students, and created lectures on Eating Disorders, Art in Medicine, and Oral Systemic Link for students.
PrincetoNow Education Services Inc., Senior Essay Specialist Princeton NJ (2018-present)
Guided students in developing, editing, and polishing application essays. Interviewed students about talents and interests, helped formulate extracurricular activities and career goals. Provided mock interviews.
Children’s Medical Foundation, Fellowship Associate Summer Intern Hong Kong, China (2019)
Implemented and executed CMF 2019 Social Impact Fellowship through curriculum and logistical development. Generated and managed communications and social media strategy through platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Salesforce. Designed promotional material, signage, and invitations for branding and marketing.
Huaxia Bridgewater Chinese School, Guzheng Class Co-Founder and Teacher Bridgewater NJ (2014-2018)
Co-founded the first guzheng (21-stringed Chinese harp) class at Huaxia Chinese school for children age 6-13. Led students to perform in Bridgewater Rehabilitation Center, Somerville Heritage Festival, Patriots Baseball Stadium.
Invited Talks and Conference Presentations
“Columbia Mobile Dental Clinic: Reducing Barriers to Care” - American Dental Association Smile Conference (Orlando, Florida - 2023)
“COVID-19: Global Lessons for a Global Profession” - American Public Health Association Annual Conference (Atlanta, Georgia – 2023)
“Painting Metaphors in Medicine” - International Young Researcher’s Conference (Tokyo, Japan - 2023) – Access presentation here
“Creating Your Own Ice Cream Flavor” – TEDx Speaker at Brown University (Providence, RI, 2022) – Access full talk here
Scholarships and Awards
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Recipient – awarded 2 years of full tuition and monthly living stipend payments for dental school in exchange for practicing in a health professional shortage area after graduation (2022)
American Public Health Association Student Assembly Liaison of the Year Scholarship – awarded scholarship to travel and attend APHA Annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia (2023)
Community Health Center Pediatric Workgroup Stipend Award – awarded $1100 to take part in American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved's (ACU) working group (2023)
American Student Dental Association District 2 Outstanding Advocate Recipient (2022)
Brown University Undergraduate Research and Teaching Award Recipient – received $2500 stipend to conduct developmental psychology research for senior thesis (2021)
Publications and Published Writing
“COVID-19: Global Lessons for a Global Profession”
Zhang B., Zokaie T. Module 7: COVID-19- Global Lessons for a Global Profession In: Toward Competency-Based Best Practices for Global Health in Dental Education: A Global Health Starter Kit 2nd Edition. Senior editor Seymour B., Assistant editors Clem B, Ramesh N, Suri D., Advisory editor Barrow J. A project of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Global Oral Health Interest Group and Harvard School of Dental Medicine; 2022. Available at: https://hsdm.harvard.edu/global-health-starter-kit
“Does the position of a bottle during infant feeding influence the jaw's postural position?”
Zhu H, Zhang B, Rosivack RG. Does the position of a bottle during infant feeding influence the jaw's postural position?. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2019;37(4):405-408. doi:10.4103/JISPPD.JISPPD_91_18
Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31710017/
Contour Magazine “Don’t Forget to Advocate for You” (2023)
Columbia Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education “Our Body is an Earth” (2022)
(2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
The First Baptist Church in America
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Westminster Choir College
Rutgers Nicholas Center
Awards and Honors
Gold Prize, Sinovision Television Teen's Talent Competition (2017)
Self-composition "Journey" and "Dancing in Snowflakes" performed by MFCYO Orchestra at Drew University (2017-2018)
4th Place, Central China TV Talent Competition (2017)
Grand Prize, National League of Performing Arts Young Musician's Showcase Competition (2015)
1st Place, Princeton International Chinese Music Competition Award (2014)
1st Place, New Jersey Music Teacher's Association Young Musician's Competition (2014-2016)
Intima Journal of Narrative Medicine “Buckets of Oxygen, Buckets of Love” (2023)
Brown Journal of Medical Humanities “A Thank You to Our Donors” (2023)
Brown University Bookstore Artist “Brunoscapes” (2022)
Columbia Pathology and Cell Biology Newsletter “Histology of Central Park” (2023)
New York Times interview “Honoring the Body Donors Who Are a Medical Student’s ‘First Patient” (2023)
National ACP Internal Medicine Meeting – artwork presented in talk by Dr. Esquitin from Columbia University
Harvard Medical School - artwork presented in anatomy lectures by Dr. Sabine Hildebrant
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs "Time Capsule" Exhibit (2021)
Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs "Time Capsule" Exhibit (2021)
Winner, International Fund for Animal Welfare Competition U.S. Winner: selected for publication in the yearly calendar (2016)
Mental Health First Aid
Basic Life Support and CPR
Fluent in Mandarin (writing, reading, speaking)
Digital art (Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint)
Music composition and mixing (Studio One 3, Musescore)
Filmmaking and Video Editing (Adobe Premiere)
Excel and Powerpoint.
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