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  • Why Dentistry | Bree Zhang

    Why Dentistry? I decided to make an artwork to answer the question Watch my TedXTalk for a more personal version of the story To me, dentistry is like painting an artwork or composing a guzheng 古筝 song: both require sensitivity of touch, creative visualization, and the ability to sculpt not just the intricate details but also the larger symphony of what our mouth’s blank canvas can become: the smile. 😁 Dental art is also a science. It requires a thorough understanding of how dentistry’s “paints” react, solidify, and set according to different temperatures, moisture levels, time frames and mixtures, whether it is the chemical reaction of alginate (drawn as d-mannuronic acid and l-guluronic acid ), or the blue-light stimulated 3d polymerization of composite resin in restorative fillings. That's when my organic and inorganic chemistry knowledge 🧪 merges with my love for biology🧬 , from the aromatic ring in lidocaine improving lipid solubility, to fluoride-assisted remineralization of enamel (depicted as Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 +2F− → Ca10(PO4)6(F)2 + 2OH− ). ​ One of my favorite “biologies” is microbiology. 🦠 The oral cavity is an entryway, living environment, and source of replication for millions of microbes (I’ve drawn a few: SARS COV-2, HIV, E. Coli, Pneumococcus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, etc ), some of which have sparked major epidemics and pandemics. This oral-systemic link is where my interest in science “flows” into the heart and lungs of my passion for public health. 🏥 I’ve seen how the mouth is often the first place to detect disease, cancers, and immune system dysfunction; how poor oral health is linked with heart disease, diabetes, COVID-19, Alzheimer's, and other synergistic diseases rooted in socioeconomic circumstances. 😷 ​ Given that dental decay is the most common disease in the world, and that cumulative national costs 💵 for dental treatment in many countries are higher than those for cancers and heart disease, I hope to be advocating for policies that not only increase upstream prevention and integration (depicted by superior vena cava flowing up to globe ) but also prioritize resource conservation and our fragile relationship with Planet Earth. 🌎 ​ Public health cannot be improved without improving oral health, but the “heart” 💗 (aortic artery flowing upwards in "Why Dentistry" artwork) of our health is also connected to our brain, which is where my love for psychology comes into the picture. 🧠 Our mental health influences oral health through biological channels (systemic inflammation and hormonal imbalance) and psychosocial channels (motivation, social habits, dental fear and anxiety). Meanwhile, our oral health reciprocally affects our mental health by impacting our ability to eat, talk, work, sleep, and smile: a key to confidence, identity, and social mobility. As a dentist, I hope to use tools of psychology to restructure phobias and integrate art and music therapy into dental settings--returning full circle to my favorite multi-colored “hues'' and “melodies.” 🎨🎵 ​ The dental field is growing at such a fast rate. With a passion for teaching 📚, I hope shape the dental curriculum so that cultural competency is not just a strength but a fundamental core principle. So that mental-health informed dental care is always built from acknowledging social determinants of health. So that we can work collaboratively with all disciplines to tackle the global burden of oral disease. ​ So when people ask me “why do you want to be a dentist?” I say that “not just a dentist but an oral health physician 🩺, an oral health advocate 💪, and an oral health educator 📖." And who knows--maybe I’ll be adding more pieces to my “why dentistry” painting in four years. About Me as an NHSC Scholar On September 8th, I received my official award letter from the National Health Corps Scholarship!! The National Health Corps Scholarship provides financial support for full-time enrollment in an eligible primary care health professions degree training program between 2 yrs and up to 4 school years, covering tuition, reasonable educational costs, and monthly stipends for living expenses. After graduation, scholars devote time practicing in a HPSA (health professional shortage area) for the years they receive the scholarship. I am very blessed for this unique opportunity. Dental disease is a neglected epidemic: more than 1/3 of low-income adults avoid smiling and face employment difficulties due to the state of their teeth. Dental pain has been reported to affect up to 30% of adults, which also impacts their ability to sleep, eat, work, and take care of their children. Right now, about 49 million Americans live in communities that have been designated dental professional shortage areas. It’s so important to address and fix the geographical shortages of dental providers, BUT we must also think about the roots of the problem: a segregated healthcare system, a treatment over prevention culture, policies that perpetuate other social disparities in education, food access, & more. Beyond just practicing in a HPSA, I hope to continue pushing for increased dental access and prevention/education on the upstream policy level. NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship 1/6 Click to see full perspective. Infographics explaining more about NHSC Scholarhip Learn how I've tackled global oral health Learn about my work in prevention and education Learn how I've merged art and music with dentistry . Learn how I conceptualize patient-centered care For more info about me, check out: My Publications Harvard Global Health Starter Kit co-author, 2nd author of bottle feeding case study My Art Portfolio Sold by Brown University Bookstore and featured on Columbia's Global Consortium of Climate Health Infographics Infographics that explain medical/dental concepts, tackle advocacy, and educate patients! Dental Art & Music How I combine music therapy and art to heal and educate patients! My Notes! You are free to download any of my notes, tree diagrams, and summary flow charts for medical and dental school! College Reflections My five key takeaways + lessons from Brown University: the goods, bads, and funs! Asian Identity Reflections on what it means to be Asian American and my struggles with my identity Music Compositions Performed 5 times in Carnegie Hall, 2 times in the Metropolitan Museum, 2 times in McCarter Theatre About Me! A little intro about me, my hobbies, my interests, and what inspires me! Contact Me Contact Me Send Success! Message received.

  • College Reflections | Bree Zhang

    Reflection 1 Reflection 2 Reflection 3 Reflection 4 Reflection 5 College Reflections I used to think Brown was a poopy💩 color, but you can only create that color by combining all colors of the rainbow. Brown has been my canvas. Each semester has been a wandering collection of dissonances and consonances. Read my 5 Main Takeaways Below: #1 The Best Teachers Are Bandages, and the Best Bandages Come From Our Friends. College can be a journey of figuring out how to patch myself up from falls and scrapes but oftentimes not even knowing where these scrapes and cuts are. Throughout college, I struggled with a combination of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, which triggered depressive episodes after binges and manic episodes when I starved myself in punishment. ​ There were moments when I felt invincible and so productive so no sleep and keep going because your creative juices are flowing and no--you can't stop--you can't sleep anyway--stomach empty--you're so light you could fly away-- Then, moments when I struggled to get out of bed and do basic things like wash my face. Moments when I didn’t want to wake up from sleep. Moments when I hated myself so much and felt so useless for hating myself and not being able to do the simplest daily things, then hating myself all over again and thinking I did not deserve people’s admiration. ​ The scary thing about falling is that it’s sometimes not the injury that hurts the most but the painstaking process of trying to get to your original pace. There’s an insidious voice that keeps comparing yourself to your best version and reminds you’re so much slower and wobbly and graceless. ​ But the beautiful thing about falling is that the journey of crawling up teaches you so much. It’s taught me that friends and loved ones have always been my best bandages. They give me shoulders to cry on and hands to hold when I don’t feel grounded. They remind me that I’m still Bree. ​ Sometimes, learning how to be vulnerable means allowing your friends and loved ones to see you under a spotlight when you haven’t put on your protective skin, so you feel flayed and disgusting and ashamed because this version of you will always exist in their memory. ​ But sometimes, learning to be vulnerable means that you have hands that can put bandages in places you can’t easily see or reach. And unlike your bandages, these bandages come without self-contempt and are so purely filled with love and care that you start to feel like everything’s going to be okay. ​ Because it will be <3 Reflection 2 #2 Inspiration is everywhere in the community, and everyone has a Mary Poppins Bag. I believe that I am a collection of the wisdom of each person I’ve met at Brown. ​ As they say, the beauty of the Open Curriculum is that no two people are taking the exact same track of courses, meaning that there is less room for competition/comparison and more room for vicarious learning, exploration, and super cool conversations. I don’t need to take 20 classes to obtain knowledge from 20 classes. By talking with peers, I get “TLDR” glimpses of the most thought-provoking topics in way more classes, and we exchange these glimpses across our real world reflections. ​ If what people are studying is cool, what they are doing is even cooler. Everyone I know seems to carry around a Mary Poppins bag: a bottomless pit of talents and accomplishments that they usually keep humbly hidden but pull out on special occasions, ceaselessly surprising me. ​ Like just when I thought this person couldn’t be cooler as a STEM icon, but wait—they also won an award for their cutting-edge research—but wait—they’re also a kickass dancer—but wait—and they’re also involved in acapella and have a voice of gold? In fact, my admiration for my peers solidified even more after seeing everyone's senior theses, capstones, and extracurricular final projects. The spark in someone’s eyes is most beautiful when they talk about something they love, something to which they’ve devoted so much time, tears, and energy. ​ The reason I am the way I am is because of this Brown community: they’re always inventing, deconstructing, designing, collecting, fighting, advocating, teaching, learning, providing—-and inspiring me to do better. #3 It’s never too late to start a hobby, or to revisit one that you’ve tucked away. Success is not always accomplishing something but enacting an intention to start something . As someone who has always been a checklist person who likes the feeling of "finishing" things I'm good at, I really had to learn how to reframe my mindset throughout college. I'm happy to say I finally got really comfortable with this by my last semester at Brown, where I was welcomed into the frisbee, ballroom dancing, and ice skating communities. ​ Feeling "comfortable" in unknown spaces cannot happen without empowering and nurturing people. Ballroom dancing was completely new to me. Even when I started out as one of the worst dancers, these people gave me a home and never judged me, only uplifted me. Frisbee and ice skating were sports I’d tried as a first-year (but then stopped for 3 years due to time commitment). The fact that I felt welcomed so warmly despite my hiatus showed me that it’s okay to step back from things, to leave for a few years, and it’s okay to join again when you’re ready. ​ When time is ticking, it’s easy to get caught up in the end. I only had 2-3 months to enjoy these communities before graduation. While sometimes I lamented how I should’ve joined/re-joined these sports earlier, the experience taught me how to savor each moment because it’s happening (and not because it’s disappearing), to be comfortable with not knowing things and asking for help—because help is always there. ​ Three of my most exciting moments were when I did the Bronzie Cha Cha group number at the Phoenix Ball, when I performed a solo at Brown Figure Skating Club’s Annual Ice Skating Show, and when I played in my first Frisbee Scrimmage with another college team. I am proud of these moments not because I was the best performer/player (in fact, in ice skating, I was the worst) but because I went out and tried my best. Reflection 3 #4 No battle plan survives the first contact with the enemy, so learn to have fun while the plan fails. Lots of us are perfectionists who try to avoid perfectionism but unwittingly stray towards perfectionism if left unchecked. Perfectionism is what makes us good at what we do because we hold ourselves to high expectations. However, it also makes us stressed out, especially if the work is not what we expect. This is why my involvement in CCB (Class Coordinating Board) was such an amazing learning experience for me because no matter how much you try to perfect your "battle plan," unexpected problems arise. ​ Perhaps the weather is freezing, and the crock pot you need to melt the caramel (for caramel covered apples) doesn’t heat up, so someone on your board needs to run to the Blue Room with a tub of Boiling hot water to get the caramel to melt. Perhaps there’s glitches with a platform you’re using, and you embarrassingly have to send out a classwide email again apologizing for good-old “technical difficulties.” Perhaps delivery costs increase. The power fails. A few staffers get sick. A vendor backs out. Equipment doesn’t work. ​ The question isn’t a matter of “if” but “when” and “what” will go wrong—whether it’s a mistake you made or an uncontrollable external factor. So an important lesson CCB taught me (and something I’m still striving towards) is how to adapt, go with the flow, laugh and bond over our failed battle plans, and accept that no one is going to ever be completely satisfied with your event, or you—and that’s okay. ​ After all, the enemy of a “battle plan” is just life, and life will always give you unexpected lemons and things to be salty over. But if you stop seeing life as an enemy, you can slice up the lemons, gather some salt, and have fun taking tequila shots. Reflection 4 #5 Don’t wait until you’re leaving to start making a bucket list. 4 years feels so short. So very very short. ​ Sometimes, I wonder “If COVID-19 hadn’t happened, would I have had a better college experience?” ​ Reasonably, a voice in my head says: “Yes, of course. You lost almost 2 years of college. You struggled during the virtual semesters without much social contact. You saw lives disappear in the blink of an eye, neighbors, family acquaintances, more.” ​ But I also see another side to COVID-19. ​ COVID-19 made me who I am in college. I learned how to be alone. I learned to navigate challenges and tensions with my family that emerged from the pandemic and politics. I learned to appreciate the moments I have with my loved ones. To never take anything for granted because even the most stable rocks can be shattered in an instant: a relationship, a friendship, an experience, an education. ​ It’s the same with college. ​ When I came back to in-person school my senior year, I made a Senior Bucket List, and I wrapped myself in a craze to complete all the items. But then it hit me. Why is it that we only make a real bucket list when we’re about to leave somewhere? Aren’t the experiences listed in our bucket list things we have always wanted to do? Why can't we cherish these experiences sooner? ​ How many times did I really explore downtown Providence? How many cuisines on college hill did I really try? How many challenges did I really complete? How many moments with friends did I pass up because I wanted to focus on studying? ​ We often don’t realize how much we appreciate something until it slips from our fingertips. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying “hold on tighter so it doesn’t slip.” We all have to let things slip away to move on—after all, our hands can only hold so much—but we should be more intentional while these experiences are around and easily graspable. ​ This way, we’re not simply just letting retrospection paint an experience in a positive light. We’re actually existing in that experience—appreciating it even if we can’t see the beauty yet. Reflection 5 ​ Senior Year Bucket List Green are completed items. Red are uncompleted items.​ Dance on pole Get on rooftop Participate in Jazz jams RISD Wintersesssion Polar Plunge with BOC Visit Newport Visit Block Island Witness Naked Donut Run Try an edible (make art while high) Visit RISD Museum Make at least 10 Brunoscapes Hammock somewhere on campus Get back into Ice skating Hiking somewhere NOT in Providence Attend a Gendo Taiko Workshop Join Frisbee again! Attend a Nelson fitness class (cardio core, body combat, 305 dance) Study in GCB (with laptops out) Join Ballroom dancing Ratty challenge Go to all you can eat hotpot with CSA Go to Beach SciLi challenge Go Rock Climbing Watch Dance Shows Mezcla Fusion Impulse Daebak SKINNY DIPPING Do something weird for Senior Talent Show Watch theatre productions RENT Sweeney Todd Company Louis challenge Sleep on 10+ locations on campus Watson​ Leung Andrews dining Emwool lounge Faunce fishbowl Sears Lounge Metcalf third floor Friedman Main Green Scili Scavenger HUnt Friend group ​senior Boston trip Drink wine in 10+ major buildings on campus. Faunce Rock The Hay Sayles Salomon University Hall Macmillan Sears Ratty Friedman Vdub Andrews Thesissssssss Watch Waterfire Sell prints of my artwork. Try aerial acrobatics workshop Perform at in-person concerts Lunar new year Underground Thursdays Sounds@Brown Senior Week​​ GRADUATE YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions My Dental Journey Music Arrangements My Asian Identity Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more music updates! Follow me on Spotify! Spotify

  • Time-lapse Art | Bree Zhang

    Time Lapse Tutorials Art Videos by Bree Zhang Time Lapse Digital Drawings Doggies at the Dental Office! Featuring Lulu and Olive, the comfort dogs at my dental office, the Dental Associates of Rhode Island, who make our office a welcoming home and help alleviate patient fear and anxiety! <3 ​ Olive and Tallulah were rescued from Little Rhody Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue organization striving to find safe homes for neglected and underprivileged dogs. Olive and Tallulah have been with the DARI family since 2018, comforting patients in the office during dental appointments.⁣⁣ ​ They Say Humans Taste Like Beef This artwork is a social commentary that imagines an alternate parallel universe where human and animal relations are flipped, where humans are raised like cattle and their body parts eaten for dinner under romantic starlight. ​ The timelapse can be accessed at the very end of the video after the cow conversation finishes. India Point Park Whenever I walk down to India Point Park in Providence, RI, I am mesmerized by the quiet beauty held within the stillness of water, especially during the winter when snowy white seems to blend into the sky. It brings me back to an old dream that inspired my first oil painting in 2016, where I was sitting along the edge of a dock, staring out at an expanse of a frozen lake and a red forest laden in white snow. 5 years later in 2021, I am reflecting on that dream: both the feeling of loneliness that comes from being in your own thoughts and the feeling of calm contentment as I watch the birds that I am not alone right now. The red within me is all around me--if I only take the time to look. I'll Still be Painting I was inspired to make this piece after re-watching Howl’s Moving Castle. This artwork is an oath to myself to always be an artist, whether I’m 19 years old or 91 years old. After all, there’s something beautiful and powerful about art for all ages, not only functioning physiologically to improve neurologic mechanisms such as sensory-motor integration, abstraction, and eye-hand coordination, but also guiding identity formation, allowing us to express our inner thoughts, emotions, feelings and values, from facing fears and insecurities, to capturing moments of love and happiness, to exploring ourselves and the world around us. Even when I grow old and lose my physical capabilities, I hope to retain a youthful mind and a spirit of an artist, just as Sophie did in Howl’s Moving Castle :) Imagined City In this artwork, I crafted this city and its inhabitants without references, drawing random buildings and structures as I saw fit. I let the flow of my imagination guide my pen in a direction I had no idea where I'd end up, in the same way as the girl who lets her imagination take her away to a faraway place she yearns for. This piece is actually made in conjunction with a book I am currently working on, “The Nameless Novel’s Secret.” Thus, the artwork features elements and symbols of this novel, which will make sense as the plot unfolds and unravels. Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Dancing in Snowflakes Inspired by Evgenia Medvedeva, I made this digital artwork, which is paired to the music I composed for my MFCYO orchestra. This video features a speedpaint time lapse of my entire process from a blank canvas to the finished product. For a more in-depth description and full score of the music, see here . ​ Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Vincent Zhou Drawing This artwork is dedicated to Vincent Zhou, whom I feel a close connection to as an ABC and someone born in the year 2000, the year of the dragon. Overall, I'm inspired by his athleticism and intellect, and I wanted to convey it here in the power, strength, and resilience of the dragon, which represents his zodiac and mine. ​ Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Tutorials The Power of Words A time lapse of my art process paired with a voiceover. For the full description of this artwork, see here . ​ Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Music Background: "Always With Me" by Joe Hisaishi. Tutorials For more info about me, check out: About Me Art Portfoio Music Compositions My Guzheng Story Music Arrangements Other Performances Follow my art instagram account at breez_art_ and deviant art account at bubba-bree for more updates!

  • Music Arrangements | Bree Zhang

    Arrangements by Bree Zhang Pop Songs I Don't Wanna Live Forever Original Artist(s): Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik Rearranged into guzheng version Recorded on May 20th, 2018 ​ This guzheng cover is my way of merging eastern and western music together by intersecting two worlds and techniques in a single piece. Traditional Pieces My Home Country ​我的祖国 Original Composer: 刘炽 Rearranged by to fit a violin background music track. Huaxia Bridgewater Chinese School February 11th, 2018 Chinese New Year Festival 春节晚会 Dancer: Adrianna Liu The Dance of the Yao Tribe 瑶族舞曲 Original Composer: 刘铁山,茅 Rearranged into guzheng duet The Ellora Banquet Hall, Edison, NJ May 6th, 2018 ICEPN Television Mother's Day Concert Additional Performer: my mother, Hua Zhu For more info about me, check out: About Me Time Lapse Art Art Portfolio My Guzheng Story Music Compositions Other Performances Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more music updates! Follow me on Spotify! Spotify

  • Resume | Bree Zhang - Aspiring Artist, Musician, Dentist

    Dental & Healthcare Experience Leadership and Outreach Research Experience Teaching and Education Music Accolades Art Accolades Resume This information can also be found on my Linkedin . Education Brown University 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 Leadership Experience 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. Dental & Healthcare Experience Research Experience 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. Leadership and Outreach Research Experience Work Experience 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. Teaching and Education 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: “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: ​ Published Writing Contour Magazine “Don’t Forget to Advocate for You” (2023) Columbia Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education “Our Body is an Earth” (2022) Music Accolades Music Accolades Performance Locations Carnegie Hall (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) The First Baptist Church in America (2022) Metropolitan Museum of Art (2015, 2016) McCarter Theater (2015) Drew University (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) New Jersey Performing Arts Center (2019) Westminster Choir College (2016, 2017) Rutgers Nicholas Center (2014, 2018) 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) ​ ​ Art Accolades Art Accolades 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) ​ See Art Portfolio Skills Certificates Mental Health First Aid Basic Life Support and CPR ​ Fluent in Mandarin (writing, reading, speaking) Digital art (Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint) Infographics (Canva) Music composition and mixing (Studio One 3, Musescore) Filmmaking and Video Editing (Adobe Premiere) Excel and Powerpoint. For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions My Guzheng Story My Dental Journey My Asian Identity

  • Art Commissions | Bree Zhang

    Commissions by Bree Zhang Time Lapsed Art Buy Artwork Commissions What I Offer Digital Artwork: landscapes, portraits, animals, figures, t-shirt designs, posters, backgrounds, photocopies, book covers . I am also able to record myself drawing and compile the video into a time-lapse for you to see my art process. Payment Method PayPal, Vemno Cash or Check Pricing Pricing will depend on how long the project takes to complete, the level of difficulty, and additional add-ons such as time-lapses. Price negotiations are available. Please message me if you are interested! Contact Me Instagram: direct message my art account at breez_art Email: Click here for more contact methods Past Commissions For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions My Guzheng Story Music Arrangements Other Performances Follow my art instagram account at breez_art_ and deviant art account at bubba-bree for more updates!

  • Bree Zhang - Aspiring Artist, Musician, Dentist

    BREE ZHANG ABOUT ME BREE ZHANG Aspiring Artist, Musician, and Dentist ABOUT ME Spotify Watch my TedX Talk My Artwork To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. COMMISSIONS SEE MORE TIME LAPSE ART Sneak Peek Into My Portfolio Dreams These dreamscapes and imaginary lands are rendered spontaneously without any prior planning, sketching, or reference photos. Like lucid dreaming, I let go of.... read more Snapshots in Time The world as I see it is composed of snapshots of meaningful places, objects, and people that have emotional significance to me. I capture these... read more Social Commentary I investigate and confront inter-sectionalities of race, gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, from advocating for Asian solidarity to analyzing sexual violence... read more My Dental Journey Answering: "Why Dentistry?" Merging Music & Art with Dentistry Researching and Publishing Advocating and Educating My Music Bree Zhang - "Daydreams" [Music Video] 古筝 Bree Zhang Play Video Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Now Playing Bree Zhang - "Daydreams" [Music Video] 古筝 05:58 Play Video Now Playing Bree Zhang - Senior Talent Show! 06:18 Play Video Now Playing Bree Zhang - "Growing Up" (Guzheng 古筝) 06:12 Play Video Now Playing Bree Zhang - Returning Home (Sinovision Teen Talent Competition Guzheng Performance) 06:00 Play Video Compositions See all my different compositions, ranging from guzheng solos to vocal and orchestral pieces. more Arrangements See my arranged guzheng pieces that include songs like "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" and other Chinese folk songs. more Traditional Songs See a wide range of traditional Chinese songs I have performed on the guzheng, both for solos and ensembles. more Check out my Guzheng Story Miss Chinese Pageant See More Contact Me Thanks! Message sent. Send

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    Contact Me - Bree Zhang Find me through any of the social media accounts listed below, or shoot me an email directly! E- Youtube : Bree Zhang Instagram : bubba_bree and breez_art Facebook: Bree Zhang Deviant Art: bubba-bree ​ Thanks! Message sent. Send

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