Dr Zeyad Alani was born in Iraq and graduated from Modern Sciences and Arts University in Egypt in 2012. After moving to the US in 2013, he took the NBDE Part 1 exam and started volunteering at a non–profit organization named Healthcare for the Homeless in Houston, Texas. After moving to Michigan in late 2013, he started working as a full-time dental assistant at Pleasant Dental, while simultaneously preparing for the NBDE Part 2 exam. His aim is to get into a residency program, which would help him to become a professional dentist in the US.
Dr Ramya Neeli graduated in 2012, obtaining her Bachelor of Dental Sciences degree from NTR University in India. Right after her graduation she worked as an associate dentist for about 3 years in her hometown. After moving to the USA, she started to volunteer at various nonprofit organizations where she helped old, disabled and cancer survivors. She also volunteered as a dental assistant for a few months and later completed an externship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Johns Hospital, Detroit where she was exposed to full-scope oral surgery procedures. She strongly believes in the importance of continuing education and keeping up with the most updated technological advances. Currently she is enrolled in the DPP in Prosthodontics to advance her education and further her knowledge in research. Her goal is to get into an Internationally Trained Dentist Program, enabling her to become an excellent clinician providing the best dental care to her patients.
Dr. Lakshmi Senkumar was born in India. She graduated from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in the year 2004. Since then she joined private practice, working with an experienced general dentist and her team of specialists for 8 years. The invaluable experience she gained from that practice motivated her to establish her own practice. She practiced as a general dentist in her own practice for one and a half years until she moved to the US in November 2014. After moving to the US, she took the National Boards and shadowed at the UMKC School of Dentistry and a general dentists’ office for more than a year. She also volunteered at Smiles Change Lives, which is a non-profit organization providing access to orthodontic treatment to children whose families cannot afford the full cost of braces. Her aim is to pursue a master’s degree in Prosthodontics or Restorative Dentistry and she believes that the Dental Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics is the first step toward achieving her goal.