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GOHI Inspires Student’s Career Path


Last summer Bari Levine traveled with other Temple University students to the medical and dental clinics at La Sagrada Familia Orphanage outside Lima, Peru. The orphanage houses nearly 800 children.

Bari Levine

Bari Levine, Temple University Dental Student with Children at Orphanage in Lima, Peru
 

She proudly gave toothbrushes and toothpaste after conducting oral health education and left the trip committed to return again.

After much fundraising and hard work she returned to the orphanage with her mother, frater Dr. Sheryl Radin, a Temple-trained pediatric dentist and three other Temple dental students, Michael Saba, Maira Estrada, and Julia DeLuca.

Over the past several months, Levine has developed a tooth brushing program that will be implemented at the orphanage. The goals of the program are to improve the oral health knowledge of the children and the supervisors so as to reduce dental problems in that population. Throughout the implementation of the project she will collect data to support her written thesis on the outcomes of the program.

These trips and influence of her dentist parents led Levine to the realization that dentists directly improve the health, quality of life, and confidence of their patients which is unparalleled to most professions.

At Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry Levine is earning a Masters in Public Health and her dental degree through a dual DMD/MPH program. In free time, she has helped re-establish the Alpha Omega chapter and she currently serves as the AO Treasurer while working to help supporting the US Foundation.