Joining a tradition of healing

Convocation grad profile: Katie Muise, dentistry

- May 25, 2012

Katie Muise, dentistry grad. (Danny Abriel photo)
Katie Muise, dentistry grad. (Danny Abriel photo)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Faculty of Dentistry and Katie Muise couldn’t be happier.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of such a remarkable group of people. Everyone has worked so hard to get to where we are,” says Ms. Muise. “We’ve gone through a lot together and have had a lot of fun too.”

Ms. Muise graduates with a doctorate in dental surgery and like her sister, who is a nurse, looks forward to continuing the family tradition of helping and healing, a tradition she embraced during her studies at Dalhousie.

“In fourth year, I took part in the dental public health elective which aims to provide dental care to underprivileged populations. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Hopedale, N.L., where we offered dental care to the Inuit people,” says Ms. Muise. “We worked long hours to service a great need, but the people of Hopedale were so hospitable and appreciative it didn’t seem like work.”

Ms. Muise says that while learning the skills required to become a great practitioner can be very demanding, the faculty went above and beyond to ensure all graduates can be proud of and confident in their work. “I don’t think the admissions committee could have done a better job at selecting and supporting the Faculty of Dentistry’s 100th graduating class.”

Hailing from Sydney, N.S., Ms. Muise will return to Cape Breton after graduating with her doctorate of dental surgery to work alongside Dr. Ron Chafe (DDS’85) at a family clinic in downtown Sydney.


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