I was watching another Diane Keaton movie when I remembered, ‘This is my life.’

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THIS ARTICLE is now out on Medium.

CLICK HERE to read the full story and learn from my aging family moments :p (Note: I am the one doing the aging. Parents remain 40 in the making of this article ;)).

© 2019 Dr. Mirissa D. Price: Harvard Dentist, Author, Improv Comedian.

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“I would be a dentist”

On May 27, I turned 27 as a Harvard dental student. On May 30, I ‘turned into’ a dentist, called to the stage for the first time as Dr. Mirissa Danielle Price, DMD.

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After graduation, in between family gatherings and moving trucks, I started reading my colleagues social media posts. Everyone had a story. Everyone had a struggle they overcame and an interesting twist that brought them to that graduation stage. Everyone’s story deserved a seat under the commencement tent. Not a single person made it to that stage alone.

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For each and every one of us graduating that day, the journey was a challenge. For most of us, it was hardly direct. My aspirations and postgraduate plans shifted along the way. I sought help and guidance, and certainly did not get through the journey without a team, a family, and a newfound community alongside me. Harvard became home. Cambridge became life. Dentistry remained my passion, along with my new morkie puppy and love of country music.

Words could express the gratitude I felt for everyone who guided me to that stage, but there were too many people to thank. Too many names to name as I downsized apartments. Instead, I took to heart the words that my medical school colleague announced in his statement to the audience:

“If you think your name is on this [thank you] list, it is.”

I would add to that, too, if you don’t think your name is on that list, I’m four out of five dentists sure that it is (a statistic of my [finally official] profession). 

In graduating, I thought about writing my story, sharing my journey and thanking the strongest guiding forces along the way. And my choice, instead, was to celebrate US ALL. To celebrate the community that reached graduation together, and share that celebration with THIS POST on the Harvard School of Dental Medicine page.

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To the class of 2019 – whatever stage of education you are in – congratulations! To the community that surrounds this class (so effectively to each and every one of you), a heartfelt congratulations and most sincere thank you. We all did this together.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

My Story of Giving Kids Smiles – A Feature on the American Dental Association Foundation

Every year, Give Kids A Smile provides pain-free smiles to children across the United States.

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It is a true gift and honor to serve as a national Give Kids A Smile Ambassador and help this program grow and reach new heights. Recently, my experience with Give Kids A Smile and with a specific, marvelous young patient was featured on the American Dental Association Foundation website. To learn more about the program and read about my experiences with young Evan, CLICK HERE.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Where the time has gone…

Hi there!

It’s been so long that I posted, that I can’t even remember where we left off. And that’s a good thing, because SO MUCH has happened in this wonderful year!

To start, I currently ‘work’ (as a dental student extern) at the most AMAZING community health center providing dental care. You can read about my experience in cultural barriers and cultural competence at Kevin MD.

CLICK HERE to read the article on KevinMD!

I adopted the sweetest morkie puppy, named Joey. 

And he is coming with me to Tucson to meet his big brother – another morkie – named Sammy! You can follow the fun of this little pup growing older on Instagram. In fact, most of the social media for this website has switched gears from Twitter to Instagram in the recent discovery of this website that everyone else seems to have been using for years :p joey photo.png

I also recently passed my dental licensing examination!!!

With the incredible help of classmates, colleagues, and patients, and the wonderful support of my family and faculty, my entire class passed our licensing credentials. There were some hiccups in the licensing exam day, and we really pulled together as a team to see everyone through. My patient later texted me in utmost gratitude, and I truly feel heartwarmed by the opportunity to provide my three patients with their care. As I told them on licensing day, this is the best FILLING/SIX-TOOTH-CLEANING you will EVER receive. We’re pulling out ALL the stops! #raisingthestandardofcare

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I began posting my ‘Grateful 5’ on facebook every day. 

This is a list of all the little moments and amazing people who made an impact in the past 24 hours. I love sharing this with friends, reflecting on these moments myself, and looking back at all the great days that fill a week! And I encourage each of you to start a gratitude practice of your own. Even if you prefer to keep your lists to yourselves, remember now and then to give that special thanks aloud to someone who impacted your day. Letting them know can truly bring joy to their days, too ♥

As an example, here’s a day when I posted a Grateful *you read that right* TEN!

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And if that weren’t enough …

I found my new apartment to start Pediatric Dental Residency in July, scheduled a graduation/birthday gift trip to Nashville (I turn 27 on May 27! The numerical pattern is oddly titillating), and GRADUATE from Comedy School at ImprovBoston on Monday. You Can Purchase Tickets HERE. 

2019 is a challenging, rewarding, and all-together amazing year.

Here’s to many more exciting moments! (And an attempt to get back to the blogging world :))

What moments have you been grateful for this year? Let’s celebrate them!

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Match Day – A Behind The Scenes View

Today was Match Day,

a day when I found out I would be training as a pediatric dental resident at Harvard-Boston Children’s Hospital.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes view, and the words that simply could not be enough to humbly, and overwhelmingly say ‘Thank You.’

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CLICK HERE to read the latest article on Medium.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.