Breana Dieringer, DDS

Class of 2019, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program
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“Dentistry becomes real when you finally get to provide patient care. It is a special day when you finally get to bring academic and clinical skills together.”

Where did you earn your undergraduate degree and in what?

WVU School of Dentistry Department of Dental Hygiene, BSDH

What made you want to earn your DDS or BSDH?

After working as a hygienist for six years, I knew I wanted to further my knowledge and skill in the dental profession. I love dental hygiene and I knew I would love dentistry even more.

Why do it at WVU?

After working as a hygienist for six years, I knew I wanted to further my knowledge and skill in the dental profession. I love dental hygiene and I knew I would love dentistry even more.

What particular part of our program has been your favorite and why?

The Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation has given me opportunities to try the latest equipment and materials. The Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET) exposes and prepares students to what private practice after graduation is like. 

What are you proudest of from your educational time at WVU School of Dentistry?

I am most proud of the closeness each class gets to experience. Dental students here become family and will continue to be so even after graduation. 

What is it like to be providing direct patient care after just two years into classes?

Dentistry becomes real when you finally get to provide patient care. It is a special day when you finally get to bring academic and clinical skills together. 

What school related events or activities did you enjoy most and why?

There are always opportunities to engage in health fairs and community service events. There are also many events with the School of Dentistry Alumni Association in which you get to meet many WVU alumni members and learn more about organized dentistry.

Describe your rural rotation experience and how you think it benefited you.

I was able to serve my hometown in Grafton, WV. I enjoyed getting to go back to my home and treat many of the individuals and work with a dentist I have known for many years. 

How have the faculty been supportive of your goals and helped to set you up for success?

There have been many faculty members encouraging me through my journey through dental hygiene and dentistry. Being a mother and a full-time student has been a challenge and without the support of faculty, family, and classmates it would not have been possible. I am so thankful to have such a great support team beside me.

Where will your DDS or BSDH take you after commencement, what are you looking forward to?

I will be practicing in rural WV with a dentist who I have known the majority of my life. Lynnel Beauchesne, DDS, was my gymnastics coach growing up and now she will continue to be my mentor in dentistry. I look forward to serving the patients in WV and am eager to begin my dental career.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am a MOM. I have 4-year-old daughter named Brinzlee.

What would you tell someone considering WVU School of Dentistry?

"If you can dream it, you can achieve it." and WVU SOD is a great place to fulfill that dream.

Read about Breana's research into orthodontia treatment.

Breana Dieringer and her daughter speak with Dr. Robert Wanker at a scholarship ceremony.