Mishaun Sahebi first knew he wanted to pursue dentistry while a junior in high school.

“I fell in love with the artistic intimacy and mutual trust that developed between the dentist and the patient,” said Sahebi, who served as class president for the DDS Class of 2017 all four years of dental school.

Sahebi believes that his respect for the profession and doing what he was passionate about helped guide him through his dental education.

“As hard as times may become just trust in the love you found for what you want to do and who you want to be and continue putting one foot in front of the other towards whatever your goal may be,” Sahebi said.

During his dental school career, Sahebi was honored with the Dental Student Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Student Leadership Award from Delta Dental.

After graduation, the Oregon-born Sahebi will leave the West Coast behind to embark on a six-year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, where he will also work toward his doctor of medicine degree.

“I hope that my classmates remember me as someone who aimed to put humility above all in my thoughts and actions towards peers, faculty, staff and patients.”

— Yasmine Pezeshkpour