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Teammate – Jamie Holden, D12

It was when he snapped off half a tooth in a high school hockey game that goalie Jamie Holden, D12, first thought of becoming a dentist. Fitted with a composite, he “went from having a space to having a smile again,” he recalls. Hockey earned him a scholarship to Quinnipiac—where he excelled on and off the ice as Top Scholar-Athlete in the Atlantic Hockey Association—and then a stint with the pros in the San Jose Sharks system. “Yet I always had it in the back of my mind to go to dental school,” he says. Jamie earned a merit scholarship to the School of Dental Medicine, where as a fourth-year student, he’s a teaching assistant in the predoctoral clinics. He has applied for a general practice residency next year, drawn, he says, by the opportunity to serve patients with disabilities who might not otherwise get care. “Jamie has told me what it meant to him as a pro hockey player to buy a load of Christmas presents and hand them out at a children’s hospital,” says his clinic supervisor, Dave Leader, D.M.D., associate clinical professor of dentistry. “He enjoys making other people feel better.”