Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson

D.H. Class of 2012

As a native of Mechanicsville, Va., who has held several jobs in dental clinics around Richmond, Megan Wilson knows firsthand just how highly regarded the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry is by area dentists.

“I’ve always heard a lot of good things about VCU, particularly its School of Dentistry,” Wilson said. “In fact, most of the dentists I’ve worked for have been VCU graduates. Any one of them would love to hire a dental hygienist that’s graduated from VCU because they know what we go through.”

In addition to the positive feedback from co-workers, seeing the need for dental hygienists in the Richmond area also led Wilson to the VCU School of Dentistry.

“Working for an oral surgery group in Richmond, I saw a lot of people losing their teeth at a very early age,” she said. “It really made me want to pursue a profession where I could help out and prevent this from occurring.”

A senior in the dental hygiene program, Wilson participates in a number of student organizations. She serves as a chair in the Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, where she manages community involvement and organizes outreach programs in locations such as The Salvation Army. Wilson also has represented VCU as a delegate at Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association meetings.

“Participating in these organizations has been really beneficial because you get to communicate with others within the dental profession and hear their ideas,” Wilson said. “I’ve met a lot of great people and it’s given me more opportunities for community outreach.”

Wilson also serves as the president of her class, is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and will soon be inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.