GREENVILLE — A Pembroke resident recently received a scholarship from the Society of American Indian Dentists to study dental medicine.
Brianna Chavis-Locklear is a second-year student at the East Carolina School of Dental Medicine and a student member of the Society of American Indian Dentists. She received a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina. The scholarship from the Society of American Indian Dentists is sponsored by Proctor and Gamble.
“My main goal is to bring positive change through oral health care to the lives of other American Indians as well as other underserved North Carolinians,” Chavis-Locklear said.
She hopes to serve as a role model for American Indians who are considering pursuing dentistry.
“We are particularly proud of students like Brianna, who plan to use their skills as dentists to meet oral health needs within their own communities,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, the dental school’s vice dean and associate dean for Student Affairs.
Chavis-Locklear serves as class representative to the ECU Student Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. As an undergraduate at UNC, she was banquet co-chair for the Carolina Indian Circle, minority advisor for the minority advising program, and service coordinator for the Undergraduate Student National Dental Association.
During her fourth-year of dental school, she and her classmates will gain hands-on clinical experience treating patients during rotations at the school’s community service learning centers in eight rural and underserved communities across North Carolina, including a center on N.C. 711 just west of Lumberton.