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Dental Students Feel Inspired, Grateful for New Pathways

November 3, 2021
by University of Manitoba


Ex-physio has ‘big goal’ to improve access to dental care

Terrell Okotcha has experienced the severe pain of being injured on the football field.

But he says the agony he suffered from untreated dental issues was worse.

“I’ve had a torn ACL [knee ligament],” recalls the former high-school athlete. “I’ve had musculoskeletal pain. But dental pain can be 10-out-of-10 pain.”

The Winnipeg-born Okotcha is a first-year dental student at the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. When he was growing up, his immigrant parents were focused on essentials for the family. He didn’t receive the oral health care he now realizes he needed.

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