October 1, 2019
Marlinda Haudley met a female Native American dentist named Tamana Begay six years ago at a summer institute for aspiring medical professionals.
Begay, like Haudley, is a Navajo. Or as Haudley said, Begay was the first physician she’d seen who looked like her.
That meeting changed Haudley’s course. Before, she aspired to be a dental hygienist, serving the Navajo Nation located in the southwestern part of the United States. Now, she’s set out to eventually become a dentist — a feat less than a percent of American Indians attain.
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