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  • Sara Almoazen

Talk with a Professional: Dr.Manar Kabbani

On January 15, 2021, Pleasant View School students were invited to listen to the monthly “Talk with a Professional” program sponsored by the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis. The host of this program, Dr. Hassan Almoazen, interviews professionals in different career fields every month. The interviews allow students and parents to learn and gain more knowledge about various career paths.

The guest speaker of the month of January was Dr. Manar Kabbani, a general dentist currently residing in Dallas, TX. His passion for serving others through healthcare, hands-on work, and an entrepreneurial spirit for business led him to pursue Dentistry. He was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Peace Academy, Tulsa's only Islamic private school. After completing an associate's degree at the local community college, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at The University of Oklahoma. A few years later he completed a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.

The interview starts off with Dr.Manar Kabbani discussing what led him to find the career field he was most interested in. His first interest was in medicine but since he was more of a visual, hands-on learner, who wanted to have the ability of a flexible structure, he found dentistry as a more comfortable specialty for him. He shadowed many dentists and that's when he made the decision to become a dentist because he found it most suitable for him. It’s very important for high school students to remember that as they get closer to starting college to choose a career path that they are comfortable with and passionate about. Even though you might be set on one field of study, there is a possibility you might change your mind. This is why shadowing specific career professionals is very beneficial. Shadowing gives insight into how it feels and the work and dedication for that career field. Always remember to choose a field of study that you are passionate about, comfortable with, and suit you the most.

Dr. Manar Kabbani goes on to discuss the rough path it was working towards becoming a dentist. He says, “ I mean what really nobody tells you about it is it's a long journey, so you have to be prepared for that, it really takes a physical toll and a mental toll on you. I mean you just really need to have tough skin to be able to get through that.” This isn't meant to discourage any students interested in dentistry. Rather it serves as a reminder to be aware of the reality of this tough career path. He then discusses the Dental Admission Test (DAT), which is similar to the MCAT used for admission to medical school. This test is stressful and requires knowledge on different scientific subjects such as chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology.

The interview goes on to talk about his experience at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry for 4 years and the general aspects of dentistry, like the vast areas of specialization. Each area differs from the other and the amount of years it takes to study varies for each area.

To watch the full interview, students can visit Masjid Arrahman’s Youtube channel or check out this link: Talk with a Professional w/ Dr. Manar Kabbani


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