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Two Warren Brandli Leadership Interns Are Named for 2015

Drew Colantino was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. Drew graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in business. After working in the world of marketing and advertising in New York City, he decided to redirect his career path, choosing dentistry for its unique integration of science, art and hand skills in a manner that improves the lives of others. Drew received his DMD degree from Harvard University, where he was involved in outreach programs to assess and
provide care to undeserved and underrepresented sub-populations throughout Massachusetts and Vermont. His post-doctoral training includes completing a general practice residency at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where he focused on treating the diverse oral health needs of medically compromised veterans. He is currently a second year pediatric dental resident in San Diego through Lutheran Medical Center. He is currently looking for employment opportunities in California.

Amita Ruehe is a third year pediatric dentistry resident at UCSF. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCSD and studied abroad in England while she was in college. Amita decided to become a dentist through her volunteer work at free dental clinics in San Diego. She graduated from the UCSF School of Dentistry in 2010 and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. Amita realized her desire to become a pediatric dentist during her General Dentistry Residency (GPR) program at the Community Regional Medical Centers in Fresno, CA. Upon graduation from the GPR program, she worked in Central California and in the Bay Area providing dental care to the under-served and low-income pediatric patients. She hopes to continue providing quality care to the under-served pediatric population after she becomes a pediatric dentist. In November 2014, Amita and her husband Eric welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Iyla, into their family.
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