Minute with a Member
National Alumni Society Member
Name: Jennifer Hirsch Doobrow, DMD
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Certificate in Periodontics; 2010
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Current town: Birmingham, AL and Practice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Cullman, AL
Current employer and job: President and CEO of Periodontal and Implant Associates, Inc.
What is your favorite UAB memory? Talladega (on my birthday) with all of my Co-Residents.
How has UAB impacted your life? After the sudden loss of my father (a UAB trained periodontist as well) between my 1st and 2nd year of a 3-year residency, the mentorship I received from the faculty was the main reason I was able to finish my residency and begin my career. Without the faculty’s support and compassion, I do not know if I would have been able to finish my program.
What made you choose your current profession? I have been exposed to Dentistry my entire life through both my parents. Early on I was able to recognize the impact they had on so many lives and wanted to replicate that same feeling in my daily living.
What lessons has your professional life taught you? We all need to take a step back and have real conversations. Turn off your smart-phones and tablets and get back to talking with individuals in our lives. I have learned more from getting to know my patients and the trials and tribulations in their lives than any book could ever teach. It makes us realize how much we take for granted when we let life just pass us by.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? Spend as much time with my family as possible.
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? The one my husband has a patent pending on…..stay tuned!
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? 1) Bring back my father, 2) Continue to live a healthy and prosperous life, and 3) watch my son grow up to be the successful and amazing man I know he will be.
If you could go back to any age…which age and why? At 19 I was a cheerleader for the University of Georgia. I would love to be in front of all 93,000 football fans one more time.
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Walt Disney: Because he had a vision that he turned into a reality. And he was not afraid to make people smile along the way.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? Ignorance
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Height
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, honesty, and humility.
Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life? Audrey Hepburn
What is your motto? “Life’s too short, enjoy every minute of it to it’s fullest”
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “There are no such things as strangers, only friends we haven’t met yet” (my husband taught me this).
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? My dad passed away from complications of HOCM (Athlete’s Heart), a disease known to take too many young individuals’ lives while participating in athletic events. I would like to start a non-profit devoted to screening all young athletes for this problem, before it takes another life.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Australia and New Zealand - to see if the water in the toilet really spins the opposite way!
What is something you are proud of and why? My Son Hampton, he is the most amazing thing that I have had a hand in creating.
What is the last book you read? And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
What things do you not like to do? Go in elevators and small enclosed spaces
Where would you go in a time machine? Back to the moment my son was born, just to be able to experience all of the amazing emotions again
What 3 items would you take to a desert island other than food and water? An album with all my family pictures, a satellite phone, a recorder that has all of my family members voices on it.
Student Alumni Society Member
Name: Jessie Chu
Graduation Year: 2012
Hometown: Vestavia Hills
Why did you choose to attend UAB? As a high school student I was almost certain I wanted to pursue dentistry. It was a combination of luck, opportunity, and God’s timing when I was accepted into the Early Dental School Acceptance Program at UAB. The competitiveness and outstanding history of the Early Medical School Acceptance Program along with UAB’s strong natural science curriculum truly was the reason I chose to attend this amazing school.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? I had so many amazing professors, but I think I’d have to say Dr. March. He was a great teacher – very patient and understanding. He truly cares about his students.
What is your favorite UAB memory? I loved dorm life!
How has UAB impacted your life? UAB is a part of my life. As a current dental student, I love the community UAB possesses. Some of my closest friends were made during my undergraduate career and I will cherish the fun (and silly) memories always.
What is your current state of mind? Hungry. Does that count? I know it’s my stomach, not my mind.
What do you do for fun? I love to hang out with my little brother who’s in 7th grade, although I don’t think he reciprocates my feelings exactly. I love to shop most of all – it’s an addiction.
Who are your heroes in real life? My parents. This sounds super cliché, but they have been my role models and my support every day of my life.
If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? At the moment, I think I would study and sleep more! No matter how many days I study before an exam, I never feel ready!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I’d love to apparate.
What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? Cellphones are amazing.
What are your future goals? I hope to have a dental practice. I also want to continue mission work through dentistry.
What would be your ultimate dream job? I’m not sure yet - either general dentistry or orthodontics.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be? My friend Caroline. I met her when I studied abroad in England my senior year of undergrad, and she is from Paris, France. I would love to be living there!
What three items would you take to a desert island other than food and water? A friend, boat, and paddle
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? Hunger. Food usually makes people happier.
What’s the best advice you ever received? Wisdom comes from the Lord.