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December 2018 - School of Dentistry
National Alumni Society Member


Name: Dr. T. Bob Davis

Degree and Graduation Year: DMD  1967

Hometown: Troy, AL

Current town: Dallas, TX

Current employer and job: Self-employed as solo private general dentistry practitioner

What is your favorite UAB memory? The Baptist Student Union Building Activities where the dental and medical students interacted, we ate together on Tuesday evenings with a great speaker. I got to play the piano for some of them and study in their study areas. Occasionally when the building heat went up during study time I got to sleep on those desks with my head on the book thinking I could learn that way by absorption—ha!

What made you choose your current profession? I wanted to be in the health care professions and dentistry would allow me to practice all week while pursuing my piano musical talent on the weekends. It has been a perfect match.

What lessons has your professional life taught you? We have the very best and top job in America—that is what my professional life has taught me.

If you were given the opportunity to spend 48 hours with absolutely anyone (living or dead), who would you spend it with and what would you do? I would spend it with Jesus in His day and time since He has made the most impact on this world.

What song (if any) are you listening to? I carry a song in my head most all the time since I am a musician and “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” is in my head at the moment of this writing.

If you could have a new talent, what would you want? If I had a chance of a new talent I would want the lowest bass voice currently known for singing and I would sing in a quartet!

Describe your favorite pair of shoes you own now: On a whim this summer, I bought two pair of different shades of blue suede shoes.

I really wish __________ hadn’t been invented. I really wish extremely hard candy and popcorn kernels had never been invented for patient’s sake!

Describe your day in a six word sentence. Dynamic, purposeful, life changing, mentoring, memorable.

What do you love most about what you get to do every day? Interacting with people at every level as a dental professional, as a musician, as a family man, as a Christian and as an encourager to all I meet.

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? The new green shrubbery immediately to my right against my house front window at the end of my home office desk where I am typing these responses.

Student Alumni Society Member


Name: Farah Jiwani

Graduation Year: 2021

Major: Dentistry

Hometown: Hoover, AL

Why did you choose to attend UAB? UAB continues to strive to be the best. It’s a friendly and welcoming campus and allows you to be yourself. UAB always provides you with opportunities to help you succeed and ensure your success!

Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far (and why)? Dr. Maninder Kaur. She truly shares her passion in teaching with you and has the talent for it. Dr. Kaur has always been an inspiring role model for me with the way she conducts herself and manages her work-life balance. In addition, she is so friendly, can have a conversation with anyone, and wants the best for all of her students.

What is your favorite UAB memory? Sleepovers with best friends in the dorms throughout undergrad would by far be my favorite UAB memory.

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB allowed me to embrace my passion for diversity and run with it. Through UAB, I have been able to learn so much about my peers and the world and use that to spread knowledge to others.

If you were on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do? Say, “Tell me your life story”.

What is one of your favorite song lyrics (and who is it by)? “Oh I’m a mess right now, inside out”- Ed Sheeran

The store I frequent the most is __________. Anthropologie

Describe your day in a six word sentence. I question. I learn. I’m happy.

What word do you overuse most? Sleep

The best kind of cake is __________. Cheesecake!

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? A shrub.

Who are the people who make your life better? My parents, brothers, friends, classmates, and professors!

What is the best advice you ever received? “Write down 5 or 6 things that are like goals or things you want to improve on. Every day you need to be working towards those things. You need to take joy in those little victories everyday so you have something to laugh on when it’s not so great everyday. Happiness is the process not the finish line.” - My elder brother