National Alumni Society Member
Name: Mark J. Bronsky
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): DMD, MS (DMD degree 1987)
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Current town: New York, NY
Current employer and job: Bronsky Orthodontics NYC (Mark J. Bronsky, DMD, MS, P.C.)
What is your favorite UAB memory? The friends I made at UAB SOD (fellow students, staff, and faculty) and developing relationships with the professors. The close friendships I was able to develop outside of the dental school community have also been transformative and meaningful in the long-term.
How has UAB impacted your life? The SOLID dental education serves me well every day of my life. The friends I made in Alabama continue to be some of the best friends of my life.
What made you choose your current profession? Family association. My father was an orthodontist!
What lessons has your professional life taught you? In addition to learning the joys of helping my patients get healthier and live better lives, the profession has taught me how to function in the business world and the world at large.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? I would spend more time with my family. Our boys are only a few years away from college and there never seems to be enough time with them or my wife, Jodi. I would also spend LOTS more time exercising and seeing friends/relatives, reading books, and TRAVELING!!!
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? All things APPLE -iPhone, Laptops, iMacs, iPads, etc.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be? 1. Health and happiness for my family and friends, 2. To be able to take care of my family - to optimize their lives in every way. 3. (To quote Steve Jobs) “To make a dent in the Universe.”
If you could go back to any age, which age would it be and why? Probably 15. That is when my awareness of the world started and it would be interesting and fun to return there with the knowledge and experience that I have now.
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Winston Churchill - he found ways to persevere and work through monumental problems and ultimately succeed against all odds.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? To cure cancer of all types, specifically pancreatic cancer, as I could have kept my father alive longer and eliminated his pain and suffering.
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Loyalty.
What is your motto? “You can do this.”
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “Frame every difficult situation as an opportunity to learn and grow."
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? A foundation to fight child obesity and promote healthy food awareness to patients of all ages.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would go to Iceland to hike and experience the natural beauty.
What is something you are proud of and why? I am proud of our boys. They are thoughtful, respectful, and diligent young men. I am also proud of my ongoing relationships with my mom (Shirley), wife, relatives, and lifelong friends.
What is the last book you read? The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan
Student Alumni Society Member
Name: Morgan Blalock Taylor
Graduation Year(s): 2014, 2018
Major(s): Biology, Dentistry
Hometown: Athens, AL
Why did you choose to attend UAB? UAB is always growing, always changing. The first thing I noticed about UAB is its push for research and innovation. That was both exciting and motivating for me. There is no excuse to ever be static or bored here.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? Dr. Thane Wibbels. Within five minutes of meeting Dr. Wibbels, it’s clear that he is passionate about what he does. He is so excited to lecture you at 8:00 in the morning, that you can’t help but be excited to go to class and chime in.
What is your favorite UAB memory? We had a snow storm in January of my junior year. Classes were cancelled and everyone was outside all day playing in the snow. We had so much fun!
How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has given me the confidence, capability, and the opportunity to pursue my lifelong dreams. I am grateful for the challenging undergraduate classes and wonderful teachers who made the transition to professional school so much easier.
What is your current state of mind? Hanging on until summer break!
Who are your heroes in real life? My parents and my husband.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Ability to converse with animals.
What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? Whitening strips. I’ll never kick my tea habit!
What are your future goals? Make a difference in others’ lives while practicing dentistry, host a family Thanksgiving or Christmas, develop a green thumb.
What would be your ultimate dream job? Dentist!
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fiction, with whom would it be? Any of the twelve disciples.
What three items would you take to a deserted island other than food and water? A historical fiction novel, camera, and a toothbrush.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? Beyonce’s “I Was Here”
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? I’d put an end to all child abuse and domestic violence. Our children are our hope for the future.
What’s the best advice you ever received? My parents have always taught me I can be anything or anybody I want. Don’t settle and never give up. Also if you’re going to do something, do the best you can. If you’re not going to do your best, don’t waste your time or anyone else’s.