Pre-Dental Alumni Success Stories

Randolph-Macon alumni in graduate school, and those with healthcare careers all agree: their R-MC education paved the way for their success. Through a challenging curriculum, one-on-one attention from professors who truly care, and a dedicated staff, the R-MC experience prepares students for success.

  • Brad Plasha ’12, third-year student at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Brad PlashaPlasha, who at Randolph-Macon majored in chemistry and minored in biology and classical studies, says he chose dentistry because he enjoys working with his hands and helping people. His R-MC education prepared him well for life as a graduate student. “I had a lot of opportunities at Randolph-Macon,” he says. “I participated in many clubs, played soccer, and participated in the SURF research program. All of these experiences helped me grow as a student and as a person. I had great professors, too, who helped guide me toward my goals.”

  • Dr. Tyler Ball, D.D.S., ’08, Associate Dentist, Progressive Dental of Mechanicsville, Virginia

Tyler BallBall, who majored in biology and minored in religious studies and chemistry at R-MC, earned his D.D.S. from the VCU School of Dentistry. “My father is a dentist who practices in an area that is extremely under-served,” he says. “He took the idea of ‘family practice’ to another level.  Because the town is so small, he is always recognized, and family and friends are always walking through the office doors. I wanted to have the same relationship with my clientele. I felt the same ‘call’ to practice dentistry.” Ball says R-MC’s challenging curriculum, research opportunities, and extracurricular activities made for a wonderful college experience. “I also participated in a Senior Capstone research project; that was a foreign assignment to me, as I had no prior experience in a laboratory. It is always important to expand your comfort zone and try new things. I did well with my research, but it would not have happened without Professor Jim Foster’s guidance and patience.  He was the primary reason I was accepted into dental school.” Ball also played for the football team. “Coach Pedro Arruza was and is a wonderful influence on me,” he says. “Football taught me to endure, and that it is okay to depend on others; both of which are extremely important in order to be successful.  R-MC gave me the necessary tools to live happily.  I love this school and am forever indebted to it.”