Holly Breeggemann

January 4, 2007

Many people can barely tolerate a visit to the dentist's office, but the dreaded sound of the dentist's drill doesn't bother College of Saint Benedict senior, Holly Breeggemann.

Since her junior year of high school, Breeggemann has worked at O'Brien Dental Care, located in her hometown of Shakopee, Minn. She helps with everything from sterilizing dental instruments to providing assistance to doctors.

Breeggemann, a biology major in the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University pre-dentistry program, says she loves being able to assist the doctors because it reassures her that dentistry is what she loves and wants to pursue for the rest of her life.

"I love seeing a patient's smile prior to dental work and then being able to help restore their smile, so that he or she feels more confident in themselves," she said.

Breeggeman has worked at O'Brien Dental Care, in Shakopee, Minn., since she was in high school. She has had the opportunity to experience a lot of the elements of dental care through her time there.

On campus, Breeggemann serves as the president of the biology club and the pre-dental club. She credits her rigorous coursework and extra-curricular involvement at CSB/SJU with helping her achieve a goal she's been working towards since junior high school - receiving acceptance into Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb.

"I cannot explain the feeling I had after finding out I was accepted into Creighton," she said. "I cried from excitement most of the day. It is such a relief to know that all of my hard work has paid off."

According to Breeggemann, she's looking forward to moving one step closer to her next goal. She'd like to return full-circle and work at O'Brien Dental Care after dental school.

"As much as I love my time and friends here at CSB/SJU and don't want to leave, I am so excited to move forward and begin another part of my life at Creighton," she said. "I feel confident that the skills and tools I have gained here (at CSB/SJU) will help me out in the future."

Holly Breeggemann

Major: Biology
Pre-dentistry program