Student spotlight - Meet Rafaila Ramirez

Image with caption: Rafaila Ramirez
Rafaila Ramirez
Education is one of the four pillars of UNMC's mission, and our students are the lifeblood of that aspect of campus life.

In UNMC Today's Student Spotlight, we get to know some of these students, who will become tomorrow's health care professionals. Today we meet:.

  • Name: Rafaila Ramirez
  • Hometown: Lexington, Neb.
  • Program/year: Dental/Class of 2017

List three songs on your playlist.

  • "Set Fire to the Rain," by Adele
  • "Waka Waka," by Shakira
  • "Halo," by Beyonce

What sparked your interest in dentistry?
I became interested in dentistry when I saw how much of an impact our family dentist, Dr. Tom Fagot, had in my mom's oral health. He not only gave my mom the necessary oral care she needed to prevent her from having all her teeth extracted, but he also educated her on the importance of keeping up with her oral care. Throughout her experience, I not only enjoyed watching her toothaches diminish but seeing her regain the confidence to smile again. It was through my mom's personal experience that I decided I also wanted to use the knowledge and skills one is educated with in this profession to help make a difference in someone else's lifestyle -- because who knows, along the way you may not just impact one person, but an entire family, which is what Dr. Tom Fagot did for us.

Your favorite study snack is:

Your favorite app is:

Three things people may not know about you:

  • I taught my puppy how to play hide and seek.
  • I have never broken a bone in my body.
  • I do not know how to swim.


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Taylor Maier
November 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Atta Girl Rafi! Way to Represent!

Lennie Ambler
November 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

She was an excellent young lady to have in class!!!!! Doesn't surprise me at all that she's been successful in her studies!!!!! LA

Jennifer Alexander
November 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Yay, Rafi!!! You are too cute. Such nice words about Doc Tom. Hope school is going well for you! Stop in and say "hi" next time you are in town. :)

Betsy Noller
November 12, 2013 at 7:45 AM

We are so incredibly proud of you here in Lex, Rafe........we love you! from the Counseling Staff at LHS

Michele McKeone
November 11, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Rafalia - Hello from Lexington High School. Know that the counseling office is cheering you on and in your honor we will continue to brush and floss daily! Keep studying and we will always be your #1 cheerleaders.

Antonia Correa
November 08, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Bravo Rafalia! Just to let you know that you have friends in the College of Public Health, Center for Reducing Health Disparities. If you come to Omaha, come and visit us!