‘Good things come from doing good things’

 In Writing
Ido Almog, OHSU dental student, 2024
Dental graduate who wants to heal the world is about to embark on his career

When Ido Almog was in high school, he shadowed a veterinarian, as part of an exploratory project into the sciences. It was tough seeing animals in pain, but cleaning their teeth sparked his interest. That experience eventually ignited his passion for helping people experiencing pain.

“Healing the world is what I grew up to believe,” he said. “Good things come from doing good things.”

Almog started his undergraduate work studying pre-veterinary medicine at Oregon State University but quickly switched to biology health sciences with a minor in chemistry and business/entrepreneurship.

On June 2, the 26-year-old is graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the OHSU School of Dentistry. He’ll be joining a dental practice in Redding, California, where he intends to promote preventive care and healthy behaviors, and work toward breaking down access barriers to dental services.

Dedicated to mission

Almog and his family immigrated from Israel when he was 8 years old. Both of his parents landed jobs at Intel, in Hillsboro, Oregon, so they moved their four boys from Mevaseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem, to Beaverton.

STEM runs through the veins of his family; aside from his parents’ professional careers, one brother is a doctor in emergency medicine, one is an engineer and the youngest is studying engineering and law with an interest in a career in patent law. His parents encouraged their children to be curious, solve problems on their own and be involved in their community.

For most of his life, Almog has been helping others—from volunteering with the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Special Olympics to the Boy Scouts. His parents’ support and his life experiences have motivated him.

“Being exposed to attacks at 8 years old when I was in Israel, I saw how people needed help,” he said.

While in dental school, he served as president of the American Student Dental Association. Part of his role involved talking with high schoolers about dentistry as a career and demonstrating to elementary schoolchildren how to take care of their teeth.

Part of an OHSU dental education in the final year is participating in external rotations. Almog practiced at the Neighborhood Health Center in Hillsboro, where he completed more procedures in a week than he did in a month in the OHSU dental clinic. Root canals, removable prosthodontics, crown and bridge preps and other procedures were part of his experience.

“It makes me feel good to help people,” he said. “The experience confirmed my passion for serving underserved communities and inspired me to continue making a meaningful impact through dentistry.”

Got your back

The School of Dentistry program has lived up to Almog’s expectations. He looked at 12 schools before deciding on OHSU. He only applied to the OHSU School of Dentistry.

“Dental school is not easy. OSHU has done a good job relieving some of the tension,” he said. “The faculty have our backs.”

One example, he noted, is that students get exposed to and can assist with many types of dental specialties, like surgery on a complicated root canal.

“This will help us in the future; we’ll know when we need to refer a patient and when to take the case on our own.”

Should you see Almog at commencement on June 2, he may be the one helping someone to their seat or asking how their day is going. That’s just who he is. As a dentist, he’ll have daily opportunities to heal the world.

Photos, left to right,

Ido Almog ’24 in the Robertson Life Sciences Building on the south waterfront campus. Ido enjoys giving back to the community by caring for young patients such as at the Give Kids a Smile day clinic.

Story by Rhonda Morin, APR

First published on May 23, 2024, at OHSU Now
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