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Roots run deep for UND grad and future dentist

First dental school, then work as an Indian Health Service dentist, says UND Leader in Action Merrick McMahon

UND Biology and Pre-Dentistry graduate Merrick McMahon found great mentors along with new confidence and leadership skills at UND. Now, he wants to give back to Native American communities. Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

Merrick McMahon grew up watching his oral surgeon dad at work, so there were plenty of exciting things to see — extracting teeth, placing implants, fixing jaws that didn’t work quite right. Full of questions, he wanted to “know everything about everything.”

And one thing Merrick noticed very young was the disparity in access to quality health care at a nearby reservation. As a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, he wanted to change that by earning his degree in Biology (Pre-Dentistry) at UND.

“I want to give back to the community. These are my people,” he said.

Merrick tells his story.    

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