Courtney Van Laten
As a student:She is a May 2012 graduate from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
On a daily basis:Currently, her hygiene schedule is divided between three dental practices - Impressive Smiles of Arlington Heights, Philip Fijal, DDS, and Associates, and Olde Schaumburg Dental. "What I enjoy the most about my career is being able to help my patients look at their mouths as part of their whole body, not just an isolated area. Being able to watch someone smile with confidence has not only enhanced his or her quality of life, but has enriched mine too!"
About me:She runs for exercise in her spare time. "My mother is a horticulturist and has taught me to love nature. I have a passion for the outdoors and can often be found hiking, enjoying nature, and helping animals. The significant others in my life are my parents - who have been there to support me no matter what - my wonderful boyfriend of one year, Ben, and my grandmother, Ann. I also have four family dogs, three chihuahuas and an Italian Greyhound."
Cover photography by Dwight Cendrowski