MARTIN RABINOVICH – I LOVE AND HAVE A PASSION FOR HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED
It is something that’s been a part of my life.
Growing up with my twin brother and being raised by a single mother, I’ve seen and experienced a fair share of struggle and sacrifice. Fortunately, being raised with amazing parenting and getting a great education, I, along with my twin brother, got accepted into professional health schools. I attend dental school and my brother is an Orthopedic Surgeon first year resident at Lenox Hill Hospital, NY. Together we strive to take our knowledge and skills of healing to people who are less fortunate and don’t have a way of accessing healthcare and education.
I am grateful for having the chance of going abroad and making a difference that will impact a person forever. It is something that I have yearned and strived for through hard work, motivation and perseverance. Going to a place where things such as dentistry is practically unheard of is quite humbling and gratifying. As a student of medicine, you dream and picture in your mind of making a difference where people respect you for your healing power and will one day look up to you.
I went to Costa Rica on a mission trip to spread my passion and to one day make an impact on a child that I would treat, having the same imagination as I did, and maybe one day proudly wear a white coat in front of his family.
Traveling overseas to Costa Rica this past winter was a one of a kind opportunity. I experienced a chance to start my goal as a doctor, and bring my dental expertise and passion to heal, to various impoverished villages such as Martina Bustos and Talamanca where there is no access to schools or healthcare systems, especially dental care. The people of these villages have no property titles, so there is no way institutions can help with housing, health care or school systems. Inhabitants only work opportunities are limited to gathering recyclable wastes or agricultural work. As a future health care professional, solidarity is key and something I am privileged to respect. My goal is accomplished and I gave something from myself (dental education, knowledge and skills) to the benefit of the children and families of those needy communities. On this mission trip I educated families in proper oral hygiene in order to prevent future oral health problems. I performed necessary extractions of infected teeth, fill decayed teeth and sealed potential cavities that could have led to serious complications such as Ludwig’s Angina or periodontal disease. Dental health is linked to systemic health and diagnosing/finding oral health pathologies can diagnose systemic problems as well.
How did you become interested in your career?
Martin – I love helping people, uplifting their self-esteem, and changing their lives. The best part about dentistry is the special relationship you are able to build with your patients.
What are some of the challenges that you deal with in reaching for your goals?
Martin – There are so many ways to treat patients, finding “the right” way to plan a treatment for a patient may look simple but is actually incredibly difficult. You have to combine your expertise and skills to match the patient’s wants and needs.
What are some of the most interesting places you’ve traveled to for your projects?
Martin – I’ve provided dental care in many local communities in my area and screened hundreds of patients through my services to them. Traveling on a dental mission to Liberia and Los Chiles Costa Rica was an amazing experience as well.
What’s one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had while doing your work?
Martin – Everyday is a memorable experience because it’s a new challenge.
What would you say is one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in your life, career?
Martin – The kind of impact you can make on people with your personality, your hands and a good joke in between.
When have you been most satisfied in your life?
Martin – I’m satisfied and thankful everyday, first and foremost you have to love what you are doing and do it with a purpose.
What inspires you in your every day life?
Martin – You must love what you do and do it with a purpose. I’m out there to make a statement and make a difference.
What single project or task would you consider your most significant accomplishment in your career to date?
Martin – I’m still on chapter one of my career so there are many pages to be filled up up with accomplishments.
What or who motivates you?
Martin – My twin brother, Remy… “It’s a twin thing”
What gets you up in the morning?
Martin – Nescafe and some Greek yogurt.
What are your hobbies?
Martin – Traveling, Ice Hockey, running, Semi-Foodie.