EIOH Resident Spotlight - Dr. Shreyans Dhanuka

Jun. 9, 2023
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Dr. Shrey Dhanuka

Shreyans ‘Shrey’ Dhanuka, DMD, is graduating from the GPR Residency Program. He’s always been passionate about becoming a pediatric dentist, and is excited to begin that journey at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia after graduation.

Q: Where are you from?             

A: I was raised in the beautiful and historical city, Calcutta, in the eastern part of India.

Q: At what age did you know you wanted to be a dentist?

A: Probably when I was 17. I was contemplating between health care and fine arts prior to that!

Q:  Who is your role model?

A: I value perseverance and resilience and so based on those values, I look up to J.K. Rowling for the way she dealt with adversity.

Q: What is the best part of dentistry to you?

A: I love doing anterior restorations and extractions! :)

Q: Most embarrassing moment?

A: I was attending a serious lecture about pregnancy and periodontium in dental school and two of my friends (who were sitting next to me) and I had an internal joke which we remembered when someone entered the lecture room later. Moments after that the entire bench was shaking and all 3 of us were in splits. We were almost thrown out of the class that day which made it embarrassing! Those who know me well though are aware that it’s not uncommon for me to break into an uncontrollable laugh.

Q: What do you love about the Rochester area?

A: The airport! It’s a pretty good airport for a mid-sized city and its very easy to travel through.

Q: Why did you want to do GPR?

A: To gain more experience in dealing with medically complex and special needs patients in addition to gaining very valuable experience of working with other medical professionals and managing emergencies within a hospital system.

Q: Favorite thing about EIOH

A: I absolutely love my Urgent Care family and Dr. Rasubala. Urgent Care exemplifies a great working environment, and I gained tremendous experience and confidence in extractions,  especially surgical extractions.

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Resilient, compassionate, and selectively extroverted

​Q.  In what way did your EIOH experience allow you to grow professionally and personally?

A. Professionally - I am leaving with much more confidence in my abilities and skills.
Personally, I firmly believe that I developed a strength and voice to vocalize my concerns and develop quality improvement skills. Additionally, I also learned to manage expectations and non-ideal situations better, which in my opinion is a great life skill!

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Dr. Dhanuka enjoyed a hike at Watkins Glen

Q: You’re having a bad day – what do you do to feel better?  

A: I usually either go for a walk or dance to some good music.

Q: What was your most challenging time in dentistry?

A: I had a patient recently who had the perfect trifecta of limited mouth opening with jaw twitching, severe gag reflex and a large, muscular tongue. I had to do a re-restoration on #15 MO.

Q: If you were to pick three important things in life, what would they be?

A: The 3 F’s. Family, food and a futuristic vision. 

Q: Hobbies or talents?

A: Apart from scrolling through Instagram, I actually do love dancing and have a great passion for scuba diving.

Q: Why did you pick EIOH?

A: I chose Eastman due to its rich history and the significant presence of people from international backgrounds across the institute.

Q: Best part of program?

A: It has to be my experience in the Pediatric Dentistry Operating Room elective with Dr. Wong. I learned a ton and it only further increased my passion for pediatric dentistry. 

Q: Favorite place in Rochester?

A: For my combined love of nature and Romanesque architecture, I do really like the river campus