What a biology degree can do for you
A bachelor’s degree in biology is the stepping stone to several professions. Depending on the graduate program chosen, individuals can pursue careers as technicians, scientists, zoologists, dentists, doctors and more.
Karl Evanoff, DDS, ’11, owns and operates his own dental practice in Muskegon, MI. As a dentist and small business owner, he takes pride in the positive relationship-based environment his office provides. “As dentistry evolves, often times, the focus is placed on being an effective business. However, it is most important to treat people well. As a dentist, I love being able to express my passion for relationship-based dentistry and cultivating an environment for employees and patients that encompasses this vision,” he says.
A career in dentistry
Dentistry was not Karl’s first choice. He changed his major twice while in college. Undecided as to a career, he decided to complete some job shadowing and his eyes were “opened to dentistry. I love the interpersonal relationships that are possible with a family-oriented private practice.”
Transferring from a larger public institution, Karl credits the personalized education he received at Lourdes for preparing him for graduate school. “I connected with all of my professors and with class sizes being so small, I was able to understand the material better. The faculty knew me by name and I knew that I could come to them for career guidance. This was so crucial when it came time for letters of recommendation for dental school. I am certain my relationships with those individuals helped me look more attractive to the schools to which I applied.”
After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Karl was selected to attend a one-year residency program at Texas A&M University. He earned an Advanced General Dentistry certificate and learned advanced techniques and procedures during the residency.
Owning a practice
Beginning his career as an associate at a large dental office, Karl learned a lot about himself and solidified his goals. Feeling limited to what he could accomplish as an associate, he began searching for an opportunity to purchase his own practice. That opportunity came in fall 2016 when a dentist who was retiring sold his practice. He thoroughly enjoys running Evanoff Dental, including the challenge of wearing many hats. “In dental school, we don’t learn how to manage an office, handle finances, and human resources. There have been a lot of learning curves along the way; however, it has allowed me to become a better dentist and person,” he adds.
When not serving patients, handling business operations and refurbishing the office, Karl enjoys spending time with his wife Deidra, ‘12 (Marketing Coordinator, Evanoff Dental), and their dog Mabel. Whenever possible, the trio makes time to visit Lake Michigan beaches or trek the state’s many nature trails.
Advice for budding dentists
Having been inspired to pursue his academic and professional goals by family members, dental school classmates, and residency faculty, Karl encourages young students to job shadow and gain insight about the profession. For those looking to own their own practice or business, Karl recommends talking to colleagues and to keep learning. “Regardless of your intended career, attend seminars and take continuing education (CE) courses. Surround yourself with advisors and specialists who can help you manage your business including accountants, finance advisors and attorneys.”
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Successful Lourdes University biology graduates
A review of Lourdes University’s LinkedIn account provides a snapshot of 3,400+ alumni and students. A few alumni in the workforce who have earned a Lourdes bachelor’s degree in biology include:
Olivia Barone, ’13 – Formulation Scientist at Adaptive ACT Solutions Corp.
Ryan Beckstead, ’15 – Neurophysiologist at NuVasive
Tristin Crawley, ’16 – Lucas County Child Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center
Jessica Escobar, ’08 – Pharmacy Technician at Walmart
Laila Ibrahim, ’11 – Epic Credentialed Trainer – Cadence, Analyst I at ProMedica
Erin O’Neil, ’17 – Laboratory Intern at Sterling Laboratories
Joshua C. Osborn, ’01 – Biology Instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College
AmyElizabeth (Parker) Paul, ’15 – Engineering Test Support at First Solar
Ashley Rosenthal-Kozak, ’11 – Project Manager – Inside Sales Executive at Eye Care Leaders
Jacquelynn Sharp, ’02 – Senior Nuclear Specialist at Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station
Collin Tong, ’11 – Chemist at Betco Corporation