University of the Pacific Dental School

Pardis Vakili, DDS Class of 2022

Pardis (Par) is a 2nd year DDS student at the University of the Pacific, Arthur. A Dugoni School of Dentistry. He grew up in the Sacramento area, before moving to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. Par loves going on long walks/runs, but his favorite way to get the heart pumping is playing basketball. His first year of dental school made him realize how stressful and time consuming dental school was, and noticed many of his classmates struggling to stay healthy as well. He understands the importance of focusing on mental health, and really wants to implement ways to keep his colleagues healthy both physically and mentally. Par is inspired by the mission and goals of Medicine in Motion, and is excited to start and grow the chapter at UoP in the coming years!

Lauren Weller, DDS Class of 2023

Lauren is a 1st year DDS/MBA student at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She grew up near Zion National Park in Utah and spent her days skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and playing tennis and pickleball at every chance in between. Studying Public Health in undergrad at BYU illuminated the link the between exercise and health for Lauren, and she hopes to incorporate a focus on overall wellness into her dental practice. She is more than excited to help build a Medicine in Motion chapter at UOP.