This November the Hispanic Heritage Foundation reached out to Dr. Retana to be the guest speaker for the STEM Club of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. As the guest speaker, I had the honor to share my story with the students. I spoke about how I made the decision to go into both of my specialties starting with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and then Cosmetic Surgery.

The high school students had a lot of questions after my presentation and a number of them reached out to me afterward for an opportunity to come shadow me in the office.  Shadowing medical professionals during my high school years is how I became interested in the field of surgery, so I’m excited for the opportunity to give back to my community in this way.