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Maggie (Bruzik) Augustyn graduated cum laude as a Molecular Biology major and University Scholar in 1999. She earned her D.D.S. and Bachelor of Science in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received several awards highlighting her compassion and commitment to dentistry, outstanding academic achievement and also received honors from the American Academy of Periodontics.
Eighteen months after graduation, Augustyn opened a dental practice, which she calls her greatest challenge and greatest reward. Her practice is very philanthropically involved, having dispensed free dentistry for a day on random occasions, driven around Chicago giving out lunches and warm clothing to the homeless and collected 151 pounds of stuffed animals to send to Honduras. She spent time practicing abroad to help those with little or no access to care. She has served a population in a Mexican prison, Buddhist children in Nepal and others in the rural town of Guatemala, all of which have been life changing and eye opening for Augustyn. She has also become a mentor to pre-dental students from Benedictine and Boston University.
To Augustyn, life is about relationships and lending a helping hand to those who need it, whether it be in small ways or bigger ones. She wants her four year old daughter to grow up knowing that it will be part of her responsibility as a citizen of our planet.