Dr. Olawale Osinusi


University of Tennessee Dental School

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I loved going to the dentist. Looking back on it I think it was due to my mother instilling in me and my siblings the benefits of taking care of our teeth.

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?

There were a few people that help me find my path to Dentistry. First, my mother; she encouraged my siblings and eye to pursue studies in the sciences. Next, my faculty advisor during undergrad; he encouraged me to shadow a dentist. Next, my dentist; her passion for what she does really motivated me. And finally, one of my college roommates, who decided to pursue dentistry himself.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The relationships that can be formed with people.

What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why?

Freddy Mercury. I think he had a big mouth.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

I’m a traditionalist in this sense and choose mint. I just like the freshness.

What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you?

I went to boarding school in England.

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?

A bag of English chocolate and a good movie.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

That dentist’s are out to sell the most expensive treatment.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

It's ability to heal.

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?

In England working for my favorite soccer team in some capacity.

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?


Additional Education
University of Tennessee