40 under 40 - Meghann Foley Dombroski '06
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
My Springfield College degree has impacted my life greatly. After graduating, I went on to purse my doctoral degree in dental medicine. While I gained my clinical knowledge at Tufts, I gained my interpersonal skills and commitment to service through my degree at Springfield. My time at Springfield instilled in me the calling to serve others which eventually led me to pursue my master in public health. Furthermore, my passion for teaching, especially public health, is derived from Springfield’s mission.
The concept of community involvement has also become an integral part in my private practice. I believe that in order to best care for my patients, it is critical to empower and educate them. Even as an orthodontist, I believe it is so critical to support the overall health of my patients including physical, mental and emotional health.
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
I was certainly influenced by the faculty at Springfield College—especially those in the science department. They provided me the knowledge and confidence in the field to further pursue my doctoral degree.
Importantly, while at Springfield, I was able to broaden my scope beyond the classroom. I was lucky enough to be involved in SOAR, NSO, LTC, Student Government and many more. As an LTC facilitator, I had the privilege to work with Michael Boulden ’96, our advisor and director of East Campus. Michael and his wife, Beth Gibney Boulden ’96, proved to be great role models in my time at SC and have become lifelong friends. Michael and Beth taught leadership in service to others through action. I learned so much through their compassion, dedication and of course, humor.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
My advice would be to truly embrace the balance of spirit, mind, and body. I’ve learned that to truly excel at one component you need to incorporate the others. Life is about balance. Find your passion and work tirelessly to achieve your goals but never lose sight of humor, friendship and love.
I also would like to remind current students to share their gifts with their communities—we all have so much to give to others.
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success?
My husband, Aaron Dombroski ’05, is my constant reminder to live the Springfield College mission and raise our children to do the same. I am forever grateful that Springfield College brought us together. Thank you creating this adventure with me.
My parents, Jean and Richard Foley, and siblings Michael and Jessica Foley and Alison Dombroski ’13 have always shown me unconditional love and support through every step of my life and career.