Since graduating from the College in 2004, Dr Albert Yen has made rapid progress in his dentistry career. Albert started at Saint Kentigern in Year 9 and went on to excel in the academic and sporting fields. He was a member of the Premier Boys’ Basketball team for three years, winning a Counties title in that time. He was also part of the Scholars’ Class as well as being a Cargill House prefect.
In Year 13 he studied all the sciences, which is fitting given his choice of career. However, he also enjoyed English and says it has been a big influence on his success. ‘I look back and English is really important for what I do now – speaking to patients and writing academic papers and business plans.’ Albert went on to study health science and dentistry at the University of Otago for six years before starting his career in Wellington. In 2012 he relocated back to Auckland, a stone’s throw from the College at Bright White Dental in Pakuranga Plaza.
He has climbed the ranks to become the principal dentist at Bright White, a promotion which is almost unheard of in the short time he has been practising. Albert says being a Son of Kentigern put him in great stead to be a leader in his field. ‘Saint Kentigern gave me a sound platform to build to where I am now. The good habits and manners that I learnt make a real difference in the workforce.’ He is now giving back to Saint Kentigern by hosting at his practice senior students who are interested in pursuing dentistry.