Rhett Berg: Persevering Through Past Challenges
Photo by Susan Merrell
By Jyoti Madhusoodanan
First-year dentistry student Rhett Berg has just embarked on his health care career, but he already has years of experience as a caregiver – often in extremely challenging situations.
Growing up in Roseburg, Ore., Berg struggled through a difficult childhood: his parents’ divorce, an abusive stepfather and then an accident that left his stepfather severely disabled. Berg began caring for his mother and siblings early on, and worked fulltime through college to financially support his family.
“I was in a place without a lot of options. I wasn’t an athlete so that wasn’t a solution either,” Berg says. “But you don’t have to live in the circumstances you were born into.”