Dr. Ezani Farhana is a truly interesting personality that works her wonders with cooking and dental health; two areas that are related together when it comes to foodies and eatery. The winner of the first season of Masterchef Malaysia cooking competition held by Astro proudly joins Universiti Putra Malaysia since January 2013. Let us go through the profile of the latest addition of “Who’s Who” of UPM before we go any further.
Full name : Ezani Farhana Binti Md. Monoto
Birth date : 11 May 1985
Origin : Muar, Johor
Hobby : Cooking and scuba diving
-Sekolah Tun Fatimah, Johor
-University of Adelaide, Australia.
Position :Dental Officer, University Health Centre.
Dr. Ezani Farhana, who signed a three years contract with Astro delayed the posting of her position as a dentist with a government hospital in Sabah upon winning the title as Malaysia’s first MasterChef. She then joins UPM and her celebrity status gets her going well as the staffs welcome her warmly and the patients are glad to receive such exclusive treatment from Dr. Ezani Farhana.
“Some of the patients that recognize me from the reality TV show would approach and take photos but some who are shy just keep quiet”, when asked about the reaction of her patients when they met her eye to eye in the treatment room.
She took part in MasterChef Malaysia Season 1 because of the encouragement from her friends as she enjoys cooking especially pastries and never thought that she would end up winning the competition. This larger than life persona grew up in a family of teachers and has a great affection for dentistry since small. She pursued her dream ambition in Australia under the scholarship of Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia (JPA) and now serving full time as a dentist in UPM as well as a celebrity chef for various cooking shows broadcasted on Astro.
“Becoming a celebrity chef means that I have to sacrifice my free time but there are satisfactions in both fields that I am involved in”, said Dr. Ezani Farhana whom can be met every weekdays by appointment at the University Health Centre of UPM. She is also active in giving talks about oral hygiene and motivation and had once spoken for the “International Women’s Day Forum”.
When asked about oral care for university students in Malaysia, Dr. Ezani Farhana mentions that it is normal for students to eat for too much but they need to put extra precautions on their dental hygiene.
“Do not rush when brushing your teeth; take some time to pamper your teeth and gum and be aware of the signs of dental damage”, she adds on.
Among the treatments offered at the Dental Clinic of the University Health Centre are scaling and polishing, permanent tooth extraction as well as wisdom teeth surgery for a very affordable price for students and staffs.
“It really is cheap here compared to private clinics out there but some of the students refuse to get help. Students will only be charged for as low as RM 3.00 for tooth extraction”, she explains further.
UPM students can register their name at the counter and they will be treated by the dentists there in less than 30 minutes. Each treatment will not take longer than an hour unless in severe cases like tooth extraction.
“What matters most is your awareness to take care of your oral health and get the precautionary treatment before it is too late”, she then concludes.
#ExquiSeed is a newspaper pullout of a joint collaboration with New Straits Times and Universiti Putra Malaysia; exclusively distributed around UPM campus only :)