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Member & Faculty Spotlight

ASDA’s community is made of over 20,000 dental students as well as the faculty and administrators who make your learning experience meaningful. Each month, ASDA will highlight dental students and faculty from ASDA chapters across the United States.

If you would like us to feature you or a student or faculty member at your chapter, please contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist.

Member Spotlight  Samantha Crawford

Name: Samantha Crawford

Hometown: Neponset, Illinois

Chapter: Midwestern-Arizona

E-mail: Scrawford99@midwestern.edu 

Graduation year: 2017

Position held at chapter: Chapter SPEA Representative

Plans after graduation: I am still figuring out whether I want to do a GPR, AEGD, Pediatric residency, or become an associate dentist. However, I do know that if I don’t specialize, I want to be a general dentist with a focus on treating families. I hope to still work with children whether I would become a pediatric dentist or not. Additionally, I hope to be able to give back to the community in any way that I can.

Favorite ASDA benefit: Having the opportunity to organize events, attend conferences, network, and meet colleagues from different dental schools.

Last good book you read: "Silver Shadows" by Richelle Mead

Mac or PC? PC but learning to like a Mac

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: I do not own an iPod. I listen to Pandora mostly.

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My phone, since I use it for everything, such as talking, e-mailing, planning, camera, etc.

Unique hobby or interest: I love being outdoors hiking, skiing, playing softball, etc.


Faculty Spotlight Dr. John N. Williams

Name: John N. Williams

Position held at dental school: Professor and Dean, Indiana

E-mail: jnwill01@iu.edu  

Dental school you graduated from: Louisville University

Dental speciality: General Practice/Public Health

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? Dentistry provided me the opportunity to combine science, clinical practice and working with the public into one profession.

How does ASDA benefit your students? Involvement in ASDA teaches students about the profession, provides hands-on experience in leadership development and exposes dental students to the future real world challenges and opportunities of the profession at the local, state and national levels.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Never stop learning; dental practice of the past will not be dental practice for the future

Last good book you read: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

Unique hobby or interest: Avid boater in Canada, Ohio River and Florida


Member Spotlight  Brooke Sabia

Name: Brooke Sabia

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Chapter: Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health

E-mail: bsabia@atsu.edu 

Graduation year: 2017

Position held at chapter: Secretary

Plans after graduation: Travel to Italy and Spain, possibly move back to warmer weather (I do love the Midwest but the winters are rough coming from Arizona), adopt a dog, participate in a dental missions trip abroad and lastly, begin my long awaited career as a dentist!

Favorite ASDA benefit: Participating in outreach events like GKAS, networking and meeting new friends. Lunch & learns are also a plus!

Last good book you read: “Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

Mac or PC? Mac - I like my apple products!

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: "You Are the One That I Want" from the Grease soundtrack

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My toothbrush :)

Unique hobby or interest: I enjoy anything nutrition-related -- baking, cooking, I love it all.


Faculty Spotlight James Hanley

Name: John B. Hanley

Position held at dental school: Dean, University of New England College of Dental Medicine

E-mail: jhanley@une.edu  

Dental school you graduated from: Tufts University

Dental speciality: Periodontics

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? My family dentist was a wonderful role model.

How does ASDA benefit your students? As a young college with only two classes, ASDA has been a tremendous resource for our students to interact with their colleagues at other universities.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Never stop learning.

Last good book you read: "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

Unique hobby or interest: Rowing

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