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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 Danielle Bauer, director of membership and marketing, at danielle@asdanet.org.

Member Spotlight

 Robbie Huot 

Name: Robbie Huot

Hometown: Saint Cloud, MN

Chapter: Minnesota

Email: huotx045@umn.edu 

Graduation year: 2018

Position held at chapter: Vice-President

Plans after graduation: Looking ahead, I am very interested in doing a general practice residency after graduation. My five-year plan? Settle down somewhere with the wife, pup, and maybe a little tyke. Owning my own practice has entered my mind more than a couple of times.

Favorite ASDA benefit: The opportunities to network and meet other professionals are very rewarding.

Last good book you read: The Inheritance Cycle 

Mac or PC? Mac for sure! Although, that Microsoft Surface is sure looking pretty stellar.

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Beyonce, “Drunk in Love”……..I don’t even know.

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My fishing rod

Unique hobby or interest: In the past couple of years, I have taken up fly-fishing and fly-tying. They keep me connected to the outdoors and serve as a way to reflect on my life. Check out my blog at http://flykast.weebly.com/.


Faculty Spotlight

 Wayne Kye 

Name: Wayne Kye, DDS, MS, FACD

Dental School: New York University College of Dentistry

Position held at dental school: Former Director of Pre-Doctoral Periodontology; currently, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry

Email:  wayne.kye@nyu.edu 

Dental school you graduated from: New York University College of Dentistry (DDS); University of Maryland Dental School (Certificate in Periodontics and MS in Oral Biology)

Degree: DDS, MS, Certificate in Periodontics

What made you pursue a career in dentistry?  I have always loved teaching. Soon after my post-graduate training in periodontics, I was given an opportunity to become involved in dental academia on a full-time basis and I haven’t looked back since. I am truly grateful to be able enjoy the best of both worlds, being a full-time dental academician and a part-time private practice clinician.

How does ASDA benefit your students? At NYU College of Dentistry, almost all of our student body are members, which is great! ASDA provides an opportunity to make connections and expand your personal and professional networks. They are also at the forefront of legislative issues that affect dental students and helps lay the groundwork for the importance of organized dentistry in their future.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: “Never give up!” Of course, this backfired on us when our kids wanted to go to Toys R’ Us on a late Friday night. When we replied that the store was closed, they replied, “Maybe it’s open. You told us never to give up?”

Last good book you read: Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Based on a true story of courage, perseverance and strength.

Unique hobby or interest: Spending time with my wife and two very active and curious young boys.


Member Spotlight

 Ashkaan Bahreini 

Name: Ashkaan Bahreini

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Chapter: Oklahoma

Email: Ashkaan-Bahreini@ouhsc.edu  

Graduation year: 2017

Position held at chapter: President

Plans after graduation: After graduation, I would like to enter an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program.

Favorite ASDA benefit: My favorite ASDA benefit is something that isn't even listed on the website. It is the lifelong friendships I have made with my future colleagues in the dental profession.

Last good book you read: The last book I read was “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, and his 10,000-hour rule of mastery has really helped me put my second year of dental school into perspective.

Mac or PC? That's a tough one, but I'd have to say PC because I've never had an issue with them.

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: The most embarrassing song I have on my iPod would have to be “Bye Bye Bye” by 'N Sync.

Personal possession that you can’t live without: The one possession I can't live without is my iPad. For the longest time I just thought they were giant iPhones, but I bought one during first year and now I use it for everything.

Unique hobby or interest: I don't know if it's a unique hobby or interest, but I am a total foodie and I love to eat. I love trying out new food and different places, and whenever I travel anywhere I plan the trip based on what I plan on eating while I'm there.


Faculty Spotlight

 J. Stansill Covington III 

Name: J. Stansill Covington III, DDS

Dental School: University of Tennessee

Position held at dental school: Professor and Associate Dean

Email:  jcovingt@uthsc.edu 

Dental school you graduated from: Tennessee

Dental specialty: General Practice

What made you pursue a career in dentistry?  My path to dentistry was a little different than most. Actually, I originally wanted to be a chemist and had just completed a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry. While I had some skill in synthetic chemistry, after a couple of years in graduate school the idea of being in a lab the rest of my life lost some of its appeal. I enjoy being around people, and my family dentist was highly respected in our community. He seemed happier than most folks, and his patients seemed to smile going into the office as well as coming out. That began my path to dentistry.

How does ASDA benefit your students? Our chapter usually has 100% membership in the student body. They are well-organized and very active with excellent leadership. Our chapter keeps us informed about legislative issues and the importance of organized dentistry to our profession. The level of communication is extremely high, and much energy is expended making certain that the entire student body is included in all events. Even though I am in academic dentistry now, I have been an ADA member since the day I graduated.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Many new dentists are graduating with significant student loan debt. This “number” may distract a new graduate to the detriment of her or his family. Don’t forget to make time for yourself and your family. Be diligent in your profession, and that “number” will take care of itself.

Last good book you read: “Bad Science” by Gary Taubes. I have read this several times. It is a science history book written in 1993, and it should be mandatory reading for anyone pursuing a degree in the sciences. It is a true story of good scientists who believed so strongly in an idea (cold fusion) they started seeing data that didn’t exist.

Unique hobby or interest: Since graduating from dental school, I have always had one or two antique British sports cars whose continuing need for maintenance keeps me off the streets. Currently in the garage are a 1966 Jaguar XKE Coupe and a 1950 MG-TD.

 

 
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