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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  Brooke Sabia

Name: Brooke Sabia

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Chapter: Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health


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 and 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


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

Member Spotlight  Magdalena Hornik

Name: Magdalena Hornik

Hometown: Zakopane, Poland

School: Loyola University Chicago


Graduation year: 2016

Plans after graduation: After graduating I plan on traveling, exploring my passions, and going to dental school. As a physics major, I will also work to inspire younger students, especially girls, to study STEM fields in order to promote the improvement of health care and the quality of our lives.

Favorite ASDA benefit: My favorite part of being an ASDA member is getting to meet other members and learn professional skills at events such as the National Leadership Conference. I have also found the predental resources to be invaluable as I learn more about dental school and the profession.

Last good book you read: “My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor. She is one of my role models because of her work ethic and perseverance against the odds.  

Mac or PC? Mac

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Currently the Frozen movie soundtrack has been at the top of my playlist. They are not necessarily embarrassing…until I start singing them out loud.

Personal possession that you can’t live without: I like having a camera with me to capture memories and the beautiful things around me.

Unique hobby or interest: I love playing Polish folk songs on the violin.

Faculty Spotlight Stephen Able

Name: Stephen N. Abel, DDS, MSD

Position held at dental school:Associate Dean of Students, Community and Professional Initiatives, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine


Dental school you graduated from: New York University College of Dental Medicine

Dental speciality: Periodontics, University of Minnesota

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? After graduating from college, I conducted research in immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital. This sparked an interest in studying how oral diseases were impacted by host defense mechanisms.

How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA promotes leadership skills among its members and advances students’ knowledge on factors/issues that impact our profession

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Be open to new experiences and ideas. Stay present in the current moment.

Last good book you read: "The Innovative University" by Clayton Christensen

Unique hobby or interest: I am an avid boater, whether it is the Atlantic Ocean, the Long Island Sound or Lake Ontario

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