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.
Name: Tanya Sue Maestas
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Graduation year: 2018
Position held at chapter: First Year Class Delegate
Plans after graduation: I recently received the National Health Service Corps Scholarship (NHSC), so after graduation I would like to complete an approved AEGD or GPR residency. After residency, I will have the opportunity to work in Health Professional Shortage Areas and other underserved communities – which is a great goal of mine. I would also like to hold a political office of some kind, hopefully to continue promoting the importance of organized dentistry.
Favorite ASDA benefit: There are so many wonderful benefits that ASDA provides, but my absolute favorite is the opportunity to meet and work with other dental students who have ASDA fever and stand firm behind ASDA’s mission.
Last good book you read: “Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell
Mac or PC? Mac
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Music is a huge passion of mine, so I can imagine that I have many embarrassing songs. One that comes to mind is the theme song from Arthur and Friends. It was my favorite childhood show.
Personal possession that you can’t live without: My phone. I use it for everything from the alarm clock in the morning, to the calendar, sending emails on the go, using the Bible app, listening to music, and recording memories on Instagram. The list is endless.
Unique hobby or interest: I love to sing classical music and I also love to dance!
Name: Joan I. Gluch, Ph.D., RDH
Position held at dental school:Associate Dean and Interim Chief, Division of Community Oral Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Dental school you graduated from: Certificate in Dental Hygiene: Temple University
Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene: Columbia University
Ph.D. in Education, Culture and Society: University of Pennsylvania
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? As a child who visited the dentist frequently, I constantly asked questions about the procedures and why I kept getting so many cavities. I discovered dental hygiene and enjoy the combination of clinical and community based activities.
How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA provides students with networking and leadership experiences, especially in advocacy at the state and national levels, which are invaluable for professional growth.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Take every opportunity for leadership roles in your community as a way to integrate oral health and advocate for science-based health programs as essential to your community.
Last good book you read: "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami
Unique hobby or interest: Landscape design and gardening
Name: Lindsey Mikkelsen
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Graduation year: 2015
Position held at chapter: Executive Vice President
Plans after graduation: I wish I knew! I feel like we all get asked this question a lot and all too often my response is: “I’m not sure yet.” All I know is that in the long term, I want to practice in Nebraska. I grew up here and couldn’t imagine leaving.
Favorite ASDA benefit: The chance to meet future colleagues in dentistry at district and national meetings. I think that networking with peers is important and it is always a good time. It’s good to know that there are many other people across the country who are experiencing the same sorts of things in dental school.
Last good book you read: “The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
Mac or PC? Mac
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: I listen to a lot of Pandora, and I am not embarrassed to say that the One Direction station is one of my favorites.
Personal possession that you can’t live without: I would have to say my phone. I use it for my calendar, camera, music, communication, double-checking Wikipedia before pharm exams… the list goes on and on.
Unique hobby or interest: I am a fitness instructor at a local gym. My favorite class to teach is kickboxing. It is my favorite way to take a little break from school.
Name: Stephen J Stefanac, DDS, M.S.
Position held at dental school: Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Patient Services, University of Michigan
Dental school you graduated from: University of Detroit and the University of Michigan
Dental specialty: Oral Medicine
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? My family dentist was a strong role model and provided encouragement. I loved working with my hands and serving people.
How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA supports students during the application process, while in school, and upon graduation. It’s really a phenomenal level of service.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Be good to your patients and they will be good to you.
Last good book you read: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Unique hobby or interest: I was a professional potter before becoming a dentist.