Member Spotlights

ASDA’s membership is made up of more than 23,000 predoctoral and predental students. Learn more about our members as they share their experiences in dental school and preparing for dental school.


  • SashaAsthana

    Sasha Asthana


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I love to be empowered and to empower others! As a dentist, I have the special privilege of helping others feel healthier and happier about themselves. It’s important to me to give my future patients control of their oral health, and I can’t wait to … read more

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    Elijah Leverett


    Why do you want to be a dentist? The oral cavity is the window to the rest of the body. As a dentist, I want to help bring patients to a state of oral health and guide them to feel empowered, so they can take control and maintain their health and wellbeing. Additionally, I want … read more

  • Seema Prakash

    Seema R. Prakash


    Why do you want to be a dentist? Growing up with a father who was a devoted nurse, I knew that I wanted to be just like him. He was able to create relationships with patients that stretched far beyond the nurse-patient dynamic. I knew that dentistry would allow me the opportunity … read more

  • Blair Dieterlen

    Blair Dieterlen

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    Why do you want to be a dentist? Both my father and my grandfather were dentists, so my whole life I’ve grown up around dentistry. I saw how much joy dentistry brought them, and as I got older and spent more time helping at my dad’s office, I saw how much joy a dentist could … read more

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    Priscilla Leung


    Why do you want to be a dentist? My initial experiences with dentistry revolved around my excessive overjet. As a teenager, I was self-conscious and embarrassed of my smile. The success of my orthodontic treatment restored my confidence. Having experienced such low self-esteem, I … read more

  • Lauren Leiden Phillips

    Lauren Leiden Phillips


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I have always been interested in science, so I knew I wanted to go into the medical field to use science in order to help others. I appreciate the schedule flexibility that dentistry offers, because having a family has always been another important … read more