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.


  • Blair Dieterlen

    Blair Dieterlen

    First Impression - Predental

    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

  • ChristiannaPorter

    Christianna Potter


    Why do you want to be a dentist? My inspiration for pursuing a career in dentistry stems from my passion for art, science, and service. Dentistry is one of the only career fields where you have the ability to make tangible differences in your patients’ health, esthetics, and overall … read more

  • Yih-Tsyr Sung

    Yih-Tsyr Sung

    First Impression - Predental

    Share with us a little about yourself. My name is Sung, I’m a junior majoring in biomedical sciences at the University of South Florida. I have a dog named Elsa and a cat named Tux, and they are my world. One of the reason I love teeth so much is because I am a foodie. Having … read more

  • Manuel Perea Cuebas-2

    Manuel A. Perea Cuebas


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I have always been fascinated by health related jobs because of the impact you can make in someone’s life. My shadowing experiences as a predental student taught me the importance of dental care in a person’s life. Also, I learned it is very fulfilling … read more