Member Spotlights

ASDA’s membership is made up of more than 24,000 dental and predental students from dental schools and undergraduate institutions across the United States. Each month, ASDA profiles members in our e-newsletters: The Polished Predental, Advocacy Brief, The New Leader and Word of Mouth.

If you would like to be featured in The Polished Predental or The New Leader, contact Danielle Bauer, director of membership and marketing. If you would like to be featured in Word of Mouth, contact Frances Moffett, publications manager. Legislative liaison spotlights for Advocacy Brief are chosen by ASDA’s Council on Advocacy. If you’re a legislative liaison and would like to be featured, reach out to your legislative coordinator to discuss future opportunities.


Renz Antonio


Hometown: Mountain View, Calif.

Chapter: Pacific

Graduation Year: 2019

Position Held At Chapter: chapter president

Why do you want to be a dentist? I actually grew up not wanting to be a dentist. My mom is a dentist, and the constant pushing for me to become a dentist really turned me off to the profession. However, I slowly saw everything that I wanted in a career. The personal connections we make with our patients and the tangible improvement that we can make on their lives. All of it inspired me to become a dentist and help others.

What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? Adaptability is a quality that I think all leaders should have. There are always times when situations don’t go as planned and changes happen on short notice, no matter how much you try to avoid them. Contingency-planning and the intuition to make the most of a bad situation is paramount. The way you perform when everything goes wrong says a lot of the kind of leader you are.
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    Tessa Hadley

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to live a life of service. I believe that education empowers and enables one to serve with a full capacity. I also just simply love teeth and the uniqueness each smile holds.

    What are you most nervous about for dental school? read more

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    Austin Moon


    Why do you want to be a dentist? In college, I studied engineering and really loved the problem-solving and critical-thinking aspects involved with design and engineering principles, as well as the challenge that engineering offered. With engineering, I could make a difference in people's … read more
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    Hannah Tran

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?

    I always felt my purpose was to serve others. I tiptoed around different parts of the healthcare field for some time, but was finally introduced to the idea of dentistry by my orthodontist. I was wary at first, but decided to shadow him and … read more

  • Clayton Jackson

    Clayton Jackson


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to a dentist because I want to be able to give back to my small-town community back in Illinois and have the opportunity to go to other countries to help people in need. After my experience through mission and service trips throughout my life, … read more

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    Nicole Czajka

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?

    Growing up with a mother who is a surgical technician and who shared her passion for surgery with me, I was always oriented towards a career in medicine. I also worked in my father’s small business growing up and, in doing so, developed … read more