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 our membership director. 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.


Elaine Boosalis


Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota

Chapter: Iowa

Graduation Year: 2019

Position Held At Chapter: Chapter President

Why do you want to be a dentist?
First and foremost, I love helping others and I have always been interested in healthcare. Dentistry is a unique profession. Working with patients, I have found that no day is like the one before. New challenges are encountered daily and being able to critically think about the treatment I provide for my patients is challenging, but simultaneously gratifying. I chose dentistry over other career paths because I love seeing changes in self-esteem as a result of improving one’s smile. I saw that change in myself, and I have seen it in numerous patients I have worked with. It’s amazing! I am honored and humbled to continue to be a part of that instrumental change in someone’s life.

What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader?
There are many qualities that are integral to successful leaders, however, I believe the most crucial is communication. Most can think of a time when they have worked with someone who had closed lines of communication and it can be a pain. Knowing this, I have learned what works and what doesn’t. In leading Iowa’s ASDA chapter, effective and open lines of communication is what I hope to employ throughout the 2018-2019 academic year to make our chapter as successful as possible. 

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    First Impression - Predental

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    Michele M. Collins

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