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.


Kristi Truong


Hometown: Hamilton, NJ

Chapter: Temple

Graduation Year: 2019

Position Held At Chapter: Co-president

Why do you want to be a dentist?
My interest in dentistry emerged after witnessing my father’s dental bridge transform his smile. The drastic change in his confidence made me realize the importance of a dentist’s handiwork and meticulousness. I find the aspect of using my manual skills to create or to fix something rewarding. It makes me want to be a dentist because I enjoy the creative and aesthetic aspects of the profession; yet, I am able to improve people’s lives.

What are you most nervous about for dental school?
I am most nervous about having a balanced social, school, and personal life. 

Why do you think you’ll make a good dentist?
I am strong-willed, committed, and personable. I believe that my personality and my enthusiasm for dentistry will make me a good dentist.

Share one thing on your bucket list:
To travel to all seven continents. 

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    Kayla Weatherwax

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What inspired you to become a dentist?
    Growing up, I knew that I wanted to do something in the health care field. I shadowed at a local dental office in my hometown and was offered an after-school position as a clinical assistant. I fell in love with all aspects of dentistry. … read more

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    Abbey Tadros


    Why do you want to be a dentist: When I applied dental school, I had zero clue what I was signing up for. Dentistry includes so much more than I gathered from shadowing! What I love most about dentistry is its emphasis on science and education. I majored … read more

  • Trent

    Trent D. Wilkerson

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    What inspired you to become a dentist?
    I was a “Big” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and had the opportunity to be a mentor to a little kid whose silver teeth kept him from interacting with other children and from smiling. During my time there, the little … read more

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    Elaine Boosalis


    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 … read more

  • Sarah

    Sara Ha

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist?
    I want to go into dentistry because I see it as the perfect intersection between medicine and artistry. After having shadowed many different types of healthcare providers, I was amazed at how much skill and manual dexterity goes into dental care … read more