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.


Jenna McGrath


Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Chapter: University of Oklahoma

Graduation Year: 2018

Position Held At Chapter: Founder and immediate past president

Why do you want to be a dentist?
I want to be a dentist to not only combine my passion for art and science, but also change people's lives. There is no better feeling than making someone smile from the bottom of their heart.

What are you most nervous about for dental school?
I am most nervous about National Boards.

Why do you think you’ll make a good dentist?
I think I will make a great dentist because I am empathetic and easy to talk to. I feel this is important to make my patients feel as comfortable as possible.

Share one thing on your bucket list.
I would like to visit the seven natural wonders of the world

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    Michelle Szewczyk


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I love the personal connection dentists have with their patients. You have the ability to be the healthcare provider for a patient throughout their lifetime and treat generations of a family. That personal element of dentistry really drew me to the … read more

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    Carly V. Cotten

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    If you asked me at five years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would tell you a dentist, and it’s all because of my dad. He’s taught me the value of caring for others and how to handle unforseen situations. Over the … read more

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    Kristi Truong

    First Impression - Predental

    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 … read more

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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