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.


Elodi Healy


Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Chapter: Harvard

Graduation Year: 2020

Position Held At Chapter: second delegate

Why do you want to be a dentist?
Of all the reasons I could list on why I think dentistry is a good fit for me, the one that has continued to carry me through dental school is being able to make a valuable difference in someone’s life. Believe me, I know it’s cliché. But as someone who went through 10+ years of orthodontic treatment, I can personally attest to the transformative power of dentistry. And as I muscle my way through the challenges of dental school, I continually witness all of the ways that I can be a positive force in someone’s life. And I remember just how fulfilling this work can be. 

What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader?
The best leaders I have encountered are adaptable. Not only can they respond to unforeseen challenges, but they can also adjust their approaches to problem-solving with their teams, becoming whatever their team needs them to be under any given circumstances. At its core, this ability stems from selflessness and the understanding that the strength of your leadership lies in the strength of your team. I am most inspired by the leaders who, above all else, strive to build up the people around them, learning from both their successes and failures along the way. 
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    Renz Antonio


    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 … 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
  • Hannah Tran

    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