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.

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Claire Todd

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Hometown: Johnstown, Ohio

Chapter: Otterbein University

Graduation Year: 2021

Why do you want to be a dentist? 

My passion to become a dentist began when I was only six years old. I have firsthand experienced the transformative power of dentistry, and I want to be able to provide a place where I can cultivate confidence within my patients through improving the quality of their smiles. I love the relationships dentists build with their patients through meeting them in their pain, discomfort, or fear and providing a way to improve their quality of life. 

What are you nervous about for dental school? 

I am most nervous about the adjustment to a harder curriculum. 

Why do you think you’ll make a good dentist? 

Through my journey as Miss Ohio, I have interacted with a variety of amazing people and learned to respect everyone no matter their backgrounds or opinions. I look at each person through a lens of compassion and kindness with a desire to know them better, and I will treat my patients the same way. I am devoted to respecting the individuality of each patient while offering them the best care possible so they can achieve their very best smile. 

Share one thing on your bucket list: 

To win Miss International 2019. 
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