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.


Abbey Tadros


Hometown: Saint Louis, Mo.

Chapter: Alabama

Graduation Year: 2019

Position Held At Chapter: Vice-President

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 in microbiology, and there are so many intersections between dentistry and the immune system. The ways that oral and systemic health are intertwined fascinate me. I also enjoy educating my patients. I hope to someday be a pedodontist and help shape the way children and their families value oral health over their lifetimes. 

What is the most vital quality in a leader: Gratitude is one of the most valuable skills a leader can employ. Purposefully and specifically expressing gratitude to your classmates, teachers, staff and patients shows your appreciation for their sacrifices and makes them more willing to work with you in the future.


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    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

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    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

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    Michele M. Collins

    First Impression - Predoctoral

    Who inspired you to become a dentist?
    I was inspired by my pediatric dentist. I remember his office always being fun, with its different-themed operatory rooms and the 90s-style green carpet with the roadmap. He was gentle and kind, and I knew that when I grew up, I was going … read more

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    Scarlett Woods


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I actually didn't realize I wanted to be a dentist for a long time. I really enjoyed running dental offices in California and Mississippi. I made my way from scheduling to dental assistant to treatment planner and finally to office manager. I realized … read more