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Under the White Coat

ASDA’s community is made of over 20,000 dental students as well as the faculty and administrators who make your learning experience meaningful. Each month, ASDA will highlight dental students and faculty from ASDA chapters across the United States.

If you would like us to feature you or a student or faculty member at your chapter, please contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist.

Member Spotlight  Lindsey Mikkelson

Name: Lindsey Mikkelsen

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Chapter: Nebraska

E-mail: Lindsey.mikkelsen@unmc.edu 

Graduation year: 2015

Position held at chapter: Executive Vice President

Plans after graduation: I wish I knew! I feel like we all get asked this question a lot and all too often my response is: “I’m not sure yet.” All I know is that in the long term, I want to practice in Nebraska. I grew up here and couldn’t imagine leaving.

Favorite ASDA benefit: The chance to meet future colleagues in dentistry at district and national meetings. I think that networking with peers is important and it is always a good time. It’s good to know that there are many other people across the country who are experiencing the same sorts of things in dental school.

Last good book you read: “The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green 

Mac or PC? Mac

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: I listen to a lot of Pandora, and I am not embarrassed to say that the One Direction station is one of my favorites.

Personal possession that you can’t live without: I would have to say my phone. I use it for my calendar, camera, music, communication, double-checking Wikipedia before pharm exams… the list goes on and on.

Unique hobby or interest: I am a fitness instructor at a local gym. My favorite class to teach is kickboxing. It is my favorite way to take a little break from school.


Faculty Spotlight Stephen Stefanac

Name: Stephen J Stefanac, DDS, M.S.

Position held at dental school: Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Patient Services, University of Michigan

E-mail: Stefanac@umich.edu  

Dental school you graduated from: University of Detroit and the University of Michigan

Dental specialty: Oral Medicine

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? My family dentist was a strong role model and provided encouragement. I loved working with my hands and serving people.

How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA supports students during the application process, while in school, and upon graduation. It’s really a phenomenal level of service.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Be good to your patients and they will be good to you.

Last good book you read: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot 

Unique hobby or interest: I was a professional potter before becoming a dentist.


Member Spotlight  Devin Daniels

Name: Devin Daniels

Hometown: St. George, UT

Chapter: Utah

E-mail: Devin.daniels@hsc.utah.edu 

Graduation year: 2017

Position held at chapter: Co-delegate

Plans after graduation: Try out this dating thing I’ve been hearing so much about and maybe do a little crime fighting on the side.

Favorite ASDA benefit:I can save hundreds by switching my car insurance to GEICO (was that convincing enough? Can I get that check now?)

Last good book you read: “Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 

Mac or PC? PC

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: “Photograph” by Nickelback... Oh wait, I was looking at Jordan and Latecia’s iPod. My mistake!

Personal possession that you can’t live without: That’d be the Internet. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t get my daily fix of hilarious cat videos.

Unique hobby or interest: I can play a pretty mean Jigglypuff in Super Smash Bros Melee


Faculty Spotlight James Burns

Name: Jim Burns

Position held at dental school: Chairman, Oral Diagnostic Sciences & Associate Dean, Clinical Dental Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

E-mail: jcburns@vcu.edu  

Dental school you graduated from: Virginia Commonwealth University

Dental specialty: Oral Pathology

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? The influence of some wonderful undergraduate and dental school faculty lead me to a most pleasant career in academic dentistry.

How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA benefits our students in a number of ways but the most important to me is the ASDA mentorship program as well as exposure to organized dentistry. Both of these can pay off for decades after a student’s graduation.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Continue on a daily basis to learn something interesting so as to stay fresh and engaged.

Last good book you read: "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard 

Unique hobby or interest: Bone and tarpon fishing

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