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.
Name: Carlie Mae Brown
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Chapter: University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Graduation year: 2015
Position held at chapter: Legislative Liaison
Plans after graduation: I’m not sure where I will end up practicing, but I see myself teaching in some capacity. I was a high school physics and earth science teacher for 4 years before dental school. I have done research for many years and I could see myself teaching in the classroom or clinic, doing research and having a part-time practice. I would like to be in private practice for a few years before pursuing a career in academics.
Favorite ASDA benefit: I would say the thing I have gained the most from ASDA is awareness. Being a legislative liaison has made me well informed about political issues and given me the opportunity to form opinions about laws and policies that will directly effect my fast approaching career. Being a part of ASDA has shown me the importance of organized dentistry and how I can contribute to my dental community after dental school.
Last good book you read: “Contact” by Carl Sagan, I read is a few times a year.
Mac or PC? I like both
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: I’m not embarrassed to say that “Party in the USA” by Miley makes my day.
Personal possession that you can’t live without: It's strange that this is the question that challenges me the most. I honestly can't think of anything. There are many things I would be sad to lose, but nothing I can't live without.
Unique hobby or interest: I love doing CrossFit. I started last fall and it has become a great hobby to keep me grounded and relieve stress. I have done a few competitions but I mainly just like the constantly varied workouts and wonderful friends I have made. Since I started CrossFit I have learned to make time to take care of myself. A balance between work and personal life makes me a better person.
Name: Leo E. Rouse, DDS,FACD
Dental School: Howard University
Dental School you graduated from:Howard University ('73)
Position held at dental school: Dean
Dental speciality: Comprehensive Dentist
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? My passion for service and desire to participate in the Healing Arts
How does ASDA benefit your students? A positive entry point into organized dentistry
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Always be ethical and professional in all that you do for our communities.
Last good book you read: "The Carolina Way, Leadership Lessons From a Life in Coaching" by Dean Smith
Unique hobby or interest:Reading books on Leadership and Service
Name: Ava Lindert
Hometown: Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
Chapter: University of New England
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: First Delegate
Plans after graduation: Undecided, dentistry has so many avenues to pursue, and I’m just beginning to learn about them all.
Favorite ASDA benefit: Being part of a community of future dentists.
Last good book you read: “Lone Survivor ” by Marcus Luttrell
Mac or PC? PC
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: All of the One Direction songs.
Personal possession that you can’t live without: Mint Chapstick
Unique hobby or interest: Snowshoeing
Name: Dr. H. Philip (Phil) Pierpont
Dental School: The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Dental School you graduated from:The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston (’77)
Position held at dental school: Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs
Dental speciality: Prosthodontics
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? Two things…my Dad was a dentist and a passion about people.
How does ASDA benefit your students? Thankfully we have a very active ASDA chapter at Houston that is closely linked to the Greater Houston Dental Society. This ASDA/GHDS linkage provides amazing educational, mentoring, and professional growth opportunities for students.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Best advice my Dad ever shared with me was “Take care of your patients and the money will take care of itself !!!”
Last good book you read: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Unique hobby or interest:Tinkering with “home improvement” projects around the house.