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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  Linda Sheng

Name: Linda Sheng

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Chapter: Indiana


Graduation year: 2016

Position held at chapter: Membership chair

Plans after graduation: I would like to teach part-time at a dental school while working in private practice. I also plan to stay involved with organized dentistry.

Favorite ASDA benefit: ASDA unites dental students across the country, allowing the exchange of ideas, formation of new friendships and mutual encouragement and motivation. This helps make the most out of our education, careers and continues to advance the dental profession together.

Last good book you read: “The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks 

Mac or PC? PC

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Britney Spears – all 8 albums

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My Keurig

Unique hobby or interest: I enjoy playing the piano and listening to classical music and jazz. I have also recently become intrigued with photography.

Faculty Spotlight David Paquette

Name: David W. Paquette, DMD, MPH, DMSc

Position held at dental school:Professor, Associate Dean for Education, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine


Dental school you graduated from: Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Dental speciality: Periodontics

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? I’ve always been attracted to a “healing” profession. Dentistry fit the bill in terms of caring for patients plus the science and art. I’ve also had some strong role models over the years who ignited and sustained my enthusiasm for Dentistry. For me, the relationships with patients, students and colleagues via Dentistry have been most gratifying.

How does ASDA benefit your students? Through ASDA, our students get connected to the larger community of organized dentistry. They become engaged and empowered via annual events like National Lobby Day. They mature as leaders, advocates and active “citizens.” The Stony Brook faculty and I are very proud of our students and ASDA chapter. ASDA is very much a part of the Stony Brook educational experience.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Stay connected and dynamic.

Last good book you read: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

Unique hobby or interest: Modern art, history and gardening

Member Spotlight  Tanya Sue Maestas

Name: Tanya Sue Maestas

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Chapter: Houston


Graduation year: 2018

Position held at chapter: First Year Class Delegate

Plans after graduation: I recently received the National Health Service Corps Scholarship (NHSC), so after graduation I would like to complete an approved AEGD or GPR residency. After residency, I will have the opportunity to work in Health Professional Shortage Areas and other underserved communities – which is a great goal of mine. I would also like to hold a political office of some kind, hopefully to continue promoting the importance of organized dentistry.

Favorite ASDA benefit: There are so many wonderful benefits that ASDA provides, but my absolute favorite is the opportunity to meet and work with other dental students who have ASDA fever and stand firm behind ASDA’s mission.

Last good book you read: “Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell 

Mac or PC? Mac

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Music is a huge passion of mine, so I can imagine that I have many embarrassing songs. One that comes to mind is the theme song from Arthur and Friends. It was my favorite childhood show.

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My phone. I use it for everything from the alarm clock in the morning, to the calendar, sending emails on the go, using the Bible app, listening to music, and recording memories on Instagram. The list is endless.

Unique hobby or interest: I love to sing classical music and I also love to dance!

Faculty Spotlight Joan Gluch

Name: Joan I. Gluch, Ph.D., RDH

Position held at dental school:Associate Dean and Interim Chief, Division of Community Oral Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine


Dental school you graduated from: Certificate in Dental Hygiene: Temple University
Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene: Columbia University
Ph.D. in Education, Culture and Society: University of Pennsylvania

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? As a child who visited the dentist frequently, I constantly asked questions about the procedures and why I kept getting so many cavities. I discovered dental hygiene and enjoy the combination of clinical and community based activities.

How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA provides students with networking and leadership experiences, especially in advocacy at the state and national levels, which are invaluable for professional growth.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Take every opportunity for leadership roles in your community as a way to integrate oral health and advocate for science-based health programs as essential to your community.

Last good book you read: "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami 

Unique hobby or interest: Landscape design and gardening

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