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Member & Faculty Spotlight

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 Danielle Bauer, director of membership and marketing, at

Member Spotlight

 Brantley McCarty 

Name: Brantley McCarty

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Chapter: LECOM


Graduation year: 2017

Position held at chapter: District 5 Predental Coordinator, Student Government President

Plans after graduation: Find a job! (Fingers crossed)

Favorite ASDA benefit: Networking with other dental students all around the United States

Last good book you read: "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss

Mac or PC? Mac

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: The large ratio of Eminem and Taylor Swift songs compared to everything else

Personal possession that you can’t live without: Personal item would be my iPhone, but one actual thing I could not live without would be ICE - I can't drink anything without it!

Unique hobby or interest: Collecting sea glass, juggling and picking the perfect Instagram filter

Faculty Spotlight

 Irmgart Mitchell 

Name: Irmgart Mitchell, BPT

Dental School: Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Position held at dental school: Director, Student Services


Dental school you graduated from: Loma Linda University School of Physical Therapy

Degree: BS, PT

What made you pursue a career in dentistry?  My husband, Dr. Gregory Mitchell, retired from private practice and began working at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD). Being retired from practicing physical therapy and for years having worked in collegiate and youth ministry, I had a passion to work with the students here at LLUSD. Serving the students with their needs, being here to support and encourage them as they move towards their careers has been very fulfilling. I’m also happy to offer my experience and knowledge as a physical therapist through lectures on injury prevention in dentistry and one-on-one advice.

How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA is a great source of information and support for students, helping to prepare them for transition into their dental profession, teaching to put into practice now what they will need in the future, to get out from under the student debt load and flourish in a successful practice. ASDA encourages leadership as students and for the future dentist, a means to build support and strength as the profession addresses issues that affect the oral health of the people of this nation.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: The wisest thing anyone in any walk of life can do is to see outside of oneself and to be open and available to care for the needs of those around. I appreciate so much the strong emphasis that LLUSD has on service, that so many students see the bigger picture in life — it isn’t all about them and their success as far as their grades are concerned now or how much they will earn in the future, but rather what they can give back to the community (through service to the less fortunate, through teaching what they have learned in practice, through leadership on a local or national level).

Last good book you read: Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

Unique hobby or interest: I enjoy creating ways to incorporate exercise into everyday activities. One can exercise a lot without stopping to work out, though setting aside time to work out is very important.

Member Spotlight

 Robbie Huot 

Name: Robbie Huot

Hometown: Saint Cloud, MN

Chapter: Minnesota


Graduation year: 2018

Position held at chapter: Vice-President

Plans after graduation: Looking ahead, I am very interested in doing a general practice residency after graduation. My five-year plan? Settle down somewhere with the wife, pup, and maybe a little tyke. Owning my own practice has entered my mind more than a couple of times.

Favorite ASDA benefit: The opportunities to network and meet other professionals are very rewarding.

Last good book you read: The Inheritance Cycle 

Mac or PC? Mac for sure! Although, that Microsoft Surface is sure looking pretty stellar.

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Beyonce, “Drunk in Love”……..I don’t even know.

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My fishing rod

Unique hobby or interest: In the past couple of years, I have taken up fly-fishing and fly-tying. They keep me connected to the outdoors and serve as a way to reflect on my life. Check out my blog at

Faculty Spotlight

 Wayne Kye 

Name: Wayne Kye, DDS, MS, FACD

Dental School: New York University College of Dentistry

Position held at dental school: Former Director of Pre-Doctoral Periodontology; currently, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry


Dental school you graduated from: New York University College of Dentistry (DDS); University of Maryland Dental School (Certificate in Periodontics and MS in Oral Biology)

Degree: DDS, MS, Certificate in Periodontics

What made you pursue a career in dentistry?  I have always loved teaching. Soon after my post-graduate training in periodontics, I was given an opportunity to become involved in dental academia on a full-time basis and I haven’t looked back since. I am truly grateful to be able enjoy the best of both worlds, being a full-time dental academician and a part-time private practice clinician.

How does ASDA benefit your students? At NYU College of Dentistry, almost all of our student body are members, which is great! ASDA provides an opportunity to make connections and expand your personal and professional networks. They are also at the forefront of legislative issues that affect dental students and helps lay the groundwork for the importance of organized dentistry in their future.

Words of wisdom for future dentists: “Never give up!” Of course, this backfired on us when our kids wanted to go to Toys R’ Us on a late Friday night. When we replied that the store was closed, they replied, “Maybe it’s open. You told us never to give up?”

Last good book you read: Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Based on a true story of courage, perseverance and strength.

Unique hobby or interest: Spending time with my wife and two very active and curious young boys.


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