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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 Erin Kato, member relations specialist.

Member Spotlight  Artem Krutyansky

Name: Artem Krutyansky

Hometown: Holmdel, New Jersey

Chapter: Rutgers


Graduation year: 2017

Position held at chapter: Predental outreach chair

Plans after graduation: At this point of my educational career, I am still figuring out exactly what I am going to do. One thing I want to commit myself to, however, is teaching. Good and dedicated teaching is always in need. I had the opportunity to teach a small course in undergrad and it truly felt as if I was benefiting others. I hope to be a teacher full of passion and energy!

Favorite ASDA benefit: Meeting dental students from other schools and networking.

Last good book you read: “Into Thin Air" by John Krakauer 

Mac or PC? Mac

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!" by Vengaboys

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My Mac - I think I am on my computer 65 percent of the day.

Unique hobby or interest: I play in an adult ice hockey league.

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

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