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HDA volunteers at East Boston Community!

On January 12th, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) students (Daniela Rendon, David Garcia, Kristina Caravelli, Luke Devaney, Mercedes Wert, Orestes Riera, Sara Bustos, Vanessa Diaz, and co-faculty Dr. Forero) volunteered at the East Boston Community by promoting oral health care to children. 

Mercedes Wert (D21) reflects: “This past Saturday, a group of us had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at HDA’s East Boston event to help teach children about proper oral hygiene and the importance of visiting the dentist. It was a fun-filled morning full of activities that tested the children’s dental knowledge and let them demonstrate how they brushed the furry green dinosaur’s giant teeth! It was such a rewarding experience to see how engaged and excited about learning all things dental-related they became and to see them all leave with big smiles on their faces and new toothbrushes in their hands!” 

Academy of Sports Dentistry Meeting!

New to the TUSDM student orgs, the Academy of Sports Dentistry will be hosting their first general body meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 12 PM in Rachel’s Auditorium. Come learn more about the exciting workshops, social events, and sports dentistry related guests they have planned for the semester! Refreshments will be provided.

Interested in getting involved at Yankee Dental this year?


D22’s, this volunteer experience qualifies for your OHP hours!
SIGN UP & MORE INFO: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4cadac2aa5fc1-yankee

Join Tufts Dental LGBTQA in helping staff the HIV Dental Work Group Booth at the upcoming 2019 Yankee Dental Congress! You’ll be working alongside staff from the Boston Public Health Commission as well as fellow dental students from Harvard and BU to assist in collecting consumables donated each year for use in programs for persons with HIV in MA. Additionally, you will provide information packets and talk to people who stop by the booth about HIV and Dentistry. Each shift is 2-3 hours, and there are 2 volunteers from each school per shift.

LGBTQA’s Celebration of Life

On November 20th, the LGBTQA organization teamed up with faculty and student volunteers to serve a delicious Thanksgiving meal at the 2018 Celebration of Life event in the Hynes Convention Center: Jonathan Candido (D21), Chardai Lyde (D21), Tarlan Sedaghat (D22), Jeff Murat, Mark Gonthier, Dr. Gerard Kugel, Dr. John Morgan.

The Celebration of Life is an event that provides people living with HIV/AIDS a free Thanksgiving meal and an opportunity to connect and celebrate with other members of the HIV/AIDS community who have been living, thriving, and striving. With over 700 guests, this
event is the largest fundraiser of the Boston Living Center and Victory Programs, which serve individuals in New England living with HIV/AIDS.

Chardai Lyde (D21) reflects: “During the Thanksgiving holiday season, it was very inspiring to connect with a community that has been historically marginalized and ostracized yet have strived in the face of adversity through endless love, hope, strength, and compassion. The joy of another year of life was palpable while leaders of the community shared the triumphs of the year, rewarded members who are making a positive impact, and provided words of
encouragement for the future to come. While serving plates of overflowing turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and more, the family atmosphere and welcoming smiles transformed this community service opportunity from solely volunteering to a genuine celebratory experience of life for all. The live band and musicians filled the Hynes Convention Center with cheerful tunes and positive energy. The Celebration of Life was a very memorable event! I look forward to the LGBTQA organization being the future top fundraising team in order to further support this tremendous cause!”

ADO Volunteering Event!

Join ADO for an interprofessional volunteering opportunity with medical and nutrition students! This week, they will be teaching the kids about dairy and making a snack for them to take home. Sign up here!

The event is this Friday, 11/30, 5:30pm at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (38 Ash Street), room 501. It is located in the same building as the Metropolitan apartments!

SNDA Volunteers with YES!

On Tuesday November 6th, SNDA members Tiara Felder, Jonathan Candido, Gabriel Thomas, Marsha Robinson, and Heather Smith did a career workshop for students in middle/high school at Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a nonprofit dedicated to serving low income Boston youth in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “We talked about what a career in dentistry involved, made dental impressions, and played dental jeopardy. It was great to get to know their aspirations and get them excited about dentistry as a career option!”

SNDA’s Oral Health Education Workshop

On October 29th, Chris Hines (D22), Konstance Joseph (D21), Heather Smith (D20), Adjoa Baidoo (D21), Evan Gallegos (D21), and Amanda McKane (D21) volunteered at the St. Francis House to promote oral health care and good hygiene habits.

Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “We were able to hand out 100 toothbrushes and toothpastes to the St. Francis House community members who were very eager to learn more about their oral health. They demonstrated modifications, of their brushing and oral hygiene habits, that a dental student recommended, on a large typodont to ensure they were advancing their oral disease prevention techniques.”

DC Says Thank You & Bon Voyage, D20 Cindy Park…And Welcome D22 Nehal Shah!

Each year in the Fall, DC reluctantly says goodbye to our third year staff, in order to give him or her the time to focus on their clinical work. So it is with a heavy heart that we offer a big round of appreciation for all D20 Cindy Se Park has brought to DC—creativity,  commitment, attention to details…and a great laugh!  Although we love Cindy, we know we must let her focus her magical powers to her clinical work (…well, not all her powers—she will still be working her magic TUSDM’s Global Service work!)  Thanks for everything Cindy!

“It has been an incredible 2 years working on the Dental Central staff team. I had the privilege to not only feel like I belonged to all of the 43 student organizations here at TUSDM, but also to firsthand witness all of the awe-inspiring, meaningful, and empowering opportunities run by students and faculty. I want to thank all of the current/previous DC team members, Tisch College, TUSDM and Nancy Marks for this invaluable experience. Dental Central will always have a special place in my heart (:” – Cindy Park.

At the same time, DC is so fortunate to have found D22 Nehal Shah to join our team.
Nehal will be working closely with DC’s other rock star staff, D21 Pranali Vyas!

Nehal Shah is a California native who has just started his journey here at TUSDM. As the first year staff member for Dental Central, he will be responsible for helping keep the DC website content up-to-date by creating weekly posts, maintaining the events calendar, and helping with general website maintenance, hoping to keep the TUSDM community as informed as possible. As a new and fresh pair of eyes on staff, we are confident Nehal will be a great addition in helping continue growing Dental Central and push its goals further.

Outside of dental school, Nehal enjoys traveling, cooking, and is a photography enthusiast. He also brings with him relevant experience; for years now, Nehal has had his own wedding photography business, SHAHRP Studios, traveling nationwide to capture events. His background in the art of photography and graphic designing will be a great asset in his position on the DC staff. We are excited to have Nehal on board!

HDA volunteers at the Mexican Consulate

This past weekend HDA joined the Mexican Consulate of Boston in New Hampshire to help provide services to the Mexican population there. The volunteers (Gabriela Sangiovanni (D21), Daniela Rendon (D21), Katherine Ynisare(D21), Lily Razavi (D21)) and Faculty advisor, Dr. Correa, enjoyed a wonderful morning/afternoon providing oral health instructions to adults and children of all ages.

Gabi Sangiovanni (D21) reflects: “We also played games with the kids that involved teaching them about nutrition and oral hygiene instructions as well. It was great to see how much the community enjoyed our visit and the help we were able to provide. We look forward to more events in the near future and hope to continue working alongside the Mexican Consulate to help the Mexican communities in the New England area.”

AAWD Volunteers at Tufts Community Wellness Initiative!

On Saturday October 13th, Lauren Lubowitz (D21), Rayna Silva (D20), Kristina Caravelli (D21), Marina Kanakos (D21), and Emily Thomas (D20) joined AAWD at the monthly Tufts Community Wellness Initiative (TCWI) at the Asian Community Development Corporation to present health information alongside medical and nutrition students. This month’s topic was osteoporosis, and AAWD presented on MRONJ. The audience was very engaged and had lots of questions. It was a unique opportunity to present in an interprofessional environment as well as practice public speaking skills.

Check out AAWD’s page to get more involved in the organization!