American Student Dental Association (ASDA)


Tufts UNIVERSITY School of Dental Medicine Chapter

The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry.  As a national professional organization, ASDA provides a forum for expression of dental student concerns.  It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry.  ASDA currently has more than 22,000 predoctoral members at each of the 66 U.S. dental school chapters.

Organization Goals:

  • Promote welfare of dental students
  • Advocate just treatment of dental students
  • Represent needs, interests and welfare of association members
  • Identify and promote needed change in dental education
  • Introduce and promote organized dentistry (ADA, MDS)
  • Disseminate pertinent information to dental students
  • Improve dental care and delivery to all people by identifying public dental needs


  • National Dental Student Lobby Day
  • National Leadership Conference
  • ASDA Small Council Meetings
  • ASDA Annual Session
  • ADA District Caucuses
  • MDS House of Delegates
  • Interschool Debate (Tufts, Harvard, BU)
  • Tufts Pre-dental Day (w/ Tufts ADEA)
  • Vermont Special Olympics
  • ASDA Smile Share & Care
  • New England Center for Homeless Venterans
  • Hale House
  • Yankee Dental
  • ADPAC Drive
  • Socials
  • Health and Wellness
  • Wellness
  • ASDA Vendor Fair
  • Leadership Summit


Leadership within Tufts ASDA: Class reps, Committee chairs, Legislative Liaison, and other Leadership Positions

Leadership at the National Level:  Elected Positions (elected by House of Delegates or chapter delegates at Annual Session), Appointed Positions (selected from a pool of applicants by board of trustees)

Externships in Washington, D.C. and Chicago



D18 Representative: Agatha Kao

D19 Representative: Tabitha Mohammed

D20 Representative: Airy Choi

D21 RepresentativeAllie Penta

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joanne Falzone

Hale House Director: Micheline Moni

Fundraising Director: Anika Solanki & Mary Chalino
Fundraising Committee: Samantha Parad & Lindsey Chun

Legislative Chairs: Mohil Parakhiya Devon Ptak
Legislative Liaisons: Sho Taniguchi, Deepal Patel, Mia Russo, Andy Cheung, Marsha Robinson & Gina Lightner

PreDental Directors: Annie Rao & Mehran Payandeh 
Pre-Dental Committee: Victoria Brungo, Hugh Phillis, Lily Razavi & Hemali Patel

Communication Directors: Anna Lam Matt Lee

Social Media Director: Alex Nguyen 

Photographer: Justin Chow

Smile Share Care Director: Bolbo Jung
Smile Share Care Committee: Sara Alterman & Sophia Heitmiller

New England Center for Homeless Veterans Director: Taylor Van Houten

Health & Wellness Chairs: Evanthia Vranas Siddarth Mehta
Health & Wellness Liaisons: Nicole Trone, Ambika Kumaran, Emily Abay & Shannon Dugan

Newsletter Editor-in-Chief: David Somoza-Valle
Aides: Albert Kim & Daniel Salem
Layout: Alicia Kim & Jonathan Pierpoline
Writer: Shaina Shah

External Affairs Directors: Deepa Patel Evaneet Sidhu


Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.