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

WELCOME TO DENTAL CENTRAL

Ongoing Opportunity: Volunteer for Branches

The Center at Castle Square, a community center located near Tufts Medical Center, is looking for student volunteers to help out at their afterschool mentorship program. If you are interested in being a mentor, check out Read more…

Student Organization Spotlight: Asian Dental Organization

  We just got a great photo sent in by the Asian Dental Organization (Formely Asian Dental Student Alliance) from their recent volunteer outing to the Vietnamese Autumn Moon Festival in Dorchester this past week. If Read more…

Welcome to Dental Central!

TUSDM’s new web-based portal in support of civic engagement and community service learning is launched! Visit About and find out how Dental Central came into being…Check out Student Organizations and see the depth and breadth of those doing Read more…

D17s at Cradles to Crayons

  Last spring, a group of 14 D17 students volunteered with the non-profit organization, Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations throughout Read more…

ASDA Event: Vermont Special Olympics

ASDA is currently looking for volunteers to help out with oral health screenings at the Vermont Special Olympics on Saturday, May 31st. The event will be a 3 day commitment with transportation, food, and lodging Read more…

ASDA Smile, Care and Share Program

Ever wondered if there’s a way to stand out as a community service member, even with the extraordinarily complex schedule of a dental student? Something that requires less than one hour of your time, including Read more…

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Very honored to have been featured on tuftsaawd Instagram this week.
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For Teacher appreciation week we asked our lovely mentor Professor, Dr. Talmo, why she decided to go into teaching. This was her response:

“I teach because I love the profession of dentistry and want to share that enthusiasm with the next generation of dentists.  I enjoy working hands on with students in the patient care setting and guiding them through the practice of clinical dentistry, imparting tips and tricks whenever I can.  It is with great pride that I witness students evolve in their conceptual understanding and clinical skill level. When I was a dental student I was fortunate enough to have been taught by outstanding faculty members.  I was also lucky enough to have my father, Paul Talmo, D56, as a mentor.  Surviving the rigors of dental school is enormously challenging.  If I can do one thing to lessen that struggle for a student, as my instructors did for me, I feel gratified.  And so, in my own way, I also teach to help sustain the legacy of those who came before me and to maintain the Tufts tradition of clinical excellence.” #tuftsdental #teacherappreciationweek #aawd

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝘼𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙮!

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: ASDA District 1 Advocacy Vice Chair and
ASDA Tufts Fundraising Committee Member

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? Even though I'm from California, my parent's grew up here in Boston so it's nice to get to live where they lived! There is so much history in Boston, it' amazing that we get to live in a city that has been around since the 1600s and is still an integral part of so much reform.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Fun Fact about me is that I'm a Tufts Legacy! My maternal grandfather graduated from TUSDM in 1956 and I am proud to be following in his footsteps. Also for hobbies, I really like to paint and scrapbook 🤗

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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🧼 Cherishing Chinatown 🎏 as AAPI month started several classmates and I did a block clean up and gardening/replanting across Chinatown. What a fun time! Lots of members from the community were very grateful and some even joined! Can’t wait to do it again!
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#cleanupcrew #futuregarcinidmd #dentistsgiveback #active #fitgirl #community #chinatown #tusdm #love #instagood

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Christiana White!
Undergraduate Education: University of Central Florida – Bachelor of Science

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Director of Media and Mass Communications for Tuft’s Chapter of SNDA
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: My favorite thing about TUSDM is the class diversity and how beautiful the facilities are! I chose Tufts because I wanted to go to a school where I felt supported and comfortable. All of the faculty and students that I met while interviewing and doing my research on Tufts made me feel so welcome and confident in my decision to attend!
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I love doing DIY crafts and planning out home decor! Interior design is so interesting and fun to me.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙒𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙇𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙩!

Hometown: Aberdeen, MS

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? The things I enjoy most about Boston are the history & cultural diversity. Similarly at Tufts, it’s the cultural diversity & support for me.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I enjoy doing anything creative: making art, music, and design; athletics; cooking; traveling; and outdoor activities.

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#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Nickeisha Louis-Elias!
Undergraduate Education:Bachelor of Science and minor in Psychology from St. Joseph's College in New York

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Orientation Leader for D24 class, Women in Leadership event facilitator, member of SNDA & HDA (I participate in volunteer opportunities with both)
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: Favorite thing: The sense of community. I feel supported academically and emotionally by my classmates and upperclassmen.
Why I chose Tufts: The diversity and sense of inclusion. Tufts was the most racially/culturally diverse school I interviewed at, and they made me feel that they wanted me to attend instead of me needing to prove myself yet again over the course of the long application process. On my interview day, Tufts made me feel accomplished, appreciated, and wanted.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Fun fact: I love to draw original cartoons in my free time. One day I hope to write and illustrate my own children's book!
Outside of school: I love hiking, kick-boxing, going on long bike rides, going to the beach, and trying new foods!!
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Jourdon Bean!
Undergraduate Education:Exercise Physiology, Brigham Young University – Idaho

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I chose TUSDM because of the great clinical program, and I love their mission of not just training us to be dentists, but to be health leaders in our communities.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I teach an early morning church seminary class to kids during the school year to help them grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually by building their faith and love for God.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙃𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙏𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙢𝙖!

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Diversity and Inclusion Course Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? I love how walkable the city is and that there are many places to be by the water 😍

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I went skydiving for my 24th birthday and I have absolutely positively no desire to ever do that again

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Join our 2-Part Lecture hosted by TUFTS Alumni Association!

In Part 1, EDIC's Sabrina Capaldo will present Malpractice Insurance and why a dentist needs it to safeguard their career, their reputation, and their practice. Part 2, Jeff Arsenault, Founder and Managing Partner of Venture Insurance Group, LLC will cover Disability Insurance and discuss the importance of protecting your income and highlight the policy contract language, definitions, riders and features that should be considered when designing a DI policy.

The last 15 minutes of the presentation will allow for Q&As from the attendees.

Snap a pic of the QR code to register!



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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: George Iskandar!
Undergraduate Education:George Mason University – B.S. in Community Health with a concentration in Pre-Dental/Pre-Medical Studies

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Eboard member in the Tufts implant club and Tufts OMFS club
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I chose TUSDM originally for its reputation of producing dentists with excellent hand skills. After joining the class of 2023, I was pleasantly surprised by the camaraderie not only within our class, but the whole school in general.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Volunteer locally in free clinics with my mentor, and have been on two international mission trips to Zambia and Guatemala. In my free time I enjoy playing pick-up soccer games with friends.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙃𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙖𝙝 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙣!

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Tufts ASDA Pre-Dental Committee Member

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? You’ll always hear TUSDM students talking about the richness of diversity in our classes and that’s because it truly is one of the most beautiful things about our school! I feel lucky to be surrounded by fellow peers and faculty that take you as you are, but are there because they want to see you grow to be even better. Through every interaction I’ve had at school thus far, no matter how brief, I always leave feeling that my cup is a little more full.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I love a good workout – spin, yoga, HIIT, and strength training! If I’m not super sweaty after (is that TMI, I don’t know), it wasn’t worth it. It’s always so fun seeing fellow classmates at the gym, too!
Pre-COVID, I sang in my church choir and played the clarinet for ten years! And when I’m REALLY free, I find time to open a book to read or even write if I’m feeling inspired.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙏𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙣𝙖 𝙁𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙯!

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Fairfield Operative Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston?
A few things that stand out to me about Tufts is the genuine diversity, promotion of mind-body wellness practices and the commitment to global leadership in oral health. My favorite thing about Boston is that it's such a walkable city. I love going for walks during my study breaks. Whenever I take off from either the school or library, it feels like an adventure every time and I always find myself discovering something new.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies?
Fun Fact about me is that I studied abroad in Spain for a semester to become fluent in Spanish. I grew up with a Spanish last name due to my Cuban roots but never spoke the language, so I made it my duty to learn and fully embrace my identity. Speaking of identity, I'm a TRUE southerner. I lived in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi prior to New England. As for hobbies, I absolutely love to travel. You can always catch me on the next flight out somewhere or planning a trip for sure!!

#tusdm #dentalcentral #TravelWithTay

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Throwback to 1956 from Dad’s dental school yearbook, “The Explorer” (haha). “Football hero” and “few, if any, better in Operative work” make him a tough act to follow!
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#tufts, #tuftsdental, #tusdm, #tuftsuniversityschoolofdentalmedicine, #familybusiness, #dentist, #dentalfamily, #teeth, #somerville, #somervillema, #cambridge, #cambridgema, #somervilledentist, #tbt

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: McKenzie Halsey!

Undergraduate Education:Virginia Commonwealth University B.S in Psychology
Graduate Education: Barry University M.S in Biomedical Sciences
Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Tufts ASDA Pre-Dental Outreach Vice Chair
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts:! I've never lived in a metropolis like Boston, so I loved the idea of the new challenge and experience. Once I stepped into Tufts, positive vibes radiated from everyone I came in contact with and those vibes have stuck with me ever since. Not to mention the support from classmates, faculty and administration is unreal. Plus I love a good weekly lunch and learn, that's the cherry on top!

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Outside of school, I love to dance! I've been member of a West African dance company after college, danced in church and even ballet and tap as a young girl. Fun fact: To challenge myself in college I joined a competitive contemporary dance team where I had to learn new technical moves. We went to competitions……we lost! But my facial expressions and the fluidity of my hand movements were on Point! #DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙈𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝘽𝙖𝙘𝙝!

Hometown: Alhambra, CA

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? Tufts is located in a city that has a rich history with so many sights to see and things to do that’s just a train ride away. While I haven’t explored too much of Boston yet, I look forward to the warmer days and soaking up the sun in the Commons.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? When I'm not studying, you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen baking up a storm.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Wow!! I am so excited for Mike’s Invisalign transformation! In less than a year, we helped improve the health of his teeth and gums — and delivered a handsome smile too!

Both Dr. Agarwal and myself are certified Invisalign providers and we love helping patients feel and look their best! 💫

#joannaclaustrodmd #kopalagarwaldmd #teamclaustrodmd #invisalign #orthodontics #bestdentist #health #happiness #wellness #cosmeticdentist #dentist #tusdm #airway #ashburn #aldie #sterling #leesburg #loudoun #smile #menshealth

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Solomon Elias!
Undergraduate Education: Baylor University (BS Biochemistry)

Graduate Education: Mississippi College (MS Biomedical Sciences

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Operative liaison
Class president
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: The sense of community is incredible. Our class is very supportive and everyone’s voice is heard and appreciated. I picked Tufts to get a world class education, while making lasting friendships and connections throughout my time. Have absolutely loved my experience so far!

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: From grades K-12 I went to school abroad (Qatar and Japan) since my dad's job took us all over the world. In my free time, I enjoy watching and playing sports with friends, going on walks around Boston, and just spending time with friends and family.
#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙉𝙞𝙠𝙠𝙞 𝘿𝙞𝙚𝙝𝙡!

Hometown: Gary, Indiana

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about Tufts is that we have such a diverse class. There are so many unique things about my classmates (wide age range, different cultures, kids/no kids, previous careers, military experience, wealthy/not wealthy, etc.) and I’m happy that Tufts believes in bringing EVERYONE together. Some dental schools will claim that they are looking for diversity, but when you look at the demographics of their recently accepted students, they didn’t really put their money where their mouth was. Also, Boston is cool because I always see dogs outside and I can get pho almost anywhere in the city.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Every December my friends and I get together for an Annual *Britmas* Celebration. It’s like Christmas, but the entire party is centered around Britney Spears and we celebrate her by wearing a themed “BritFit”, play some Britney-themed trivia, listen to her music, exchange gifts with another “Britney” at the party, and most importantly no one is allowed in without 2 bottles of champagne for mimosas. Because of Covid, our 4th Annual Britmas had to happen over zoom and it simply wasn’t the same. Here’s hoping that we get “lucky” this year and that our 5th Annual *Britmas* Celebration won’t be so “toxic”.

#tusdm #dentalcentral
#freebritney

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