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


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 Veterans
  • 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



D19 RepresentativeTabitha Mohammed
D20 RepresentativeAiry Choi
D21 Representative: Allie Penta
D22 RepresentativeAlia Osseiran
Faculty AdvisorDr. Joanne Falzone

Hale House Director: Olivia Capotorto & Taha Ghouleh
Fundraising Committee: Anika SolankiMary ChalinoSamantha ParadLindsey Chun
Legislative Chairs: Mohil ParakhiyaDevon PtakSho Taniguchi
Legislative Liaisons: Deepal Patel, Annie Rao, Andy Cheung, Marsha Robinson, Jonathan Pierpoline, Kevin Hua, Nika Darabi

Pre-Dental Directors: Hemali Patel & Mehran Payandeh
Pre-Dental Committee: Victoria Brungo, Lily Razavi, Adnan Omran, Divya Suresh, Arjun Gupta

Communication Directors: Matt Lee & Alex Nguyen
Photographer: Justin Chow

Smile Share Care Director: Sara Alterman
Smile Share and Care Committee: Sophia Heitmiller, Melissa Ruiz
New England Center for Homeless Veterans Director: Taylor Vanhouten & Shelby Jackson

Health & Wellness Chairs: Shannon DuganAlbert KimEmily Abay
Health & Wellness Liaisons: David Salem, Ambika Kumaran, Steven Le, Kristina Caravelli, Adwoa Baidoo

Newsletter Editor-in-Chief: David Somoza-Valle
Newsletter Layout Designer: Anna Lam
External Affairs Directors: Deepa Patel & Evaneet Sidhu

Gold Crown Committee: Anna LamMatt Lee Rachel YoungMarina Kanakos