Check out the new issue of Off the Cusp! Our Editor-in-Chief, Shealin Eastin, compiled several interesting articles, including a write-up by Shadi Afkhamirad on the disparities between female and male dentists when it comes to job opportunities, pay, and public opinion.
District 10 Leadership Applications are here! To apply, applicants must include an updated CV and a brief letter of intent (max 1 page), which can be uploaded to the Google form linked to thee button below. Applications and materials MUST be submitted by THIS Friday, February 9th at 11:59 PM. Any applications submitted past the deadline will NOT be considered. Apply early!
Having a hard time trying to navigate through loan repayment, board prep, or the countdown to graduation? Lucky for you, ASDA has released their updated "Getting Through Dental School" Handbook! The best part? It's already included in your ASDA membership dues! All you have to do is log in or set up your account to access this awesome resource.
Hometown: Porterville, CA
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I grew up in my fathers general dental practice. Because of where we live he does a little bit of everything procedurally. My first association with the practice was pure boredom. Over time I came to love working there as I got more involved in the various procedures. One day specifically set my mind on becoming a dentist. A patient came into the office in severe pain and she had not been able to sleep in 48 hours. She was almost 2 hours early for her appointment, but my father took a break from what he was doing and numbed her slightly to help alleviate the pain temporarily. About 5-10 minutes later I found her fast asleep in the waiting room. I really want to help those who cannot help themselves and dentistry was my way of accomplishing that goal. The example of my father has been a huge influence in my life.
Hobbies: Ballroom Dancing, Archery, Reading, Building Metal Models, Cooking
What is our favorite ASDA event? Porcelain Ball. I love to dance a whole lot. I wish there were more opportunities to do so.
Where can you find me outside of school? Most likely at home playing with my mini Aussie puppy and new baby boy.
Interesting fact about me: I taught ballroom dance and archery classes for several semesters during my undergrad. I loved every minute of it.
What do you see yourself doing in five years? If all goes according to plan I will probably still be in school doing an oral surgery residency.
Favorite dental procedure: As an assistant my favorite procedure growing up was endo. Here at school I love anything and everything oral surgery.
Interesting fact about me: I took a basic EMT course my last semester of undergrad and was able to work on shift in the local hospital. I saw some crazy cases and have cleaned out some bloody wounds (mostly varying degrees of road rash).
Why did I come to Roseman? Roseman was the best fit with my style of learning. Every dental school can put out great dentists, but I felt that by being here I would be the best dentist I could be and reach my goals of serving those around me. The Roseman model does its best to bring out the best of us. It has its flaws and drawbacks, but if you respect what is trying to be accomplished there is no limit to the level of mastery I can accomplish.
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist: I feel like this is the number one question dental students get asked, and I feel like my answer has evolved since I began dental school. Initially I knew I wanted to do something involved with health care. I have an uncle who is a dentist and I look up to him a lot. Through his mentoring I decide I wanted to be a dentist mainly based on the strong interactions I can have with my patients and the flexibility of the job when it comes to having a family and providing for them. Of course I wanted to change peoples' lives and discovered how much a healthy smile can change their lives, but since I've began dental school I've been really attracted to the artistic aspect of dentistry as well as the problem solving aspect. I like how no case is the same and you have to think on you feet, presenting different treatment options to patients and figuring out which one is the best option. I love projects and each appointment is a project to me. I love pushing myself to improve the esthetics and overall quality of my work.
Hobbies: I love to read! I also know how binge watch a tv show on Netflix pretty well. I grew up playing a lot of sports so I love playing sports. Also, since I grew up in Utah I have skied since the age of 3 so I love to ski!
Favorite place to eat in SLC: It is always changing, and really changes depending on what food I'm feeling but one of my favorite restaurants right now is Red Butte Cafe up in Foothill.
What is your favorite ASDA event: I really like the cuspid cup. I love competition and competition among classes makes it even more fun
Where can you find me outside of school: Well in the winter you can find me on the ski slope (especially when you get over a 6 week winter break), or walking my dog. I have a German Wirehaired Pointer and he never stops, so we are always out and about
Interesting fact about me: In my undergraduate program I was a member of a folk dance team. What is folk dance? Well it's pretty much doing popular traditional dances from countries all over the world. Because I was involved with this I took up tap dancing and was able to perform for large audiences in 11 different European countries. So I love to dance
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years: Well I want to be practicing dentistry by then. Initially I wanted to do and Oral Surgery residency but I'm starting to shy away from that and thinking of doing a GPR and then joining a practice somewhere. In five years hopefully I'll have started a family and paid back some of my CRAZY student debt.
Favorite dental procedure: I have done a lot outside of restorations and crowns, but we recently completed our RPD section taught by Dr, Ashman. You can tell he is passionate about what he does and although planning an RPD can be a little overwhelming and stressful and found that creating and RPD is like doing a puzzle. You have to make you mind work in a way that most dental procedure don't make it work, and I loved that about that project. However, I'm also a fan of extractions. No matter how crazy they are I love watching them!
What Pandora station do you listen to while studying: Well Spotify is more of my jam, but if I'm studying I love to listen to classical music. Just listening to that stuff pushes me to be more creative, and stimulates my mind. I envy the great classical artists and the pure musical geniuses that they were.
Hometown: Aurora, UT
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I have always looked up to my dentist for always being genuinely nice. As I entered college, I had the opportunity to job shadow a general dentist. He had me sit with an elderly lady and help her to make sure she could dentures in and out. As she saw herself with the new dentures and was able to take them in and out, I will never forget the smile she gave and how happy she was! I was able to do various missions trips and to see the smile and gratitude that people had after they received dental care from dentists, who for some never received dental care before, was so rewarding!
Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, eating, Spikeball, games.
Favorite place to eat in SLC: Does Leatherby's ice cream count?!
Where can you find me outside of school? With friends on a hike, playing games, or eating! Maybe even a Tinder or Bumble date if I'm lucky! ;)
Interesting fact about me: I was a "gold digger" before dental school. I worked in a gold mine as a safety specialist, testing for arsenic!
What do you see yourself doing in five years? It could go many ways at this point, depending on if I get a military scholarship. Either way, I'll be making people smile!
Favorite dental procedure: I wish I could say, but any opportunity I get to be in the sim clinic to practice is pretty awesome!
What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab? I listen to whatever is playing. I listen to almost all genres of music from jazz to hip-hop.
Hometown: West Haven, UT
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? No one memory stands out to me of why I decided to become a dentist. All I know is I was drawn to this profession from as far back as when I included it on my "About Me" poster in kindergarten.
Hobbies: I like playing sports, traveling, hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, and napping.
Favorite Food: Seafood, especially crab legs.
Where can you find me outside of school? I like to spend time with my family and dog.
Favorite ASDA event: I don't know of many yet, but the Cuspid Cup sounds like it will be fun.
What is your favorite Pandora station? Brad Paisley or 2000's R&B.
Favorite TV Shows: This is Us, Younger, Being Mary Jane, and How to Get Away with Murder.
What do you see yourself doing in five years? I see myself practicing as a general dentist and buying ALL the dogs.
Favorite Dental Procedure: Since I'm a D1, I haven't performed any procedures yet but I enjoy watching extractions.
This past weekend, the 2017-18 board and committee members participated in the Annual Roseman ASDA Leadership Retreat in Kamas, UT! In our profession, we recognize that it will always be important to continue learning from colleagues and understand that there's always room for improvement. The Annual Roseman ASDA Leadership Retreat was an amazing opportunity for us to identify our strengths and improve our weaknesses, so that we all can continue working towards our shared goal of going "Above and Beyond"! We hope that everyone in attendance enjoyed their time and learned more about their lifelong colleagues! Thank you to everyone who helped make this weekend possible, especially the Roseman ASDA Vice President, Tammy Pham, for planning this event, and National ASDA's Vice President, Danielle Marciniak, for being our guest speaker this weekend.
We wrapped up our Annual Roseman ASDA Food Drive after extending the deadline to this past Friday, November 3rd! All donated items were counted and picked up by the Utah Food Bank. Can we get a drumroll going for the final count and the winning class?
1st: D2s - 575.5 points
2nd: D1s - 107 points
3rd: D3s - 106.5 points
4th: D4s - 42.5 points
5th: Faculty - 9 points
Total points: 840.5
Not only did the D2s defend their title of Food Drive Champs, they have also set a new record for most points collected during this event! All together, we donated around 2,250 lbs! Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our Community Outreach Chair, Marina, and her committee for coordinating this event!
Hometown: Chicago, IL
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? My mother is a pediatric dentist and I had worked in her office since I was in high school, so of course, I initially wanted to do anything but dentistry. I became interested in college when I started making connections between my science courses and what I was observing in the office. I began flipping through my mother's old textbooks whenever I had free time, and that was when I accepted that I am turning into my mother.
Hobbies: Napping, baking/cooking, binge-watching TV shows, repeating myself a million times when my 7yo doesn't do something the first hundred times I ask.
Favorite places to eat in SLC: Pallet, Stoneground, Hub & Spoke, to name a few.
What is your favorite ASDA event? Porcelain Ball. RIP Nadine's foot.
Where can you find me outside of school? Outside of school, I volunteer at my daughter's school (it's mandatory, so is it really considered volunteering?). We also go back home pretty frequently, so also at the airport/on an airplane. I've had the honor of taking the same flight there and/or back with Dr. Licari a few times now!
Interesting fact about me: I'm very boring, but I grew up figure skating competitively. Even landed some triple jumps. I was okay. I also coached a few years before coming to Roseman, and was a "hockey cheerleader" for an AHL team.
What do you see yourself doing in five years? Back in Chicago, working as an associate or partner in a practice!
What Pandora station do you listen to while drilling and filling in sim lab? Usually, Classic Rock. During test week when I'm feeling anxious, I'll listen to Classical.
What's your favorite thing about Roseman? I think for a dental school, our atmosphere is way more laid back than other dental schools. We do get anxious and stressed at times of course, but I think overall, we are probably way less anxious than we would be at a more traditional dental school. I feel lucky to be here and it's nice that we have those 3 day weekends after an exam to spend time focusing on family and enjoying Utah. Also, I think the Class of 2020 is the best class ;)
Hometown: Lake Stevens, WA
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? When I was little, I was incredibly embarrassed by my overcrowded and consequently crooked smile. At about age 15, I began orthodontic treatment, and with my transformed smile also came a boost of confidence. I knew from then on that I wanted to pursue dentistry so that I too could help restore people’s health and confidence.
Hobbies: Hiking, travel, concerts, coffee shops
Favorite place to eat in SLC: I’ve only tried a few places, but I’ve found myself pretty obsessed with Even Stevens. Delicious sandwiches with a good cause AND free coffee for students, what’s not to love?!
What is your favorite ASDA event? Being a D1, I haven’t attended many events yet. But, I really enjoyed volunteering at the “Back to School Brush Up.” It felt great to be able to help hundreds of kids with their oral health! I’m really looking forward to the National Leadership Conference in Chicago this year as well as my first Porcelain Ball!
Where can you find me outside of school? Most likely watching Netflix, singing in my car, at a coffee shop, or spending time outside of class with my lifelong colleagues!
Interesting fact about me: I have a fraternal twin sister! I also was in band and played the flute from fifth grade all the way through high school.
What do you see yourself doing in five years? I’m keeping my options pretty open right now, but I could see myself practicing as a general dentist back home in Washington or another cool city!
What Pandora station do you have on while drilling and filling in sim lab? Really depends on what kind of mood I’m in. Probably Ed Sheeran, 90’s throwbacks, Disney, or Galantis.
What is one of your favorite inspirational quotes? “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” -- Confucius
Hometown: Austin, TX
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? During college, I was heavily involved in biomedical engineering research and loved the creative aspect of manually creating a product that would change lives for the better. I also earned a business minor and found dentistry to be the perfect field in which I could combine my hands-on science background with interest in the business of healthcare! For me, the most rewarding aspect of dentistry is the chance to walk alongside and directly improve patients’ health and confidence.
Hobbies: Exploring art museums, traveling, running outdoors, hiking, reading, trying different foods, and discovering new music.
Interesting fact about me: I grew up in Thailand, the Philippines, and Taiwan. We moved around every couple of years, which taught me to be flexible and open-minded from a young age.
What is your favorite ASDA event? I am looking forward to attending the National Leadership Conference in November, meeting students across the country, and learning about our organizational impact on a national scale.
Favorite dental procedure? Pulling primary teeth using strings tied to doorknobs... Just kidding! As D1 students, we are only beginning our training and exposure to procedures in sim clinic. However, I think gum grafts and other regenerative therapies are incredible! The body’s healing capabilities are amazing and I can’t wait to learn more about them in the future.
What music do you have on while drilling and filling in sim clinic? Fleetwood Mac
Where can you find me outside of school? Probably out hiking with friends or reading at a coffee shop and daydreaming about my future dogs.
What do you see yourself doing in five years? In five years, I see myself starting off in group practice and volunteering with local clinics, or pursuing further training in periodontics.
What is a life goal you have outside of career aspirations in dentistry? One of my dreams is to design and build my own home.
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I was shadowing a general dentist as a college student when one day a young boy walked into the office and burst into tears. He was having a hard time explaining what was bothering him, but did manage to say that he was being bullied for his smile. He held my hand throughout his treatment session, and once finished I saw the tears fade as he smiled. At that moment, I reflected on my own experiences maintaining oral health and the hardships I myself had to endure growing up. That young boy was my inspiration, and since then I knew I could make a difference in other people’s lives through dentistry!
Interesting fact about me: I’ve been an amateur impressionist since I was a teenager. Most of my classmates know me for the voice of “Billy”, but I can also mimic voices of several celebrities and cartoon characters. Rocky Balboa, Bugs Bunny, Elvis, Batman, and Yoda, just to name a few. I usually am shy about it and only voice myself when I’m working with kids. Feel free to ask me about it, I’ll gladly put on a show, might just leave a great ‘impression’!
Favorite dental procedure: Class I-VI composite restorations! These procedures taught me that dentistry is far beyond what most people think as “drill and fill” work. Instead, I find it more of an opportunity to combine my conceptual knowledge, imagination, perspective, and manual dexterity skills to provide preventative and restorative care to patients. I also find it extremely exciting to manipulate composite, because so many factors are involved that no two cases are ever exactly the same!
Where can you find me outside of school: I’m usually out fishing, hiking, go-karting, or restaurant hopping.
Favorite place to eat in SLC: If I’d say I have a favorite spot, I’d be lying, but Penny Anne’s Café, Rodizio Grill, and Stoneground Kitchen are definitely at the top of the list!
What do you see yourself doing in five years? I see myself either being part of a cosmetic group in New York City and spending my free time traveling the world as a volunteer dentist providing global dental relief, or partaking in one of the several OMFS programs across the country.
What is your favorite ASDA event? Cuspid Cup!
Hometown: Lake Havasu City, AZ
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I've always been interested in Health Sciences. In high school, I shadowed different Health Professionals and enjoyed the time I spent shadowing my dentist. The first day, she performed a routine extraction. I was intrigued by the many facets of dentistry and the thought of owning my own practice.
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, camping, reading.
Favorite place to eat in SLC: I prefer eating at home, but for brunch + lemonade - Finn's Cafe.
Where can you find me outside of school? Lately, riding (and crashing) my mountain bike.
Interesting fact about me: Interesting, maybe not, but I have some fun party tricks - I can cross one eye, touch my tongue to my nose and wiggle my ears.
What do you see yourself doing in five years? Owning and running a successful dental practice in Arizona with my husband and maaayybeee some babieeees (in addition to our fur babies).
What Pandora station do you listen to while studying? Can't say I've been studying much lately, but my music interests are broad. Jazz, country, alternative, indie, rock, I dig it (almost) all.
Favorite dental procedure? Routine extractions!
Favorite motivational quote: "We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret." -John Rohn
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? The ever-growing and advancing field of dentistry is absolutely fascinating and discovering its importance sparked my passions in pursuing a career in oral health.
Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, and playing Settlers of Catan
Favorite place to eat in SLC: Cafe Niche
What is your favorite ASDA event? Porcelain Ball
Where can you find me outside of school? Checking out Utah's food scene (ASDA Foodie Club, anyone??)
Interesting fact about me: I absolutely LOVE traveling! Been to 5 out of the 7 continents and am hoping to check off Africa and Antarctica in the next few years...
What do you see yourself doing in five years? Hopefully entering my 3rd year of OMFS residency
Favorite dental procedure: There's something oddly satisfying about extracting a tooth in one clean piece
What Pandora station do you listen to while you are studying?:Yellow Claw radio
Favorite book(s): Harry Potter (all 7 of them!)
Come get your golf on at South Mountain Golf Course! Teams of 4 will play shotgun scramble for prizes, including best dressed, lowest team score, closest to the pin, and longest drive.
When: Saturday, September 9th, 2017 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM
(Tee time @ 8:30 AM)
Where: South Mountain Golf Course – Draper, UT
Fee to Play:
– $100 for Dentists and Roseman CODM Faculty, Staff, and Alumni
– $50 for Roseman CODM Students
– Green fee
– Golf cart
– Bucket of balls for driving range
– Post-tournament Cookout (BBQ lunch) @ 1:00 PM
– Commemorative T-shirt
Other: Mulligans may be purchased on the day of the tournament for $5 each.
– $20 for spectators for lunch & t-shirt
– $10 for spectators for t-shirt only
*Registration fee may be submitted on Venmo @rosemanasda. Personal checks made out to “Roseman ASDA” or cash will also be accepted on the day of the event.
Name: Siri Sarva
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
What made me decide to be a dentist: I was actually extremely scared of the dentist as a child, and I actually ran away from my dentists office the day I had to get my first cavity filled! I bolted out of the chair and out the door, made it all the way to the freeway entrance of the 10 before my mom caught up to me in the car. My tooth was in so much pain, but I refused to cooperate and get it filled. Finally though, my dentist did fill that tooth and several others he was concerned about while I was fully sedated in the hospital. The relief I felt afterwards was drastic, and it made me realize how important is is to take care of my teeth. Growing up, I realized that I really wanted to work with kids and help them gain a positive attitude about oral health so even if they are scared like I was, they can slowly learn to overcome that.
Hobbies: Climbing, Skiing, Kicking around a hacky sac, watching my favorite teams play: USC, LA Dodgers, Lakers, and the 49ers
Favorite Place to eat in SLC: Chile-Tepin
Where can you find me outside of school: Probably at Momentum, hanging out in the canyons looking at rocks, at Liberty Park, at a coffee shop, or at an EDM concert (I love it when the base drops)
What do I see myself doing in 5 years? Hopefully somewhere close to finishing up my pediatric residency. My dream is to work with kids because of how much of a positive impact my dentist was able to make on my fears of taking care of my teeth as a kid.
Favorite dental procedure: I really love all composite restorations, but my favorites would be Class 2's and Class 4's,
What pandora station do you listen to when you have patients: I like to pick between Thomas Jack, Kygo, Bonobo, Flume, Above and Beyond, or Deadmau5. Really anything thats mellow with some base that keeps me amped and right on my toes.
Favorite TV shows: South Park, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld Re-runs, Arrested Development
Hometown: Visalia, CA
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? One morning I went to my freshman math teacher for help with arc sines, and after showing me how to do it, she asked me what I wanted to do in life. I told her that I was thinking about landscaping or medicine, and she told me that I should be a dentist instead. Over the years I came to realize that dentistry was the perfect profession for me.
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, skiing, boating, and traveling
Favorite place to eat in SLC: Lion House (Although the Roseman Vending machine is a close second)
What is your favorite ASDA event?: Cuspid Cup
Where can you find me outside of school?: At a BYU game or on a date (sometimes both at the same time)
Interesting fact about me: I gave Mitt Romney a spoon for his ice cream. I speak Mayan. People say I look like Ryan Gosling.
What do you see yourself doing in five years?: I'll be working at a NHSC site
Favorite dental procedure: Apicoectomies are the coolest. I've watched several videos and saw one in person.
What Pandora station do you listen to when you have a patient?: I listen to talk radio
Hometown: Apopka, FL
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I always wanted to do something in the realm of medicine. I’m a very meticulous and precise person, and I like the idea of making an instant and lasting positive effect on someone. I also love arts and crafts, and dentistry is kind of the arts and crafts of medicine.
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, quilting, crocheting, cross-stitching, Bob Ross-ing, gardening, woodworking, home improvement projects, and trying new things.
What is your favorite ASDA event? The ASDA National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, IL each year. Being among so many new leaders is electrifying. The passion, ideas, and inspiration remind me that our profession will continue to be in good hands far into the future. It’s also a wonderful time to see my friends from around the country.
Where can you find me outside of school? I’m usually traveling for ASDA almost every other weekend, so it’s hard to find me! When I’m home, I like to spend time with my husband and Snowbelle, my chihuahua.
Interesting fact about me: Before dentistry, I planned to work in genetic engineering of food crops.
Favorite dental procedure: Class IV composite restorations. It’s basically reconstructive surgery for teeth. Color match, lots of beveling, and layering dentin and enamel shades. I feel like a sculptor, and the results are always dramatic. It’s something your patients will see every day, so everything must be perfect!
Favorite place to eat in SLC: My dining room! Even with the responsibilities of dental school and ASDA, I cook dinner for me and my husband just about every night. I always love having dinner parties with my lifelong colleagues, too!
What do you see yourself doing in five years? In five years, I hope to be practicing as a general dentist in Orlando, FL and volunteering for free clinics in the area. I will be involved in the Florida Dental Association and the ADA New Dentist committee. No matter where life leads, you can bet I will continue dedicating my life to advocating for our profession and the underserved.
What would you tell someone who thinks they don’t have time to be involved in organized dentistry? You do have time! I think the definition of “involved” can be misleading. You don’t have to give up your nights and weekends (and clinic days!) to meet with leaders of our national associations or the federal government to be considered “involved.” All you have to do is stay informed. You can do that simply by being an ASDA and ADA member, reading ASDA and ADA publications, and telling your local leaders what is important to you. Sticking together is involvement in itself.