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Letter from the President

Dear Dental Student,

Welcome to the website of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Student Dental Association. ASDA is the largest dental student group in the nation representing 90 percent of all dental students. That’s more than 20,000 students across the country! ASDA also welcomes hundreds of pre-dental students each year. The organization was established to connect, support and advance the needs of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, recreation and representation.

Oklahoma ASDA is the chapter at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Our goal is simple: we’re here to ensure you the best possible dental school experience. Whether that may be through educational Lunch & Learns to supplement the curriculum, social events to ensure student wellness and to foster faculty-students relationships, or anything else that our students dream up—we are here to provide you with support.

National ASDA hosts several events throughout the calendar year to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. These include the National Leadership Conference, Annual Session, and ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day. We advance these same goals at a state and local level through programming including (but not limited to) our bi-annual Vendor Fair, Loupes Fair, various Lunch and Learns, GetFit initiatives, Open Wide Golf Tournament, Casino Royale, Pizza and Politics, and Dental Olympics.

I am humbled to have been elected to serve as your President. I work with our immediate past president Jeffrey Scammahorn '18, vice president Uzma Hajiyani '19, treasurer Cama Cord '19, secretary Karlee Brownlee '19, legislative liaison Olivia Pogodzinski '19, vendor coordinators Tuan Tran '19 and Schuyler Pracht '19, historian Terrick Washington '19, and president-elect Brittany Hand '20, as part of the Oklahoma ASDA Executive Committee. There are also many other dental students on various Committees working diligently to advance the organization. We operate on a track system, so each class has an elected EC that serves on some capacity, maturing to fulfill its full role during the 3rd year. Together, we work hard to serve you and meet your needs throughout your dental school career.

Many schools across the country “auto-enroll” their students to be a part of their local chapters, but Oklahoma ASDA membership is based on recruitment. We’re lucky, though, because our national dues are subsidized by generous organizations like the Oklahoma Dental Association and Patterson Dental. We are incredibly proud to have been awarded the Gold Crown Award for the Highest Overall Market Share at a Recruited Chapter consecutively for the past 4 years. This means 100% of our students choose to be a part of this incredible organization.

Whether you’re interested in personal and professional development, service, pre-dental outreach, networking, or connecting with other students at national meetings, our chapter offers something for you. I encourage you to take some time to explore what Oklahoma ASDA can do for you, and what you can do for Oklahoma ASDA.

Sincerely,

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Lynna Van '19


Meet the Officers

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Dr. Karen Rattan | Faculty Advisor

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Lynna Van '19 | President

Lynna (pronounced "lee-nuh") grew up in small-town Chelsea, Oklahoma but hopes to one day practice in a metropolitan setting. Lynna is passionate about dentistry because the profession encompasses all aspects that she desires in a career: science, art, entrepreneurship, community, and the ability to go into academia. When she's not spreading ASDA fever, you can find her at a vintage market, in her home craft studio, or accumulating gnarly bruises from clumsy falls.

 
 
 
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Uzma Hajiyani '19 | Vice President

Uzma Hajiyani has always considered herself as a child of the world as she is ethnically Indian, yet born in Kenya and raised in the United States. She attended the University of Oklahoma for her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and graduated in 2015. Although she has lived in 3 different continents already, she still has a love for travel and hopes to one day explore the world. Her main passions in life are traveling, serving the underserved, and (of course) dentistry! 

 
 
 
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Brittany Hand '20 | President-Elect

Brittany grew up in Altus, OK where she has wanted to be a dentist since she was in 6th grade. Dentistry was always appealing because it was the perfect mix of art and science. It was a way to combine her characteristics of loving to help people, communicating well, and wanting to make a difference. She attended Texas A&M University where she graduated in 2015 with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. When she isn’t studying and being active in ASDA and other organizations, she loves to spend time with her husband and dogs, friends, and family.

 
 
 
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Cama Cord '19 | Treasurer

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Karla Rios '19 | Secretary

Karla is a first generation Mexican American, born and raised in south Oklahoma City. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Oklahoma City University. What motivated Karla to pursue dentistry was her passion for healthcare, her community, and the insufficient amount of Spanish speaking dentists. She wishes to practice in the community she grew up in and hopes to be able to bridge the language barrier. In her spare time, you can find Karla spending time with her family, checking out the latest movies, or lounging by the pool with friends.

 
 
 
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Schuyler Pracht '19 | Vendor Coordinator

Schuyler (pronounced like "Skyler") grew up in a small town in southern Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she got her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is now a third year dental student at the University of Oklahoma and loves every aspect about her profession. She is looking forward to using her skills to serve her community and bring smiles (literally) to many faces. In her spare time, you can find her on week long hikes with her family or surfing behind any boat that will pull her.

 
 
 
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Tuan Tran '19 | Vendor Coordinator

Tuan grew up in southern California but has lived in the OKC metro for most his life. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Multidisciplinary Studies. Tuan enjoys traveling to new destinations with his wife every chance he gets, sharing meals with his friends, golfing, playing video games and binging on Netflix.

 
 
 
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Olivia Pogodzinski '19 | Legislative Liaison

Olivia is a native of Wisconsin, where she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in vocal performance. When not in school, Olivia enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, yoga, attending bluegrass festivals, chatting with friends back home, and singing opera.

 
 
 
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Eric Parsons '19 | Publications Editor

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Terrick Washington '19 | Historian

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Committees

Activities

Uzma Hajiyani, Chair

Mary Temple-Goins, Chair

Shelby Steffenhagen

 

Pre-Dental

Brittany Hand, Chair

Whitney Brannan

Mason Davis

Amy Le

Graham Shadwick

 

Legislative

Olivia Pogodzinski, Chair

Gabe Duffy

 

Communications

Karlee Brownlee, Chair

Jacy Glover

Eric Parsons

Berlian Jeffrey

Terrick Washington

Ashley Long

 

Vendor

Tuan Tran, Chair

Schuyler Pracht, Chair

Kate Littlefield

Cheryl Fleming

The Issues

There are a number of hot topics that ASDA takes a stance on. Visit the links below to learn more and see what ASDA is actively advocating for on your behalf.

 

Licensure

The current system of licensure exams with the use of a live patient is controversial and flawed. Learn about ASDA's efforts for reform.

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Dentistry and Health Care

Repealing the Affordable Care Act is a priority for President Trump and Republican members of the 115th Congress. ASDA is working to ensure oral health care provisions are included in replace and repeal efforts. 

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Water Fluoridation

ASDA encourages the fluoridation of community water supplies as a scientifically-proven safe and effective means of preventing dental decay.

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Barriers to Care

Barriers to care include anything that limits or prevents people from receiving adequate health care, like financial hardship or geographic distance. See how you can help to reduce these barriers for patients in your community.

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Dental Student Debt

ASDA considers the growing student debt crisis a top priority and advocates for financially sustainable, long-term solutions.

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Midlevel Providers

Midlevel providers have not completed a four-year course of post-collegiate education, yet may be allowed to perform irreversible procedures on the public. ASDA does not believe midlevel providers are the solution to addressing barriers to care. Learn more about ASDA's efforts to protect patients by opposing midlevel legislation.

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Amalgam

ASDA stands behind the scientific studies that show dental amalgam as a safe, affordable and durable material that is used to restore teeth. 

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