Member Spotlights

ASDA’s membership is made up of more than 23,000 predoctoral and predental students. Learn more about our members as they share their experiences in dental school and preparing for dental school.


  • Jessica Murphree

    Jessica Murphree


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I like the idea that when a patient comes to me with a problem, there is almost always a concrete solution. I will be able to directly alleviate the suffering of others.

    What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? Listening … read more

  • Zhianna Flores

    Zhianna Flores

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to be a dentist because I want to help people fall in love with their smiles and become more confident in themselves.

    What are you most excited about for dental school? I am most excited about performing hands-on … read more

  • SashaAsthana

    Sasha Asthana


    Why do you want to be a dentist? I love to be empowered and to empower others! As a dentist, I have the special privilege of helping others feel healthier and happier about themselves. It’s important to me to give my future patients control of their oral health, and I can’t wait to … read more

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    Elijah Leverett


    Why do you want to be a dentist? The oral cavity is the window to the rest of the body. As a dentist, I want to help bring patients to a state of oral health and guide them to feel empowered, so they can take control and maintain their health and wellbeing. Additionally, I want … read more

  • Seema Prakash

    Seema R. Prakash


    Why do you want to be a dentist? Growing up with a father who was a devoted nurse, I knew that I wanted to be just like him. He was able to create relationships with patients that stretched far beyond the nurse-patient dynamic. I knew that dentistry would allow me the opportunity … read more

  • Blair Dieterlen

    Blair Dieterlen

    First Impression - Predental

    Why do you want to be a dentist? Both my father and my grandfather were dentists, so my whole life I’ve grown up around dentistry. I saw how much joy dentistry brought them, and as I got older and spent more time helping at my dad’s office, I saw how much joy a dentist could … read more