Current residence: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dental school attended: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
Year received dental degree: 2009
Postgraduate education/specialty: Mastership, Academy of General Dentistry
Years of ADA membership (include ASDA membership): 17
Other professional memberships:
- Academy of General Dentistry.
- American Equilibration Society.
- American College of Dentists.
- International College of Dentists.
held in organized dentistry:
- Secretary/treasurer, New Mexico
- ADA Council on Communications.
- Chair, ADA Volunteer Engagement
- Director, NMDA Foundation Board of
- Conference chair, Fiesta NMDA
(NMDA Annual Session).
What are your main qualifications for the office you seek?
- Values: A steadfast commitment to ADA core values. I believe the public should respect our integrity as much as our clinical skills and knowledge.
- Experience: I am an employee dentist who has extensive experience working
with underserved communities and am familiar with the challenges
and opportunities that may emerge with various practice models.
- Resourcefulness: For the past seven years, I have served as the secretary/
treasurer of the NMDA. I understand the challenges of trying to create
a consistent and meaningful member experience in a small state with
- Innovation: As the original author of several resolutions which have
passed through the House of Delegates, I am a pragmatic problem-solver.
- Empathy: As a graduate of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership,
I understand how important it is that we seek input from all dentists,
across all walks of life.
Why do you want to be an ADA officer?
I became a dentist because I wanted to help people while being able to control my destiny. Though we face many challenges, I believe the ADA is our conduit to make opportunities out of those challenges. The ADA has given voice to my ideas. It has empowered me and has given me ownership over my profession. I want every dentist to feel the same way. This is a membership which, if you are engaged, you will find it matters.
We need to be willing to question the status quo. We need to be willing to look for pragmatic solutions, even if it requires “outside the box” thinking. We need to consider many new perspectives as we chart the future of the ADA. As the next second vice president, I will listen to your story and make sure it is heard at the Board.