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ADA celebrates new dentists at SmileCon

October 12, 2021

By Kimber Solana

New dentists attending SmileCon in Las Vegas caught up with new and old friends during the 10 Under 10 reception, which recognized new dentists who have demonstrated excellence early in their careers, and the New Dentist Reception, held in the Eyecandy Sound Lounge at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Both events, held Oct. 11, were among several opportunities for new dentists to share their dental journey with others at SmileCon, with support from the New Dentist Committee. In addition, Dental Central — SmileCon’s reinvented exhibit hall — also offered resources to help new dentists take time for a little self-care as they aim to stay centered, develop healthy habits and be their best selves emotionally and physically.

Below are some photos from both events. Attendees were asked to remove their masks briefly for posed photographs.

Photo of 10 Under 10 recipients
Winners: New dentists recipients of the 2020 and 2021 10 Under 10 Awards and members of the New Dentist Committee pose for a group during a reception celebrating their award held at Dental Central. Photos by EZ Event Photography.

Photo of 10 Under 10 Reception
Meet and greet: Amber Ather, D.D.S., of San Antonio, (left) who received the 2021 10 Under Award speak with New Dentist Committee member Jonathan Vogel, D.D.S., during the 10 Under 10 reception at SmileCon.


Photo of New Dentist Reception
Midwesterners: From left, Drs. Abdul Albazzaz, of St. Charles, Illinois; Toufeek Dabah, of Schaumburg, Illinois; and David Fried, of Dyer, Indiana pose for a photo during the New Dentist Reception at the EyeCandy Sound Lounge at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Photo of New Dentist Reception
South Dakotans: From left, Drs. Adam Fjeldheim and Ashton Parmley, both of Tea, South Dakota, are all smiles at the New Dentist Reception.

Photo of New Dentist Reception
Smile: From left, Drs. Jessica Metcalfe, of Victoria, Canada, and Daryn Lu, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, catch up during the New Dentist Reception.

Photo of New Dentist Reception
Texans: From left, Drs. Melissa Uriegas and Michael Sullivan, both of of Harligen, Texas, ends their first day of SmileCon at the New Dentist Reception.