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Iowa American Student Dental Association (IASDA)

Organization Description:

What is ASDA?
ASDA stands for the American Student Dental Association. It is similar to, and works closely with, the American Dental Association (ADA), although they are two separate organizations.  Both ASDA and the ADA are models of organized dentistry.

What is the difference between ASDA and IASDA?
Just like our government is divided into national, state, and local entities, ASDA is broken down into smaller components.  IASDA is the University of Iowa College of Dentistry's ASDA chapter.  We are then grouped into a district with nearby schools (District 8 - Creighton, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska). Next, districts can be grouped into regions.  We represent a part of the Western Region. Collectively, ASDA makes up the national component.

Why is organized dentistry important?
Organized dentistry is the dentist's and dental student's avenue for working together to better their profession.  It provides camaraderie and networking between its members, legislative lobbying with a united voice, and easier access to insight and perspective into areas a student might want to further explore. 

"ASDA was established to connect, support and advance the needs of students pursuing a career in the field of dentistry. As a member, you have the power of organized dentistry at your fingertips."

How can I benefit/become involved?

  • Free life and disability insurance; discounted health insurance
  • Discounts on test prep materials for boards
  • Debt management counseling
  • Lunch 'N Learns
  • Access to legislators
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Frolics (Dental Formal)
  • Networking with dental students from other schools
  • Attendance at various ASDA conferences to get updated on what's going on in the world of dentistry
  • Lobby Day in Washington D.C.
  • Summer externship programs in Chicago and Washington D.C.
  • Subscriptions and submission opportunities to numerous dental publications, including MOUTH, ASDA News, and JADA
  • Officer positions within IASDA and ASDA
  • ...and more!


Title Name
President Tim Albright
President Elect Shaun O'Neill
Vice-President Adam Bahr
Treasurer Sean Harvey
Secretary Danielle Meirick
Fundraising Chairs Jessica Gradoville
Mackenzie Colbert
Philanthropy Chairs Kaitlin Hoogeveen
Melanie Norton
Social Chairs Katie Arp
Courtney Bohn
Lunch & Learn Coordinators Sarah Ryan
Christopher Treinen
Mobile Clinic Coordinator Mari Heslinga
Legislative Liaison / LGN (Legislative Grassroots Network) Zachary Goettsche
Graduate and Professional Student Government Delegate (GPSG) for IASDA Adam Bahr
Shaun O'Neill
ASDA National First Delegate Tim Albright
ASDA National Second Delegate Shaun O'Neill
ADEA First Delegate  
ADEA Second Delegate  
ADEA Alternate Delegate  
Faculty Adviser Ms. Cathy Solow