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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!


President Tim Albright
President Elect Shaun O'Neill
Vice President Adam Bahr
Secretary Danielle Meirick
Treasurer Sean Harvey
Fundraising Chairs Jessica Campbell
  Mackenzie Colbert
Philanthropy Chairs Kaitlin Hoogeveen
  Melanie Roth
Social Chairs Katie Arp
  Courtney Bohn
Lunch & Learn Coordinator  Adam Bahr
IASDA Mobile Clinic Coordinator Mari Heslinga
Legislative Liaison / LGN (Legislative Grassroots Network) Zachary Goettsche
IASDA Apollonian Frolics Chairs Emily Flesner
  Morgan Hess
IASDA Golf Tournament Chairs Peter Marsho
  Taylor Zmoos
IASDA Morale Committee Chairs Kaisha Brown
  Diana Pickard
IASDA Funding Raising Chairs Mackenzie Colbert
  Jessica Gradoville
Executive Council of Graduate and
Professional Students (ECGPS) Delegate for IASDA
Taylor Zmoos
         Alternates Sarah Rinehart
  Jonathan Karch
IASDA Pre-dental Club Advisor Ammar Alsamawi
IASDA Intramural Chair Austin Imerman
IASDA Website and Social Media Committee Chairs Brady France
  Erica Recker
ASDA National First Delegate Taylor Zmoos
ASDA National Second Delegate Tim Albright
ADEA First Delegate Mark Sullivan
ADEA Second Delegate Levi Zarbano
ADEA Alternate Delegate Katie Naberhaus
Faculty Advisor Ms. Cathy Solow