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Iowa American Student Dental Association (IASDA)

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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 Sean Harvey
President Elect Alison Schell
Vice-President Taylor Austin
Treasurer Deborah Yu
Secretary Daniel Nelson
Legislative Liaison Melani Fulton
Fundraising Chairs Michelle Burson
Sarah Ryan
Philanthropy Chairs Macaira Leahy
Madeline Swenson
Social Chair Brooke Brown
Morale Chairs Andrea Montano
Josie Meis
Prophy Cup Chair Dillion Schloerb
Apollonian Frolics Chairs Bethany Keane
Karley Brantman
Lunch & Learn Coordinators Ashley Spooner
Kyndra Weber
Pre-dental Club Advisor Elizabeth Axell
Mobile Clinic Coordinator Lydia Rodriguez
Practice Management Series Chairs Peter Douglas
Andrew Richter
Information Technology Elliott Glenn
Clinical Clerkship

Megan Timm

Emillie Kenne

Faculty Adviser Ms. Cathy Solow