BOARD MEMBERS

Our current board members work hard all year to provide our members with the appropriate resources, information, and service events they need to be successful in their undergraduate/pre-dental careers.

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Jenin Alcaraz
Co-President

Year: 4th

Major: Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology

Member since: 2019

Favorite thing about PDSOP: Before PDSOP I didn't know anyone else who was also pursuing dentistry and I felt like I was navigating it alone. PDSOP has helped change that by introducing me to other pre-dentals and has resulted in a valuable support system. I've learned so much about applying to dental school and if I ever have a question, the club's resources can help me figure it out. I've also been exposed to several dental and community service opportunities through PDSOP which has helped me become a more well-rounded person. It's the perfect community for pre-dentals!

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Joelle Lugtu
Vice President

Year: 4th
Major: Biology
Member since: 2019
Favorite thing about PDSOP: My favorite thing about PDSOP is that it provides a welcoming and motivating environment for students during their pre-dental journey through its many presentations, community service events, and socials. This organization fully immerses you into a pre-dental community alongside like-minded individuals, where you never truly feel alone in your pre-dental journey. I’ve strengthened my understanding of the profession, learned tips for the application, and made friendships along the way, loving my time in the club thus far in PDSOP.

Ileen Rashidfarokhi
Treasurer
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Year: Graduate
Major: Anthropology, B.S.
Member since: 2020
Favorite thing about PDSOP:  My favorite thing about PDSOP is the welcoming environment and bonds you are able to form with fellow pre-dental students. PDOSP really provides you with all the right tools to prepare you for the dental process. The club allows you to learn, grow, and immerse yourself in a community of motivated and like-minded individuals.

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Robyn Park
Community Service
Co-Coordinator

Year: Graduate
Major: MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology)
Member since: 2021
Favorite thing about PDSOP: My favorite part about PDSOP is meeting people who are pursing dentistry or who are in the dental field already. PDSOP was a gateway for me to learn more about the field from different speakers during general meetings, PDSOP alumni, and other members.

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Ella Hirata
Co-President

Year: 4th

Major: Biochemistry

Member since: 2020

Favorite thing about PDSOP: Joining PDSOP two years ago, I gained a greater understanding about the pre-dental process and solidified my desire to pursue this pathway! Within this, my favorite thing about PDSOP has been learning and exploring all aspects of the dental field alongside other motivated pre-dental students. I am so excited for the year to come! 

Shevani Patel
Secretary
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Year: 4th
Major: Biology
Member since: 2021
Favorite thing about PDSOP: PDSOP gave me the opportunity to connect with other pre-dental students and offered many resources that helped me navigate the dental application process. I appreciated the welcoming environment that PDSOP fostered through its meetings, community service events, and socials.

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Dasha Obukhova
Recruitment Director

Year: 3rd
Major: Physiological Science
Member since: 2020
Favorite thing about PDSOP: PDSOP taught me everything I needed to know about being a pre-dental student. Coming in as a freshmen, I knew nothing about the process of applying to dental school, but PDSOP provided the resources for me to become confident in my journey. There’s so much support from everyone in this club, which always makes me feel excited to be a part of this community!

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Jasmine Pannu
Community Service
Co-Coordinator

Year: 4th
Major: Ecology & Environmental Biology
Member since: 2021
Favorite thing about PDSOP: I love the people I have met so far!! They're so chill and fun to be around.

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David Yamin
Social Co-Coordinator

Year: 3rd
Major: World Arts and Cultures
Member since: 2021
Favorite thing about PDSOP: I am thankful for PDSOP for giving me such a great community of pre dental students who are always there to help me with anything. I have learned so much about the field of dentistry through PDSOP and the resources they provide, and have always felt so welcomed by this community. Looking forward to welcoming more people into this amazing community!

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Nick Pascua
Social Co-Coordinator

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychobiology
Member since: 2021
Favorite thing about PDSOP: I really love how we all mostly share the same struggles as pre-dental students and use our knowledge to empower each other within this org. In addition, I like the aspect of how PDSOP incorporates dentistry in fun ways that don't seem mundane and encourages us to explore more about ourselves and offer reasons why we would become great dentists in the future.

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Jessy Ji
Webmaster

Year: 2nd
Major: Biology
Member since: 2021
Favorite thing about PDSOP: I love how accessible the club is to pre-dental students who are at different places on their journey. The resources PDSOP provides really helped me to start my pre-dental adventure as a first year college student. More importantly, being able to meet others who have the same goal as me motivates me to continue on this path.