Students & Staff News

Posted on: Wednesday, 04/25/2018

Scholarship Recipient Establishes Periodontics Track

Congratulations to third year student dentist, James Zaiger, who received one of seven $20,000 scholarships from the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation, which go to help off-set tuition. The selection process was difficult because the number of applications the ADA Foundation received was astonishing, and the overall quality was amazing.

While in dental school, James spearheaded the creation of the Periodontics Track for pre-doctoral students. He was also elected by his class members to serve as the Curriculum Enhancement Representative.

When asked what the scholarship meant to him, James said, "this scholarship was important to me because, not only does it recognize all of the hard work I have done since starting school, but it also recognizes UCLA, and my amazing mentors who have provided me with the opportunities to succeed and grow."

After graduation, James plans to enter a postdoctoral residency program in periodontics and then hopefully secure an academic position at a dental school.

National ASDA Elects Two UCLA Students

This year’s National ASDA Conference took place in February in Anaheim and, once again, UCLA Dentistry was well-represented with more than 20 student dentists in attendance. Two UCLA representatives were elected to hold national ASDA positions. Victoria Chen was elected as the District 11 Secretary and Kevin Bibera was elected as the National Video Productions Manager. See photos from the conference.

See a sample of Kevin’s work – What does advocacy mean?

Hot off the presses!

The newest issue of the award-winning UCLA ASDA newsletter, The Diastema, has been released! View the online version and the PDF version.

Some of this issue's highlights include, the D1 Class Cabinet, introduction to the community clinics, accreditation, and an alumni spotlight of Dr. Ron Mito.

Welcome to Our New Staff Members



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Terri Ludmer

Admin Assistant


Oral & Max. Surgery

Norma Nuila

Admin Assistant



Jorge Sanchez

Dental Assistant



Michael Moon

Admin Assistant



Nia Garrett

Clinic Assistant


Oral Radiology

Mary Contreras

Admin Assistant


Oral & Max Surgery

Sheila Slay

Lab Helper



Whitney Gilmore-Staggs

Clinic Receptionist