Alumni & Friends News

Posted on: Wednesday, 08/28/2019

Record Turnout at Our Northern California Alumni Event

The UCLA School of Dentistry’s Alumni Association held their annual Northern California Alumni Event at the ADA San Francisco last Friday, September 6. The successful turnout included more than 140 alumni, colleagues, and friends.

NorCal Alumnoi Event

Please browse the event photos, share feedback if you were able to attend, and consider getting involved with UCLA Dentistry in one or more of the following ways:

Thank you again for sharing your evening with us and for being a vital part of the UCLA Dentistry family. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and working with you to continue our tradition of excellence in dental education, patient care, research, and public service.

Alumna Recognized for Mentoring Aspiring Dentists

Congratulations to Dr. Ayleen Peterson, Class of 2012, who received one of three 2019 Distinguished Alumni Mentor Awards given out by the UCLA Alumni Association. Described as responsive, helpful, and personable, Dr. Peterson works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, in addition to giving back to her alma mater by providing guidance and advice to current students.

If you are a dental student interested in applying to connect with a UCLA mentor, please follow this link to learn more about this unique opportunity.

If you are a UCLA alumni interested in becoming a mentor, please follow this link to learn more about this fulfilling opportunity.

Bringing Generations Together

Over the summer, 16 UCLA Dentistry alumni hosts and co-hosts welcomed 90 dental students at nine different “Dinner for 12 Dental Students” events. The hosted dinners provide an opportunity for the student dentists to meet and network with practicing dentists in a casual, welcoming setting. Alumni generously provide dinner and valuable knowledge about the profession to groups of 10-12 students who, in turn, represent the UCLA School of Dentistry and update the alumni on happenings at the school.

Dinner for 12 Dental Students

The purpose of the program is for our alumni to share meaningful experiences with our newest generation of student dentists. Through these dinners the students are able to have personal conversations with alumni and they are able to hear various perspectives from multiple mentors.

Thank you to the following alumni who hosted our students at this year's events: Dr. Steve Stanley '85, Dr. Miles Madison '89, Dr. Melanie Gullett '83 together with husband, Dr. George Maranon '83, Dr. Laurene Duke '84, Dr. Sharon Phamduong '04, Dr. Audrey Yoon '04, Dr. David Lester '89, Dr. Enoch Kim '06 together with wife, Dr. Kaitlyn Kim '06, Dr. Elliot Schlang '74, and Dr. Michele Frawley '06.

Delta Dental Recognizes Leadership

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Lee, recent alumnus from the Class of 2019, who was one of only 29 dental school students that received the 2019 Student Leadership Award from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. The award came with a $10,000 monetary award.

Dr. Lee is currently in her residency for oral and maxillofacial surgery at UCSF. While at UCLA, she was a vice president of her class and participated in the Dean’s Leadership Institute. In addition, she was the editor-in-chief of two student publications, The Explorer and The Diastema.

Nicole Lee


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