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Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony

10:00 – 11:30 am
The Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center
White Coat Ceremony
Opening Exercises

Moderator

Dr. Hal Lippman
Executive Associate Dean of Admissions, Student & Clinical Affairs
College of Dental Medicine

Greetings

Dr. Ralph Rogers
University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Irv Rosenbaum
Interim Chancellor
Health Professions Division

Dr. Linda C. Niessen
Dean and Professor
College of Dental Medicine

Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi
Vice President
American Dental Association

Zohaib Munaf, Class of 2018
President
Student Government Association

Ceremony

Dr. Hal Lippman
Executive Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions
College of Dental Medicine

Readers

Dr. Peter Keller
Executive Associate Dean

Dr. Abby Brodie
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Coating

Dr. Audrey Galka
Chair, Department of Cariologyand Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Virginia Noce
Assistant Professor

Dr. Peter Pugliese
Assistant Professor

Dr. Harvey Quinton
Assistant Professor

Oath

Dr. Maria Hernandez
Chair, Department of Periodontics
College of Dental Medicine

International Dental Graduates - Class of 2020

Name Country
Simone Alencar Brazil
Carlos Da Silva Venezuela
Vanesa Grullon Dominican Republic
Rafael Llanes Cuba
Trushen Patel India
Mariannina Savoca Astudillo Venezuela
Silvia Corbelle Batista Cuba
Atenas De Taboada Da Silva Venezuela

Incoming Class of 2021

Name College
Maya Abdin, BS, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Alexander Alvarez, BS Florida Atlantic University
Alaa Anbari, BS University of Detroit Mercy
Sandra Badrous, BS, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Chandlor Bearden, BS, MS University of South Florida
Barry University
Nikhitha Bellam, BS, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Jordan Betel, BS University of Guelph
Ronak Bhagat, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Florencia Biaggi, BS Florida International University
Ty Blacker, BS Brigham Young University
Justin Blazejewski, BS, MS Michigan State University
Barry University
Kevin Bock, BS University of North Florida
Gabriel Broche, BS Florida International University
Kathryn Broecker, BA University of Florida
Cary Brown, BS Texas Christian University
Polina Bykovskaya, BS Farmingdale State College
Christopher Cannady, BS Michigan State University
Juan Chavez, BS Florida International University
Riya Choksi, BS University of South Florida
Priya Chopra, BS, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Christopher Coutu, BS University of Central Florida
Bushra Dinkha, BS, MBS University of Illinois
Nova Southeastern University
Christy Dunham, BS University of Florida
Richard Escobar, BS, MBS Southern Methodist University
Nova Southeastern University
Ardalan Esakharian, BA University of California, Los Angeles
Adbdulrahman Essaedi, BS City University of New York
Ariana Esterabadi, BS, MS University of Central Florida
Barry University
Nicole Etcheverry, BS Florida State University
Michael Farag, BS Nova Southeastern University
Mohammad Farraj, BS Nova Southeastern University
Gabriela Franqui, BS, MS Florida International University
Barry University
Jared Friedman, BA Yeshiva University
Sandra Ghattas, BS, MS Texas A&M University
University of Houston
Michael Godoy, BS Florida International University
Janet Gonzalez, BS, MBS Florida International University
Nova Southeastern University
Jessica Gonzalez, BS University of Florida
Nagabis Gonzalez, BA University of South Florida
Monique Godon, BS, MS Nova Southeastern University
Larkin University
Misha Gul, BS George Mason University
Doris Gutierrez, BS Florida International University
Bita Hassani, BS Florida State University
Cindy Huynh, BS, MBS University of Central Florida
Nova Southeastern University
John Keigher, BS Florida State University
Robert Kelley, BS, MS University of Florida
Barry University
Shamaila Khaliq, BS, MS University of Maryland
Georgetown College
Sehaj Khara, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Linda Kim, BA Smith College
Dina Kisanova, BS Florida International University
Scott Kuma, BS, MBS Rutgers University
Nova Southeastern University
Thai Lam, BS University of Florida
Mynhan Le, BS, MS University of Central Florida
Mississippi College
Duc Le, BS University of Houston
Megan Leyva, BS, MS Florida International University
Barry University
Ernesto Leon Caba, BS Florida International University
Alexander Linares, BS Texas State University
Beatriz Lopez, BS St Thomas University
Azadeh Manafi, BA George Mason University
Deepika Mann, BS, MBS Austin College
Rutgers University
Claudia Marin, BA Florida International University
Christian Martinez, BS Florida International University
Liuvis Martinez, BS Florida International University
Maria Martinez, BS Florida International University
Anthony Massaro, BS Florida State University
German Mendoza, BS University of Florida
Amin Moghadam, BS, MS University of Houston
Barry University
Christine Monir, BS University of Central Florida
Solanch Morales, BS Florida International University
Darren Morgan, BS, MBS Hampton University
Rutgers University
Hind Naami, BS University of Miami
Helen Nguyen, BS Georgia Gwinnett College
Minh Chi Nguyen, BS University of California, Irvine
Noelle Niessen, BS University of Scranton
Ali Nili, BS, MS New York University
New York University
Andrey Niznik, BS, MS University of Central Florida
Barry University
Christopher Norris, BS, MS Nova Southeastern University
Barry University
Kanishka Patel, BS, MS University of Central Florida
Barry University
Maulin Patel, BS University of Florida
Pruthul Patel, BS, MBS Rutgers University
Rutgers University
Yogin Patel, BS, MBS Rutgers University
Rutgers University
Gabriella Perez, BS University of Miami
Jeanmarys Prohenza, BS Florida International University
Oliver Putzeys, BS University of Florida
Sarah Qureshi, BS University of Miami
Grant Ranchoff, BS Ohio State University
Benjamin Richards, BS University of Florida
Katherina Riestra, BS Florida International University
Halle Robinson, BS, MS Auburn University
Larkin University
Katelyn Roland, BS West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Christina Rostant, BS University of South Florida
Reena Rothman, BS Touro College
Ashley Rynar, BS, MS University of Florida
Tulane University
Helya Sadati, BS, MS Florida Atlantic University
Barry University
Andrew Sadek, BA City University of New York, Staten Isl.
Timothy Salar, BS Portland State University
Amaury Sanchez, BS Florida State University
Wendy Sarduy, BS University of South Florida
Sami Sheikh, BS, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Ingrid Simon, BS Florida International University
Russell Smith, BS, MBS University of South Carolina
Barry University
Nekki Soltanian, BBA Virginia Commonwealth University
Emma Spratt, BA University of Colorado
Austin Stacey, BS University of Nebraska
James Stewart, BS University of Missouri
Jennifer Summer, BS University of Delaware
Laura Suris, BS Florida International University
Mark Tadros, BS McGill University
Wirawut Thothong, BS University of Texas at Austin
John Torghele, BS, MBS Weber State University
Barry University
Raul Trujillo, BA Florida Atlantic University
Dominique Tsikis, BA Florida Atlantic University
Alismei Valdes, BS Florida International University
Richard Valera, BA Florida International University
Pinky Vanmali, BS University of Central Florida
Amelia Velazco, BS Florida International University
Nicoletta Venturini, BA Florida International University
Narian Viamontes, BS Florida International University
Rebecca Vizzi, BS, MS North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina
Riti Vohra, BS, Dual Admit. Nova Southeastern University
Romaisa Waseem, BS Florida International University
Tamara Younes, BS Geneva College
Elana Younger, BS University of Cincinnati
Mehrshad Yousefi, BS University of Central Florida
Sarah Youssef, BS University of South Florida
Jenna Zacharewicz, BS, MS College of Charleston
University of South Florida
Sierra Zarate, BS, MBS University of Central Florida
Nova Southeastern University

Welcome to the beginning of the rest of your dental career!

Oath Upon Entering
Nova Southeastern University
College of Dental Medicine

I accept this coat as a symbol of my professionand as a representation of my commitment to patients, to society, and to other health professionals.  While I serve my patients and represent the NSU College of Dental Medicine, I will exhibit personal and professional integrity.  I recognize the limits of my competence, and I commit myself to a lifetime learning and personal growth.  Without discrimination, I will honor my patients’ dignity while I provide compassionate and empathetic care.  I will be respectful of my patients, faculty, supporting staff, and fellow students.  I will act in the best interests of the patients I serve, even if there are conflicts with my own interests.  I will endeavor to earn the trust of my patients and colleagues by being truthful and respecting all that is confided in me.  In light of all I hold sacred, in the presence of my family, friends, and teachers, I pledge to fulfill these obligations as a member of the dental profession.

Vision of NSU College of Dental Medicine

To lead by having a significant impact on advancing oral and craniofacial health through innovation in dental education, clinical practice, scientific discovery and community service in local and global communities.

Mission of NSU College of Dental Medicine

To educate future dentists and to improve oral health through patient-centered care, academic excellence, research, leadership and commitment to the communities we serve particularly the special needs and underserved populations.

NSU Core Values

  • Academic Excellence
  • Student Centered
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Opportunity
  • Diversity
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Community
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