AAWD Chapter & AAWD Student Chapter Presence

Our ever expanding network of women dentists

AAWD Student Chapters

The following is a list of established student AAWD chapters.

Keep watching this list for our newest chapters in formation. If you have any questions or wish to start a chapter in your area, call AAWD Headquarters at (800) 920-2293.

Boston University

Contact:  Zara Nensey

Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University

Contact  Brittney D. Lewis

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

Contact:  Anna Liakh

Howard University, College of Dental Medicine

Contact:  Charmaine Walker

Indiana University

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Diaz Ramos

Medical University of South Carolina

Contact: Sumeen Maur

Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry

Contact:  JoKeidre’ Butler

Midwestern University – College of Dental Medicine – Illinois

Contact:  Fariha Querishi

Midwestern University – College of Dental Medicine Arizona Chapter

Contact:  Heather Leonard

New Jersey Dental School

Contact:  Samantha Bogle

Nova Southeastern University

Contact: Htet Bo

Roseman University of Health Sciences

Contact:  Meredith McKenna

Southern Illinois University

Contact:  Jillian Bruch

SUNY University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Contact:  aawdub@gmail.com

Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine

Contact:  Shruti Pore, and Sangita Murali

University of California, Los Angeles

Michelle Okamoto and  Melissa Ota

University of California, San Francisco

Lillian Dashiell or Lilly Padilla

University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine

Contact:  Sonam Sheth

University of Florida, College of Dentistry

Contact:  Michelle Thomas

University of Illinois, School of Dentistry

Contact: Anna Kolencherry

University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry

Contact:  Amy Goodlett

University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Contact:  Puja Sangoi

University of Maryland, College of Dentistry

Contact: Lauren Aguilar

University of Michigan, School of Dentistry

Contact:  Kerri Barberio

University of Mississippi, School of Dentistry

Contact: Alicia Rose

University of North Carolina, School of Denistry

Contact: Gina Patrice

University of Oklahoma, College of Dentistry

Contact: Dr. Kay Beavers

University of Pittsburgh

Contact  Eleanor Steel

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Contact:  Krishna Patel

University of the Pacific

Contact  Natalie Okuhara

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

Contact:  Pria Chang

West Virginia University, School of Dentistry

Contact:Savannah Stewart 

Western University of Health Sciences

Contact:  Jacquelyn Kasper

AAWD Local Chapters

The following is a list of established local AAWD chapters.

Central Missouri

The Central Missouri Chapter is underway. To find out how you can get involved,


Contact: Dr. Missy Shelton


For more information on the Cincinnati-Dayton, OH chapter of the AAWD,


Contact: Dr. April Hearns

Florida/Broward County

The Florida/Broward county chapter launched in March 2011. For more information on how to get involved,


Contact: Dr. Nancy Wiley

Greater St. Louis

For more information about the Greater St. Louis Chapter,


Contact: Dr. Katie Hotaling

Middle Tennessee Chapter

With a great group of women, the Middle Tennessee Chapter is off to a great start.



The Mississippi Chapter of the AAWD is located in Jackson, MS. The chapter works in conjunction with the student chapter at the University of Mississippi.


Contact: Dr. Michelle Burrage Crews

New York

For more information about the New York Chapter,


Contact: Dr. Megan Chin


Formed in 1985 and boasting a membership of 100 dentists and students, The Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists works in conjunction with their local student chapter at the University of Oklahoma.


Contact: Dr. Phoebe Vaughan, DDS

South Florida

For more information about the South Florida Chapter,


Contact: aawdsoflo@gmail.com

How To Start A Student Chapter

If no local AAWD chapter exists at your school and you would like to help start one, follow these instructions to help get an active chapter up and running.

  1. Begin by assessing the level of interest of the students at your school. This can be done via informal survey, phone calls or e-mails.
  2. Create an organizing committee. This committee will be responsible for:
    • Drafting a constitution (HQ has a draft you can use)
    • Initiating a membership drive (HQ can help*)
    • Arrange for a first general membership meeting
  3. At your first general membership meeting, you should:
    • Elect the inaugural Board of Directors
    • Vote on the bylaws
    • Set up committees
    • Determine time, time and place or regular membership meetings.
    • Determine amount of Chapter dues (Note: Student dues are $55/year for national dues + cost of chapter dues. 1st year student have the option to join for 4 years at $180 – $10 is rebated back to the chapter.) All chapter members must join AAWD nationally.
  4. Your Treasurer should establish a checking account for the chapter. The account should be set up in the name of the chapter. (See legal guidelines.)
  5. Collect membership applications and send them in to the HQ office and keep your officers list updated on a yearly basis.

If you have any further questions, e-mail Dr. Kady Rawal, Director of Student Chapter Development, at kady@bu.edu *With the help of AAWD Headquarters, the Student chapter should plan a kick-off event or membership drive. It can be a lunch and learn, breakfast meeting, whatever works best for the student population. AAWD HQ will help in securing a sponsor for the event, and arrange for a member of the National Board to be there to give an overview of the benefits of membership in AAWD. Download These Instructions (pdf)

How To Start A Local Chapter

Contact AAWD Headquarters at chapters@aawd.org and request a Chapter Start-up Kit. Your Chapter Start-up Kit will contain useful information to get your chapter started, including:

  • Start up “Forms”
  • Membership Applications/List of Benefits
  • Legal Guidelines for starting chapter and financials
  • AAWD National Bylaws
  • Sample Bylaws for your local chapter to adopt.
  • Information on setting up a tax ID #, bank account and budgeting

From there, you can – (with our help):

  • Set up an organizational meeting for local area dentists
  • Create a local chapter name
  • Elect officers
  • Once you have your group together you will decide how much dues you want to charge per year for membership dues
  • Decide what type meetings you would like to hold . . .
    • Social
    • Academic Dental or Non-Dental Topics
    • Combination of both
  • Decide how many times a year you would like to meet . . .
    • i.e. 4 times a year; 1 or 2 social events
  • Submit Officer names and contact information to AAWD Headquarters.

Now you’re on your way! If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Puja Sangoi at pujasangoi@yahoo.com

The following are the chapter documents that must be submitted to the national office at least once annually. If you have any questions regarding updating a chapter, please feel free to contact the national office by telephone at 800-920-2293 or email, chapters@aawd.org.


Student Chapter Resources

Student Rebate Checklist

Student Chapter Officers Form

Student Chapter Member Form


Local Chapter Resources

Local Chapter Checklist

Local Chapter Officers Form

AAWD Membership Application