Current Officers

2018-2019 Executive Board

Yanisa Stuart

Yanisa Stuart

PRESIDENT

president.pdsa@gmail.com

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Year: Senior

Interests: Half marathons, Cuban cafecito, volunteering with the special needs community, Netflix shows from Spain, and a lot of pizza

What interests me about dentistry: Dentistry is a medical profession in which you can grow with your patient and improve their quality of life! How awesome is that? I love the attention to detail that dentistry entails and I can’t wait to change the world, one smile at a time.

Words of Advice: Colossians 3:12 “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Give your whole heart to the cause and let your passion carry you to the end goal! Together we can achieve and learn so much so take advantage of every opportunity and reach out to others in the club. Most importantly, never count yourself and believe in YOU!

Favorite Quote: “Some women fear the fire. Some simply become it.”

One word that describes me: Go-getter

Felix Yeung

Felix Yeung

SERGEANT AT ARMS

pdsa.volunteering@gmail.com

Major: Biology

Minor: Health Sciences

Interests: Volunteering, the gym, food (cooking and eating), sports, music, movies, and stocks

What interests me about dentistry: Dentistry shapes me as an individual as it allows me to utilize my creativity and challenge myself to become a better member of my community. Furthermore, dentistry can drastically improve the lifestyle, self-esteem, and overall health of people. The oral cavity is an incredible part of the body with so many important functions in our daily activity including food consumption, verbal communication, facial expressions, and most importantly—smiling. A smile is a universally recognizable gesture.

Words of Advice: “Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.” -Pauline Kael. Always push yourself to the limit and the best you can be. Through determination and willpower, you can overcome any obstacles! Your dreams can become reality as long as you never up nor doubt yourself!

Favorite Quote: “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.”

One word that describes me: Analytical

 

Elisa Nonlall

Elisa Nonlall

SECRETARY

pdsa.ucf@gmail.com

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Interests: Netflix, volunteering, baking, and swimming

What interests me about dentistry: Dentistry is all around beautiful. By changing a smile, you are able to change life which changes the world. This field allows you to interact and grow with patients and no one day is the same. It utilizes technology, science and art to improve patient’s heath all around the world. You are not only doing a job, but also helping to shape the world and the future for oral health care.

Words of Advice: Never forget your passion and the reason you do the things you do. Remember that there are people by your side through every step and that there are no limits to what you can achieve! Never give up on your dreams. Always stay motivated, work hard, and take advantage of all the opportunities this organization has to offer!

Favorite Quote: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”

One word that describes me: Amicable

Bryce Pitts

Bryce Pitts

VICE PRESIDENT

pdsa.vicepresident@gmail.com

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Minor: Theater

Year: Junior

Interests: Speech & debate, acting, singing, knitting, painting, volunteering, ANYTHING DISNEY, going to the theater

What interests me about dentistry: Dentistry is a combination of Art and Science, two things that I love. It’s not very often that you can find a job that combines both of your passions. There is also an opportunity to “Give Back” with this profession. Many people all over the world do not have access to proper Dental care. As a Dentist I can make a difference in those peoples lives by alleviating their pain and helping them find their smile. I believe that everyone deserves to love their smile, its our universal language.

Words of Advice: Get involved! UCF has so many opportunities for students to grow in leadership roles or to be a part of student organizations. There are so many students with your same interests, you just have to go out and find them!

Favorite Quote: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie-the-Pooh

One word that describes me: Vivacious

John Saleb

John Saleb

TREASURER

treasury.pdsa@gmail.com

Major: Health Sciences Pre-Clinical

Year: Senior

Interests: Playing the violin, music, volunteering, art, traveling, meeting new people, and socializing

What interests me about dentistry: What I love about dentistry is that it has so many aspects of other careers mixed together in a blender to give us dentistry as a product. It’s about making people feel good about the way they look by using both medicine and art, not to mention the blessing of also relieving a throbbing pain of someone who has been suffering. Dentistry is truly so many amazing things put into one profession.

Words of Advice: The most important thing to have in life is a vision. The second is to have a plan which will direct you to attain your vision. Always live to be thankful and hopeful– that will teach you to dream in the toughest moments you go through. Stay positive, dream big, network, and work the hardest!

Favorite Quote: “Everyone ends up somewhere, but not everyone ends up somewhere on purpose.” – Andy Stanley

One word that describes me: Persistent

Yanisel Stuart

Yanisel Stuart

MEDIA RELATIONS

mediarelations.pdsa@gmail.com

Major: Health Sciences

Interests: The 70’s, the Bee Gee’s, anything retro or vintage, music, art, travel, new cultural encounters (food, music, conversations, discovery), serving the underserved, nature, running, incredible athletic achievements (marathons, the Olympics), attending sporting events… and Taylor Swift!

What interests me about dentistry: Dentistry allows me to make an impact on the world. By making one person feel special, we create a butterfly affect. Once that one person is made felt special, the possibility of more good is in their hands and in this way, overall goodness is spread. Additionally, dentistry allows me to apply art to the human anatomy, something very poetic and beautiful.

Words of Advice: Eventually, you may lose sight of the goal, your purpose, or even yourself. Surround yourself with people who keep you rooted. Remember who you are, where you come from, and what your goals are. Self doubt is a silent killer. Every obstacle can be overcome, however, with self doubt, real success and satisfaction cannot be attained. Self assurance, mental strength, hard work, and humility, will lead you to happiness and success.

Favorite Quote: “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

One word that describes me: Genuine