The NMDAF and the NMDA are committed to inspiring future dentists by providing leadership, mentoring and networking opportunities, and events to pre-dental students, dental students, residence dentists and new dentists.


Throughout the year this program gives opportunities for training, mentorships, and coordination of clinic observations. Once a year a celebration of dentistry dinner is thrown where students and mentors can come together to celebrate the year and be inspired.  


Upcoming events.

Emerging Leaders Zoom Webinar

The NMDAF and the NMDA are joining together to provide leadership programming in the New Mexico dental community.

For our next event, we will be hosting a virtual event called “Specialists in Dentistry”. Dr. David Martinez, Dr. Kari Harnick, and Dr. David Hadley will explore some different specialties in dentistry, and share their experiences.




Join us for a Virtual Spaghetti Social September 16th!

The Emerging Leaders Program is hosting a Virtual Spaghetti Social this September! You will receive a recipe and a gift card to purchase ingredients to make your own spaghetti dinner with our guest chef, and connect while you enjoy your meal.


  Ingredients provided - Guest Chef - September 16, 2021 - 6:00PM


If you are interested in this unique networking opportunity, please register today.
Must register by August 20, 2021

2021 Program Outline

Mentoring and Volunteering

February 25, 6:00pm, virtual platform

  • Michael Sparks, Dr. Michael Haight and Dr. Michael Law
    • Mentoring: What It Means to Me
    • Ways to Volunteer
  • Post-meeting - sign-up for mentoring/shadowing opportunities

What Practice Model is Best for Me?        

March 11, 6:00pm, virtual platform

  • Kelley Hollingsworth-Ryals
    • DSO – Pros and Cons
  • Elizabeth Rivers
    • Public Health – Pros and Cons
  • Omar Pereyra
    • Private Practice – Pros and Cons
  • Melanie Velasquez, Bank of the West
    • How to finance a dental practice

Mentoring/Clinic Observation


  • Match/coordination statewide

Online Auction Fundraising Event



Specialists in Dentistry

August 19, 6:00pm, virtual platform

  • Endodontist – Dr. David Hadley
  • Orthodontist – Dr. Kari Harnick
  • Pediatric Dentist – Dr. David Martinez

Mentoring/Clinical Observation


  • Match/coordination statewide

Online Spaghetti Social

September 16, 6:00pm, virtual platform

  • Spaghetti-making kits shipped to participants
  • Panel: New Dentist Committee members
    • Lead conversation about mentoring/networking, Q&A

Educational Workshop

October 21, 6:00 pm, virtual platform

  • NDX Ideal Dental Laboratory - Albuquerque


Emerging Leaders Dinner - NMDAF

November 12, 5:30pm, in-person, Sandia Golf Club – Celebration of Dentistry

Service in Dentistry


Leadership Training

December, virtual platform



Program Sponsors

Thank you to our prime sponsor!


New Mexico Foundation for Dental Health, Education & Research (dba. NM Dental Association Foundation)

PO Box 16854

Albuquerque, NM  87191

Office: (505) 298-7206

Fax: (505) 554-3836


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All donations are tax-deductible.

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The NMDAF is the charitable arm of the NMDA