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.

Online Auction Fundraiser
June 1 - June 20, 2021

We are auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise money to create healthy smiles in New Mexico.  There is something for everyone, and every sold item will ensure that we can continue our efforts to improve access to oral health care and oral health literacy in the state of New Mexico.


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