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.

Mentoring/Clinic Observations

For the month of March and April the NMDA and NMDAF will be focusing on providing students, residents and new dentists with an opportunity for mentorship and/or clinic observation with dentists. 


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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The NMDAF is the charitable arm of the NMDA