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.


Join us for a Virtual Spaghetti Social September 16th!

After you register, you'll receive an easy recipe for a delicious spaghetti sauce. You can prep your dinner using the recipe just prior to the social, and then we will eat "together" virtually.
The NMDA New Dentist Committee will be on hand to answer your questions about their experiences getting started in dentistry. This is your opportunity to ask all your questions!
After the event, look for a gift card and a commemorative apron in your mail box - our gift to you!


  Don't miss out on this great networking and learning opportunity!

September 16, 2021 - 6:00PM


If you are interested in this unique networking opportunity, please register today.
Registration Extended to September 6th, 2021


Join us for dinner to celebrate dentistry!

Join us November 12th at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Course for a Celebration of Dentistry dinner! We want to celebrate the amazing dentists in our communities and encourage students to join the profession. There will be a cocktail reception, delicious meal, networking opportunities, and a keynote speaker discussing this year’s topic, “Service in Dentistry”.

November 12, 2021
Event Center at Sandia Golf Course

Cocktail Reception 6:00PM 
(Registration opens at 5:30pm)
Enjoy a pre-event cocktail reception to meet and greet with our sponsors, dentists, and future dentists.


  Dinner 7:00PM

Join us to inspire and celebrate the future of dentistry!


If you are interested in this unique networking opportunity, please register today.
Registration deadline is November 5th, 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!


Thank you to our program 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