Officers

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Presidents: Deeba Danesh & Guiselle Murillo
Vice President: Andre Kohanoff
Secretary: Alexis Dion
Treasurer: Miya Eberlein
Social Coordinator: Candice Shahandeh-Rad
Community Service Coordinators: Nima Natanzi &  Marlene Arceo
Recruitment Director: Michelle Pham
Webmaster: Jacob Kohanoff
Presidents
deeba

Deeba Danesh
Year: Graduate
Major: History
Member since: 2015
Favorite thing about PDSOP: PDSOP is a family. Every time I walk into the room, I automatically feel at ease knowing that everyone around me is on a similar path with similar struggles. Having this group as a support system makes the application process less intimidating and allows you to gain the tools necessary for success. PDSOP has brought amazing speakers whom have opened my eyes to how dental schools across the nation function and how to be a competitive and genuine applicant. Additionally, the members of this group have inspired me to pursue different opportunities throughout my undergraduate experience, some of which I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Being a member has enriched my experience here at UCLA and I couldn’t imagine my undergraduate career without it!
Favorite Quote: “Those whom do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.”

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Guiselle Murillo
Year: Graduate
Major: Biology
Member since: 2013
Favorite thing about PDSOP:My favorite thing about PDSOP is learning from fellow members and dental students. We all bring so much to the table. Every member in this organization is important because we all have something unique about us. We all have a story to tell. Our experiences enrich PDSOP and provide guidance for not just the first years that are interested in dentistry but also for the members that are in the process of applying. We are all in it together to create a positive encouraging environment for all our members.
Favorite Quote: “It’s not whether you get knocked down, It’s whether you get up” – Vince Lombardi

 Vice President:

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Andre Kohanoff
Year: Graduate
Major: Sociology
Member Since: 2015
Favorite thing about PDSOP: My favorite thing about PDSOP is the environment and the people that I am surrounded by. It is extremely helpful and beneficial when speaking to peers in the club who are reaching for the same goal as I am. From speaking to others in the club, I have gained valuable information that will guide me throughout the application process and that has truly cemented my passion for dentistry. I love that PDSOP introduces pre-dental students to reps from various dental schools and that it plays an important role in applying to dental school.
Favorite Quote: “F.E.A.R. has two meanings – Forget Everything And Run OR Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.”

Secretary:

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Alexis Dion
Year: Graduate
Major: Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Member Since: 2015
Favorite thing about PDSOP:  PDSOP has provided me with so many dental related opportunities and really helped me solidify my decision to pursue dentistry! I also love the community service events, especially Happy Teeth. It is so much fun to teach elementary students about a topic that I am passionate about. Finally, I have made many friends through the club that share my interest in dentistry. We are always there to support each other through our pre-dental journies!
Favorite Quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Christopher Robin

Treasurer:
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Miya Eberlein
Year: Junior
Major: Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology
Member Since: 2015
Favorite thing about PDSOP: Meeting people that have similar career goals as I do!
Favorite Quote: “You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you!” -Andy Warhol 
Social Coordinator:
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Candice Shahandeh-Rad
Year: Graduate
Major: Psychology
Member Since: 2015
Favorite thing about PDSOP:  PDSOP is a family. Every time I walk into the room, I automatically feel at ease knowing that everyone around me is on a similar path with similar struggles. Having this group as a support system makes the application process less intimidating and allows you to gain the tools necessary for success. PDSOP has brought amazing speakers whom have opened my eyes to how dental schools across the nation function and how to be a competitive and genuine applicant. Additionally, the members of this group have inspired me to pursue different opportunities throughout my undergraduate experience, some of which I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Being a member has enriched my experience here at UCLA and I couldn’t imagine my undergraduate career without it!
Favorite Quote: “Those whom do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.”

Community Service Coordinators

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Nima Natanzi

Year: Graduate
Major: Sociology
Member Since: 2015
Favorite thing about PDSOP:  PDSOP offered me many dental related experiences which ultimately solidified my interest in dentistry as well as the opportunity to interact with other pre-dental students throughout my time as an undergraduate student at UCLA.
Favorite Quote: “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

marlene

Marlene Arceo
Year: Senior
Major: Psychobiology
Member Since: 2016
Favorite thing about PDSOP: I love that PDSOP provides a community for those who are thinking about dental school or who are worried about the application process. It is comforting to be around other kind and motivated individuals who share the same goals and interests
Favorite Quote: “The giving of love is an education in itself” -Eleanor Roosevelt

 Recruitment director
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Michelle Pham
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Member Since: 2015
Favorite thing about PDSOP: It’s hard to choose a favorite thing because PDSOP is a wonderful club that provides a plethora of resources and opportunities for pre-dentals from dental workshops to guest lectures on the application process and various dental schools. Also, through PDSOP, you get to meet others that are on this dental journey that understand and support you. Personally, a memory that stands out to me in PDSOP was participating in Happy Teeth. Through Happy Teeth, I had the opportunity to teach elementary school children about teeth hygiene. I got to interact with some of the must curious and bright children that were eager to learn about dentistry. Not too mention, they ask some of the most interesting questions such as “Can dogs get cavities?”.
Favorite Quote: “Life is short; smile while you still have teeth” -Unknown
Webmaster
 jacob
Jacob Kohanoff
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Member Since: 2016
Favorite thing about PDSOP: PDSOP was there to supplement me with everything I needed. It gave me tips for the DAT, background on different dental fields, support for the application process, and much more. It is just so amazing to me how everything I possibly needed was always here at this one place.
Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela

 

 

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