Amarillis Jacobo – New York, NY
Dr. Amarilis Jacobo is one of the most respected leaders of the Dominican Dental community, and the Hispanic Dental community. Her influence extends to many other ethnic groups within Dentistry. Dr. Jacobo is extremely loyal to the ADA and NYSDA and works tirelessly to promote organize Dentistry and the profession as a whole. Read More
Vidal Balderas, DDS, MPH – San Antonio, TX
Dr. Balderas was born and raised in San Antonio and along the
U.S. / Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras Coahuila, Mexico home to his grandparents. He is the son of Daniel Segovia Balderas and Evangelina Garza Balderas, a migrant family who worked South Texas and the Mid Western states especially Michigan. Read More
Frank Ramos, DDS – San Antonio, TX
Dr. Francisco P. Ramos is a native of Lubbock Texas, born and raised as a migrant worker until the 10th grade at Lubbock High. He graduated from Texas Tech University 1983 with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and Minor in Chemistry. During his undergraduate studies he participated in Chemistry research which became his passion. After graduation Dr. Ramos conducted medical research at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in the department of Ophthalmology. Read more.
Anna M. Munne, M.D., D.D.S., M.S- Houston, TX
Dr. Anna M. Munne¢ was born in Barcelona, Spain. Educated in the European school system, she graduated in 1983 from medical school at the Central University of Barcelona. She worked as a physician for INSALUD (Institution of Health in Spain), actively working in the Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit. In 1987, she graduated in Dentistry from the same university. Immediately she became part of the staff of the General Hospital of Catalunya working in general dentistry. She was admitted in the Department of Endodontics under the direction of Dr. Jaime Cuenca and completed her specialty in Endodontics. Read More
Luis Camilo Yepes, DDS, MS – San Antonio, TX
Dr. Luis Yepes graduated as a Dentist in 1995 followed by a certification in Endodontics in 1999 from the Pontifical Xaverian University in his home country, Colombia.
Dr. Yepes came to United States in 2007 to complete a General Practice Residency program at the University of Kentucky for two years. In June 2009, Dr. Yepes started a Fellowship in Endodontics and General Dentistry at the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry, where he worked as an Instructor at the clinic and pre-clinic.
In 2012 Dr. Yepes started working as an Assistant Professor, now as Assistant group leader and Module Director for the treatment planning at the comprehensive Dentistry department at University of Texas health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Yepes is also involved in multiple teaching activities supporting undergraduate programs.
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Zuzana Mendez, DMD – Boston, MA
Dr. Mendez is originally from Las Matas de Farfan, Dominican Republic and obtained her dental degree from both the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
One of the longest-serving members of the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association, she has helped foreign-trained dentists understand the US system, return to school or work in the Community Health Center. She volunteered and mentored in the Boston area as well as in San Salvador, Central America, Santo Domingo via the MHDA Humanitarian Mission.
Dr. Mendez’ experience ranges after obtaining a General Practice Fellowship from Tufts University Dental School ranges from being a General Dentist at Hospital Central of the Dominican Armed Force and the Dominican Republic Department of Public Health and Social Assistance to teacher assistant at Madison Park High School.
Her second General Practice residency has focused on Special Needs and Medical compromised patients working with a Limit Dental License at Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg, MA and at Gardner Community Health Center. She is a part of the International Program for foreign dentist at Tufts University Dental School and served as Upham’s Corner Health Center Dental Director (2011), President of MHDA (2010-12) and is a co-founder of the Symposium in Dental Careers (2011).
Ricardo Y. Mendoza, DDS, MS – Chicago, IL
Dr. Mendoza specializes in Pediatric Dentistry, a call he decided to pursue while finishing dental school at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and working briefly in Caracas as a General Practitioner. After obtaining a Masters degree at the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, he continued with a two year fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where he has taught for the last 15 years as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He wears several hats including Community Outreach Dental Coordinator, UIC Peds Dentistry Faculty member, Attending at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and managing partner of CHICAGO SMILE SPECIALISTS (www.chicagosmilespecialists.com) formerly known as Just Kids Dental & Orthodontics in Logan Square in Chicago. An HDA member since 1998, Dr. Mendoza was invited to become part of the Board of Trustees where he has served for the last four years. He is also 2013 President of the HDA Greater Chicago Professional Chapter. His passions include working with Special Needs individuals serving as Co-Chair of the Chicago Special Olympics, Special Smiles Program for the last 14 years.
Esperanza Rodriguez, DDS – Bronx, NY
Dr. Esperanza A. Rodriguez was born and raised in The Dominican Republic, received her first Dental Degree from Universidad Central Del Este. After an Endodontic Post-Graduate program went on to teaching until her immigration to USA specifically New York, where she obtained her DDS degree from NYU. Read More
Edwin A. del Valle-Sepúlveda DMD- San Juan, PR
Dr. del Valle-Sepulveda is a board-certified oral surgeon. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in pre-professional sciences from Purdue University in West Lafayette. He went on to earn his doctoral degree and complete his residency at the University of Puerto Rico. For several years he has been an active member of the Dental community by participating in several professional organizations. Dr. del Valle-Sepulveda has authored multiple poster presentations in scientific meetings and publications in scientific journals. He is also a regular presenter for various dental student programs and associations.
Mercedes Mota-Martines DDS- Corona, NY
Dr. Mota-Martinez completed her undergraduate education and received her dental degree in her native Dominican Republic, at the Universidad Central del Este in San Pedro de Macoris. Upon her arrival in the United States, Dr. Mota-Martinez received her Doctor of Dental Surgery certification from the New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Mota-Martinez continued her post-graduatetraining in Periodontics, Orthodontics, and Implant Dentistry and has received post-graduate certification in all of these branches of dentistry.
Upon completing her training, Dr. Mota-Martinez established her private practice in Co
rona, where she has provided quality dental care and cultivated deep community bonds for more than 20 years. Dr. Mota-Martinez’s involvement in organized dentistry spreads well beyond the office in Corona having served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national level. Dr. Mota-Martinez is currently President of the New York City Chapter of the HDA.
Jose-Julio Hernandez-Blouin – Dental Student Trustee
Jose-Julio Hernandez-Blouin was born into Mexican and French-Canadian family and grew up in San Diego, CA. From youth, he was greatly interested in the health-sciences, he consequently pursued his B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology which he received from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Deciding to return to his native California, Jose-Julio is currently a 3rd year dental student at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was the 2013-2014 president of the UCSF’s Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (CHE) chapter and is the 2014-2015 outreach coordinator of the UCSF HSDA chapter. Through his involvement in multiple UCSF student organizations, he primarily volunteers at events working with Hispanic and under-represented minority youth. Jose-Julio plans to specialize in periodontics or oral surgery and will, in the future, return to practice in San Diego where he will continue to serve the Latino community and the community-at-large.
Alina O’Brien – Dental Student Trustee
Alina received a B.A. from Cornell University in 2010, double majoring in French and Biology and Science, with a focus on health policy. While serving on Cornell’s Emergency Medical Service, she realized that she would never be satisfied with studying only how health policy affected patients in the abstract; she wanted to be the clinician who treated them. Alina completed the Health Careers Program at Harvard University while working as a Research Assistant on an NIH-funded clinical osteoarthritis trial at Tufts Medical Center. She has presented her research at national and international conferences. She became involved in the HDA as a pre-dental student, drawn to the organization and its mission to improve oral health among Hispanics. Currently a second-year student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Alina is the co-president of Columbia’s Hispanic Student Dental Association. In addition, she was awarded a fellowship to continue her work in research and serves in multiple leadership positions at the university, including co-chairing the orientation week committee, serving on the student admissions committee, and working as a legislative chair for ASDA. She is excited to serve the HDA at a national level and work closely with the leadership to shape the organization’s future.
Kenny A. Robles Gonzalez – Dental Student Trustee
Kenny A. Robles Gonzalez was born and raised in Cuba. Kenny moved to the United States in 2007, when he was in his third year of dental school in Cuba. Once in the United States, Kenny continued to pursue a career in dentistry. In 2013, He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. While at UCLA, Kenny began mentoring Latino youth who aspired to transfer to a four-year university. During this time, he also worked with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) performing research that focused on stem cells in submandibular salivary glands. Currently, Kenny is a third year dental student at Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. Kenny is adamant about combining his passion for dentistry with his desire to serve underprivileged and underserved communities. He is now the president of the Hispanic Student Dental Association chapter at the University of Southern California and actively participates in volunteer activities and educational event that focus on bringing awareness to local communities. As an active member on the board of trustees of the Hispanic Dental Association, Kenny has a desire to use his dental career in continuing to work with the Latino community in raising awareness, while providing needed and appropriate dental care.