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Kristin Heller '14 Wins Delta Dental Student Leadership Award Scholarship

May  22, 2014

At a recent Delta Dental of California awards luncheon, Kristin Heller '14 was honored for her outstanding leadership and academic achievement. The award is given to students who have demonstrated leadership skills in their activities and accomplishments during dental and pre-dental education. Award winners are actively involved in civic and community service, excel in academics and have outstanding accomplishments in dentistry or related sciences. Awardees are chosen from each California dental school by the school's dean.

"Leadership in dentistry comes naturally when you love what you do and want to create positive change in your community," said Heller. "There are so many ways that dentists and dental students can be agents of change - whether we are fixing smiles and alleviating pain, sharing tips on brushing, or just listening to patients who've had a rough day. I am so honored to receive this award, and am grateful to all who have challenged me and helped me grow as a leader, student and future dentist."  

Heller is in the top 10 percent of her class and currently serves as Associated Student Body President. She previously served as the president of the Class of 2014. She is a member of the dental school's Strategic Plan Oversight Committee and participates in many extracurricular activities including the Dugoni Practical Leadership Institute (DPLI), the Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program, Project Homeless Connect, Give Kids a Smile, the Student Ambassador Program, the Simulation Course, Big Sibling Mentorship Program and the Academy of General Dentistry.    

Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California, Heller attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton where she received her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, and she is currently in the process of completing her master's degree in Biological Sciences. She will graduate from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry with her dental degree in June 2014. After graduation, Heller plans to move to San Antonio, Texas to join her husband, Kurt (also a Pacific graduate). They will then move to North Carolina where Kurt will participate in the endodontics residency program at Fort Bragg.  

"Kristin has a rare combination of intelligence, charisma, compassion and humor that will allow her to be an inspirational leader and excellent dental professional in any path she chooses," said Dr. Eddie Hayashida, associate dean for administration. "It has been such an honor to know her, and we are excited to send her off with best wishes for her next adventure."

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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