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DH Students Sweep Awards at TDHA Gathering

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 1:13pm

UTSD students and faculty swept top honors at the Texas Dental Hygienist's Association Student Annual Session.

UTSD dental hygiene students won top awards at the Texas Dental Hygienist's Association's 2013 student session in San Marcos.

Dental hygiene students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston swept top honors at the annual student session of the Texas Dental Hygienists Association in February, including table clinic awards and the association’s Outstanding Student honor.

More than 60 students and faculty from UTSD attended the Feb. 22-23 gathering in San Marcos, which also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the dental hygiene profession. The UTSD winners include three teams who took the top three table clinic presentation awards; second-year student Nadia Garza, who was named Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student in Texas; and two other UTSD students who were awarded scholarships.

Nadia Garza


Garza has a lengthy record of volunteering and community service. She is active in the student chapters of the American Dental Hygiene Association and Hispanic Student Dental Association, devoting time to mentoring and various health fairs and service projects.

A Texas native who graduated from Eisenhower High School in Houston, Garza also served as a dental hygiene student representative to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and participated in the ADEA annual meeting and oral health summit.

“I enjoy and cherish each time I volunteer, educate and advocate optimal oral health,” Garza wrote in her nomination essay, and she plans to remain active in ADHA after graduation. 

In the table clinic contest Holly Carraway, Jennifer Lindesmith and Farnaz Safavi won first place for their presentation “Ozone Therapy and Its Effect on Oral Microflora.” Second place went to Chand Singh, Nickie Vu and Thai Nguyen for their presentation “Spinal Cord Injuries: Oral Complications and Patient Management.”

Andrea Mohs, Leslie James and Ashley Clement took third place for their table clinic on HPV “Watch Your Mouth: I Am Talking to You.”

Mohs also received a TDHA scholarship and Fouzia Mohammad was awarded the Texas Dental Placement Network Scholarship.