Meet the Team

Yara Qubti

President

president@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2019

Major

Biology, Business Foundations Program

Hometown

Lubbock, TX

What’s your go to karaoke song?

My go to karaoke song is Dancing Queen by ABBA!

What is your favorite part about TPS?

My favorite part about TPS is the people! I love having a community of such motivated people to look to for support and advice. I also really enjoy the dental-related volunteer opportunities that TPS provides.

What other organizations are you involved with on campus?

I am also a member of Texas Chi Omega and Global Medical Training. In addition, I took part of the IES Study Abroad Program this past summer!

What is your advice for fellow pre-dental students?

Get involved! Volunteer, shadow, and network as much as you can, and do not be afraid to reach out for help or advice when you need it!

Jourdan Nguyen

Vice-President

vicepresident@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2019

Major

Biology, Business Foundations Program

Hometown

Dallas, TX

What is your favorite meme or Vine?

Say no more memes.

What is your favorite part about TPS?

TPS can be very enjoyable and fun if you invest in it and are willing to meet the numerous members in it. It is also very informative and helpful in our progress of becoming a dentist though.

Where do you volunteer?

I am apart of Texas Healthy Habits, which is a great organization to be in. I also volunteer in Dallas at various elementary schools.

What is your advice for fellow pre-dental students?

Work hard in school and remember what is on the line but don’t overdo it and overstress where it takes over your life like I did. Chillllll.

Ava Gates

Secretary

secretary@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2020

Major

Public Health, Business Foundations Program

Hometown

Round Rock, TX

What kind of cult would you start?

I would start one where people raise animals and work the land and their favorite color is maroon… oh wait they already exist.

What made you want to be a dentist?

I have always been interested in human wellness and what I can do to help others. I also love the artistry and mechanical nature involved in dentistry.

Where do you volunteer?

I volunteer at the William’s School in Austin. The school focuses on improving the lives of children on the Autism Spectrum. I absolutely love interacting with the kids and helping them learn to express themselves.

What ways do you relieve stress?

I love being outdoors and on the water. I scuba dive, kayak, sail, and swim in my free time. I also love to travel, read, and paint.

Nikhil Kalla

Treasurer

treasurer@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2021

Major

Finance, Pre-Health Professions Certificate

Hometown

Abilene, TX

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

As much as some people hate it, I actually enjoy pineapple on my pizza.

What is your favorite part about TPS?

Everyone in TPS is one big family with a similar goal of getting into dental school.

Do you have any unusual life goals?

I would like to own a supercar at some point in my life.

What is your favorite vine or meme?

It is an avocado... thanks!

Richard Fu

Community Service Director

service@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2019

Major

Biochemistry and Philosophy, BFP

Hometown

McKinney, TX

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

If you do not like pineapple on pizza, you are wrong and we can not be friends.

What made you want to be a dentist?

I had really bad teeth growing up, and it made me anxious and self-conscious about my smile. My dentists and orthodontists fixed a lot of problems with my teeth and made a world of difference in my life. I want to help people in the same way they did for me.

Is there something you are really passionate about?

Headphones. Who knew someone could be both boring and weird at the same time?

What is your advice for fellow pre-dental students?

Speaking from personal experience, everything can seem both intimidating and overwhelming at first. If you set tangible goals and fill out a timeline of what you want accomplished during each year, everything will look so much simpler and easier. And stick with TPS! As a member and fellow pre-dent, TPS is your greatest resource and will keep you on the right track.

Julie Langenbahn

Public Relations Director

publicrelations@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2019

Major

Biology, Business Foundations

Hometown

Hometown Colleyville, TX

What’s your go to karaoke song?

Fergalicious by Fergie. And yes, I sing the entire rap (not well though).

What made you want to be a dentist?

When I was 13, I fell off of a Segway and broke my two front teeth. Two root canals, two crowns, and countless dentist visits later, I knew that dentistry was the perfect career for me.'

Do you have any advice for pre-dental students?

Study hard but never forget to have fun!!

Where do you volunteer?

I volunteer with Austin Partners in Education where I get to teach 8th graders math. This has been the most rewarding experience of my college career and it’s an opportunity I got through TPS!

Justin Alozie

Social Director

social@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2019

Major

Public Health

Hometown

Mansfield, TX

What are your other interests or involvements?

I love football, especially all things related to the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. I love binge watching television shows and reading when I have time. Movies are everything to me and I typically try to watch all the best picture nominees every year. I am also a member of African Student Organization and Texas Public Health.

What is your favorite part about TPS?

My favorite part about TPS is meeting and connecting with like-minded people who are passionate about dentistry. I enjoy how this organization represents different facets of what it takes to be a well-rounded dental applicant. I love meeting new people and sharing aspects of my own journey because we are all different.

How do you relieve stress?

I relieve stress by hanging out with friends, watching movies or, exercising. If I’m ever overwhelmed by schoolwork, I try to decompress and do things that are unrelated to schoolwork. One thing I always tell myself is that my “health is my wealth.” This is especially true because the field of dentistry can be stressful and often if you don’t develop healthy ways to deal with stress, it can take a toll on your body. Mental health is more important than any test could ever be. I never pass on a moment to take a deep breath and take things one step at a time.

What is your advice for fellow pre-dental students?

Don’t worry about keeping up with other people. The road to dental school is not a race. Often times people will think it is the end of the world if they aren’t on track to finish all the requirements needed to apply to dental school in the recommended time frame. It is okay to not be on track. The thing I love about the dental application process is that everyone is different. The qualities you bring to the table as strengths might be weaknesses for other people. My advice is to always stay true to yourself and remember the reason why you want to do dentistry in the first place.

Bennett Stirton

Philanthropy Director

floss@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2021

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Hometown

Austin, TX

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

Get it off!!

What is your favorite part about TPS?

I love being able to have an impact on our community! And everytime I walk into a TPS meeting or social event I make new friends.

Do you have any unusual life goals?

I really really REALLY wish I could juggle, I’ll get there eventually. Does juggling count as a resume booster?

Other organizations you’re involved in at UT?

I am the freshman representative in the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate advisory board.