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Diven to Serve 

11 years, 43 volunteer dental missions and one AAOMS Humanitarian Award for this chief resident

Driven to serve

His experience in a Houston-area high school gym set him on a course that he says he’ll continue to follow for the rest of his life. But Barker’s time in this particular gym, he says, had nothing to do with workout equipment or basketball hoops.

Instead, the space was occupied by 40 dental chairs and patients — 800 over two days — who had come for much-needed, donated care from volunteer dentists and students.

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Dr. Ety Friedman, left, with Dr. Valerie Slater ’18 during a College of Dentistry campus visit in fall 2017

Dr. Ety Friedman

"My experience probably was different than that of my classmates because at the time there were not too many woman dentists," said Dr. Friedman.

"After practicing for a while as an associate ... and a few hours a week in public health dentistry, which I had done in my native country, I decided to open my own practice. Surprise of surprises! I could not get a loan unless my husband co-signed. I imagine any of my classmates ... didn’t have to have their wives co-sign."

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Dr. Larry Herwig ’84

Distinguished Alumnus
September 12th, 2018

Dr. Larry Herwig '84

It’s hard to imagine anyone more committed to mentoring, leadership or service than Dr. Larry Herwig ’84, Texas A&M College of Dentistry’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus. He seems to find more than 24 hours in a day and use that time to give back to his profession and alma mater.

Herwig’s activities reveal a heart for students and volunteerism. He is a mentor in Great Expectations, a private practice preceptor in public health sciences and an onsite clinician for student volunteers at events including Texas Mission of Mercy.

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Dr. Allison Fowler ’13

Distinguished Alumna
September 12th, 2018

Dr. Allison Fowler '13

In the midst of building her practice, which she opened in Dallas’ Park Cities in 2016, Dr. Allison Fowler ’13 is intentional about her desire to influence others. It is one of the prime factors that led her back to Texas A&M College of Dentistry part time as an adjunct clinical assistant professor just two years after graduating.

Fowler’s work with dental students caught the attention of fellow alum Dr. Joe Simmons ’98, ’99, clinical assistant professor in general dentistry and Alumni Association immediate past president, who nominated her for the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

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Meet your alumni association officers

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Members of the College of Dentistry Alumni Association Board, from left to right: Dr. Anthony Mendez ’04, Dr. Joe Simmons III ’98, ’99, Dr. Danette McNew ’88, Dr. Drew Vanderbrook ‘12, Dr. Julie Stelly ’87, Dr. John Ratliff ’19, Lana Crawford ’68, Dr. Chad Capps ’08.

Photos from Homecoming 2018

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Commencement 2018

We caught up with a few of our grads after commencement rehearsal earlier this week, and here's what they had to share about the importance of this milestone, and just what their time at #TAMUdental has meant to them. #DentalGrad2018

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Money matters: Class of 2018 gives back to college

Class of 2018

The tradition of giving back continued with the Class of 2018. As graduation neared, the class opted to give matching contributions to the dental school’s Alumni Association and Social Services Dental Care Fund, which offers financial assistance for patients in need to be able to receive treatment when they otherwise might have to cease care.

Another heartfelt decision to note: Class members also took the time to give thank you mementos to dozens of Texas A&M College of Dentistry staff members directly involved in their education.

Alums host early graduation celebration "on the Patio"

Dean joins the festivities

DH2 and D4 students relaxed with Alums and enjoyed an early graduation celebration “on the Patio” recently  at the Stackhouse, the popular eatery across from the dental school.  

A free beverage and appetizers, and fun door prizes were provided compliments of the College of Dentistry Alumni Association! 

It was another great opportunity to visit with alumni board members and classmates! 

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Greetings Alumni:

We are pleased to share with you an exciting development from the Office of Advancement, Communications & Alumni Relations at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. Read all college news and updates on your alma mater's web publication, Dentistry Insider .

This site was created with our college's community in mind. In one centralized news hub,  Dentistry Insider  content will include information that formerly was found in the Baylor Dental Record Online, NewsStand as well as news articles and features from the college's magazine, the Baylor Dental Journal, which remains in print format.

The Record Online has been the college's dependable source for web news for more than 10 years. While the BDRO as we've come to know it is going away,  Dentistry Insider  will provide the same quality coverage with several distinct enhancements, including:

  • daily/weekly postings, so you receive frequent, up-to-date information
  • responsive design, so you can read college news articles on your computer, mobile device or tablet with ease
  • weekly emails and RSS feed subscriptions, so you can be the first to know when college developments break

We hope you will enjoy using this new resource. In the meantime, please direct any comments or questions to Jenny Fuentes in the Office of Advancement, Communications & Alumni Relations at 214.828.8358 or And don't forget to send story ideas and/or news to Jenny as well.

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All graduates become full members of the Texas A&M College of Dentistry Alumni Association.

The College of Dentistry Alumni Association provides a variety of opportunities for alums to stay connected with the school and each other.  To find out more about the Alumni Association and how you get involved, call the alumni relations office at the college at 214.828.8202.

The Alumni Association members are exceptional professionals and are leaders in local, state and national dental organizations. Our alumni also are active volunteers in their communities through local government, nonprofit organizations, places of worship, schools, etc. Many alumni come back to the school to teach while maintaining outside dental practices. Others mentor prospective dental students or volunteer as members of our alumni or foundation boards.