Mentoring Opportunities for Students


The Florida Dental Association’s Dr. Louis J. Atkins Mentor Program offers pre-dental students, dental school students, and new dentists in Florida the opportunity to develop a professional mentor/mentee relationship with an FDA member dentist in your area. Usually this is in the form of phone calls, emails and shadowing the dentist in the office for a period of time agreed upon by both parties.

Students and new dentists can gain an important, practical perspective on the profession, including dental techniques, types of practices, staff and patient relations and practice management techniques. Mentors also can personally address many questions or concerns you may have about the profession of dentistry and can help ensure a smooth transition from dental school to becoming a dentist after you graduate.

For information on a mentor in your area, please contact your local district office serving your area of Florida (see below.) If you are unsure of which district office to contact, please call the FDA member services department at 800.877.9922.


Atlantic Coast District Dental Association (ACDDA)

Note: Serves Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine

Mike Dvorak, Executive Director



Central Florida District Dental Association (CFDDA)

Note: Serves University of Florida College of Dentistry

Linda Lowell, Executive Director



Northeast District Dental Association (NEDDA)

Debbie Deville, Executive Director



Northwest District Dental Association (NWDDA)

Angel Estep, Executive Director



South Florida District Dental Association (SFDDA)

Note: Serves Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine

Yolanda Marrero



West Coast District Dental Association (WCDDA)

Lissette Zuknick


Mentor Application