Celebrating Brian D. Stone Award Recipients

Dr. Kelly Herzog, Brian D. Stone Award Recipient, pictured with her fiancé – Marquette University School of Dentistry

To honor dental students who are dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities, Dental Lifeline Network partners with 52 accredited dental schools nationwide to give out the Brian D. Stone Memorial Award. This award, established 20 years ago by Brian’s parents, Drs. Joy and Justin Stone of New Jersey, allows DLN to recognize future dental professionals who believe in helping our most vulnerable populations through volunteering.  

Dr. Kelly Herzog is one of this year’s recipients. A 2024 graduate from Marquette University School of Dentistry, her desire to help individuals with their health, confidence, and pain management inspired her decision to become a dentist, as she recognized dentistry’s profound impact on these areas. During her time at school, Dr. Herzog recognized the importance of volunteering and giving back to those who need help. She worked closely with patients who had disabilities and saw their cases from start to finish.  

“Volunteering can make a difference in someone’s life,” said Dr. Herzog. “We can make a difference and that is something that should be given back.” 

This year, 49 students from 52 dental schools across the United States received this distinguished award. DLN hopes to continue expanding this program by adding more schools and recipients. If you are a dental school interested in joining the Brian D. Stone Award program, please fill out this form.  

2024 Brian D. Stone Award Recipients 

Abiodun Oni, Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry  

Alexander Woomer, West Virginia University School of Dentistry  

Anne Steffen, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry

Archana Ramesh, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine 

Arlene Martinez Jauregui, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry 

Barbara Shaeata, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine 

Basmah Aref, University of Alabama School of Dentistry 

Christine Anusim, UT Health Houston School of Dentistry 

Collin O’Kasick, University of Illinois, Chicago 

Dayana Eder, Midwestern University – AZ  

Elliott Willis, University of Washington School of Dentistry 

Farah Etiba, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry  

Gabriella Ciancimino, Penn Dental Medicine 

Garren Riggers, University of Utah 

Gia Matsko, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Hannah Martin, Medical University of South Carolina, James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine  

Jagjot Kainth, A.T. Still University, Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health 

Jazmine Stubblefield, Meharry Medical College 

Jenna Chun, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry 

Jesus Santiago, Creighton University School of Dentistry  

Jody Chiang, Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine 

Jonathan Espinosa, Touro College of Dental Medicine  

Joshua Walker, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine 

Julia Brainard, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois 

Julia Lazzara, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Julie Feathers, University of Washington School of Dentistry  

Jyoti Prajapati, LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry 

Kathryn Labat, UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry 

Katie Thorne, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine 

Kelbe Logan, Rochelle University of Mississippi Medical School of Dentistry 

Kelly Herzog, Marquette University School of Dentistry 

Lauren Wilson, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry 

Ledja Lagji, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine  

Lisa Gandhi, New York University 

Madison Sullivan, University of Florida College of Dentistry

Makenzi Zikas, University of Iowa College of Dentisry

Marissa Baranski, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine 

Meredith Peterson, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 

Olivia Whaley, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry 

Patricia Flores, Indiana University School of Dentistry 

Rami Rashed, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry  

Rebecca Forshaw, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry 

Rebecca Witt, University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Reese King, The Dental College of Georgia 

Sabrina Alterman, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC 

Savannah Rose, A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health 

Sydney Sherek, The Ohio State University College of Dental Medicine 

Tyler Pisciotta, UNLV School of Dental Medicine 

Woodlyn Joachim, University of New England

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