New dentists make their mark on ADA House of Delegates

Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi speaks during the ADA House of Delegates at ADA 2015.

Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi speaks during the ADA House of Delegates at ADA 2015.

In balloting at the House of Delegates Monday, Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi of Miami was elected second vice president.

Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi, whose four-year term on the New Dentist Committee ended at the close of the 2015 House, was among several young dentists making their mark at the House of Delegates during ADA 2015.

Dr. Nipa Thakkar, of Pennsylvannia and NDC member, represented the new dentist and the NDC during ADA Executive Director Kathleen O’Loughlin’s speech to the House, which talked about innovation; and Dr. Brittany Dean, District 11 representative, gave the invocation at the opening of the House.

Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi is a past member of the ADA New Dentist Committee, an alumna of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership and a speaker for the ADA Success Program. She has been an ADA member for 12 years.

Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi studied dentistry at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her Certificate in Periodontology and Master of Science degree, and in 2003, Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi earned her dental degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi is an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University and the University of Florida Hialeah Dental Clinic. She owns a private practice in Miami.

In addition, Dr. Maxine Feinberg reported that are about 40 new dentists serving as delegates and alternatates in the House — an improvement over previous years. Overall, new dentists represent nearly 25 percent of ADA membership.

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