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East Carolina University

School of Dental Medicine

1851 MacGregor Downs Rd

Greenville NC 27834

A Bit about Octavia


  •  East Carolina School of Dental Medicine | Greenville, NC May 2023

  • Candidate for Doctor of Dental Medicine

  • Barry University | Miami, Florida May 2019

  • Masters of Biomedical Science

  • East Carolina University | Greenville, NC May 2014

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Services Management

Honors & Awards

  • Dental Trade Alliance – Patterson Scholar 2022

  • Colgate Audacity to Dream Overall Scholar 2022

  • Old North State Dental Society Scholar 2022

  • Colgate Audacity to Dream – Community Service Scholar 2021

  • East Carolina University Servire Society 2021 and 2022

  • National Dental Association, Joseph L Henry Scholar 2019- 2023

  • Omicron Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Sigma Scholar 2019

Research Experience


Student Researcher, Barry University

Tested methods of water purification using commonly found items to effectively eradicate water of microbes

Professional Organisations

  • ECU Dental Careers Network January 2022- Present

  • ECU Art and Aesthetic Dentistry August 2021- Present

  • Interdisciplinary Oral Medicine Study Club September 2021- Present

  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA) August 2019 - Present

  • Student National Dental Association (SNDA) August 2019 - Present

  • Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) August 2019 - Present

  • ECU Teledentistry Club August 2020- Present

  • Women in Dentistry Club August 2020- Present

  • ECU Sports Dentistry Club January 2020 - Present

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. June 2017- Present

Professional Affiliation Leadership Service

Student National Dental Association, East Carolina University– President

2022 – Present

Responsible for leading the organization, gaining diverse members, and executing enriching experiences for dental

students of East Carolina University.

Student National Dental Association, National Executive Board – Consultant

2022 – Present

Responsible for providing insight, organizing and curating resources to serve minority and diverse predental students

across the country. Tasked with developing social media marketing plans to connect students, future employers and


Student National Dental Association, National Executive Board – Member at Large

2021 – Present

Responsible for organizing and curating resources to serve minority and diverse predental students across the

country. Tasked with developing and executing a national conference. Works within committees of the National

Executive Board to develop programs for current dental students.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Technology Committee Chair

January 2022- Present

Responsible with planning and executing all virtual monthly chapter meeting and special events. Overseeing

subcommittees that provide communications to a group of over 100 members.

SNDA Region 1 Coordinator for National Executive Board

2020 - 2021

Communicate and coordinate chapter events and meetings with presidents of associated SNDA

Region 1 Chapters (MA, CT, DE, NE). Draft biannual reports. Plan & execute virtual regional conference.

ECU Sports Dentistry Club, Secretary

2020 - 2022

Inaugural executive board secretary. Responsible for maintaining communications with the executive board and

new members. Organize speakers for virtual presentations. Brainstorm ideas for engagement to fulfill interests.

ECU Dental Student Government, Class President

2019 - 2020

Worked with students to resolve problems, and informed school leaders and the student council of ideas

emanating from the class at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Led executive board meetings and

organized student activities and events.

ECU Humanistic Environment Committee Member

 2019- 2021

Worked with faculty and staff to plan activities to bridge together departments throughout the school to promote


Molar Mingle Planning Committee Leader


Responsible for choosing the planning committee and working with the student affairs office to plan and

execute the first event for accepted incoming first year students.

Increasing Diversity in Dentistry (IDID)

2018 - Present

Mentorship of pre-dental students with the target of increasing the diversity of dental school applicants.

Scholar affiliate program of the National Dental Association (NDA).

Community Outreach

Warsaw Day August 2019, 2021, 2022

Self-executed project to bring oral health education to a rural community. Participants were allowed hands on

opportunities in oral hygiene instructions, offered oral health education including sugar content values in common

drinks and were able to explore dental careers and options. Oral hygiene products were distributed free of charge.

Sonrie Clinic February 2022

A student organized free dental clinic to serve Hispanic migrant farm workers of eastern North Carolina. Volunteered

as a provider to deliver care.

Martin Luther King Day of Service – Ronald McDonald House January 2022

Collected and distributed toiletry items for visitors of the Ronald McDonald House alongside members of Alpha Kappa

Alpha Sorority, Inc.


PhysioCamp December 2021

Virtually presented oral health information to middle and high schoolers. PhysioCamp is a free and ongoing project that

seeks to educate and expose students to the health sciences.

Hyde County Project December 2021

Pilot program to provide free oral cancer screenings and gauge interest to implement a oral health program in a rural

community on the coast of North Carolina.

Smile Safari Mobile Dentistry Unit November 2021 – Present

Volunteered as an assistant for this Pitt County Health Department mobile dentistry unit that circulates to elementary

schools throughout the school year.

Pitt County Trunk or Treat October 2021

Distributed oral hygiene products in lieu of candies to children of Pitt County. This event including presenting

oral hygiene instructions to children and their parents.

Halloween Trunk or Treat October 2021

Distributed oral hygiene products in a rural community of Duplin County during trunk-or-treat event. Educated

parents and children on hygiene techniques and read books to elementary aged children.

Becoming Dr_™ December 2018- Present

A self-operated online resource to educate and motivate aspiring health professionals by sharing the daily

details on being a dental student, network with current professionals, and educate patients the importance of

oral hygiene to change stigmas in dental care, especially in diverse communities.

Project 3C’s Pre-Health Summer Camp, UNC Pembroke August 2021

Presented to high school students during their summer camp about careers in dentistry and how to begin the education

pursuit into the field.

Juneteenth Health Fair June 2021

Personal endeavor to distribute oral hygiene products in a rural town. Presented oral health education through

hands on and verbal means.

East Carolina SNDA Impressions Day December 2019 – May 2022

Greeted and assisted pre-dental college and high school students with activities such as taking impressions,

class 1 cavity preparations and DAT preparation, personal statement evaluations and more. Participated in this

program for 3 consecutive years.

Personal Tutor September 2020- January 2021

Personal initiative in tutoring students for the DAT after closing of classes due to COVID-19.

Holiday Giveaway December 2019

Self-executed project via a partnership with Chick-fil-A. Distributed over 250 free meals and oral hygiene

products to residents in a rural community.


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