Dental Association Blogger Biographies
Jennifer Wade, DDS, is a general dentist at Christ Community Health Services in Memphis, TN. She is also one of the first graduates from the CMDA Dental Residency program. The CMDA Dental Residency Plus, or The [+] Program for short, is preparing a generation of dental disciples to go throughout the United States and the World providing high quality dental care to the poor in the name of Jesus. Jennifer stays busy by also being faculty for the [+] program, taking care of her husband and two children, and occasionally enjoying time to paint and bake.
Tracy Liang, DDS, recently received her DDS degree from Touro College of Dental Medicine in Hawthorne, New York. She is pursuing postgraduate studies in orthodontics at the University of Minnesota. Having served as the 2019-2020 student trustee for CMDA, she is thrilled to be continuing her involvement with CDA.
Steve Cartin, BS, MDiv, served as an ordained Pastor for 28 years, serving bi-vocationally while working in the dental community. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was initially trained in Practice Management by Cathy Jameson. Steve provides coaching, consulting and remote insurance verification services through his brand, Dental Office Support (www.dentalofficesupport.com) and is a Master Trainer and Certified Coach with Lead Like Jesus (www.leadlikejesus.com) . He and his wife, Sandra, live in Graniteville, SC and enjoy fellowship and service in their local church and with dental professionals everywhere.
Samuel Molind, DMD, is the former Director of Global Health Outreach, the international short- term mission arm of CMDA. Dr. Molind is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon who was in private practice in Vermont and taught at the University of Vermont Medical School where he was an Associate Professor of Surgery. He served as a board examiner on the Board of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for eight years. While in VT, Sam and his wife, Dorothy, lead in the establishment of a CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Center of which Dorothy was the Director. Sam went on to establish the Good Samaritan Haven for the homeless and a Health & Wellness Center for the uninsured and the underinsured in Central Vermont while he was President of the Medical Staff at the Central Vermont Medical Center.
Sam is a lifetime member of CMDA, has been on the CMDA Board of Trustees and served on the Biomedical Ethics Commission. His prayer is to be a blessing to the Lord and be obedient to His calling so his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would receive the glory, honor and praise.
Krystal Mattox, DDS, is originally from St. Catherine, Jamaica. She completed her BS in biology at Salisbury University in 2014. Wanting to pursue a career in dentistry since the age of 10, Krystal has sought opportunities to integrate her love for Jesus with her calling to pursue dentistry. Krystal graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2018 where she served as one of the CMDA leaders from fall 2015 to spring 2017. She has also served a term as the Northeast Regional Student Representative (2015 to 2017) and she was the 2017-2018 CMDA Student Trustee. Dr. Mattox currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband Matthew and is the current Assistant Director of the Richmond CMDA Chapter.
Elizabeth Flaherty, D3 at University of Minnesota, received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Baylor University in Waco, TX, then returned to her home state of MN to attend dental school at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she is currently a D3. Upon graduation in May of 2022, she will be serving soldiers and their families as a dental officer in the United States Air Force. In August 2020, she married the love of her life, Kevin, who will be alongside her in the Air Force adventure! Jesus changed her life and continues to mold and shape her into the person that he planned for her to be. She is living each day on a mission to share the hope that she has found in Him.
Caren Abraham, DDS, joined CMDA as a dental student at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she started the student chapter of CMDA. After graduation, she attended residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in general dentistry. From very early in her life, Dr. Abraham felt led to medical missions. The Lord prepared her for missions by allowing her to train at a hospital-based residency and participate on several short-term mission trips before leading her to serve Him long-term in rural Kenya, where she has been working to start the region’s first dental clinic. Please pray that in meeting the dental needs of this impoverished region we can bring hope to the hopeless and glory to God.
Tyrous David Ward, DDS Originally from Sugar Hill, Georgia, he moved to Louisiana in 2006 to play college football and become a medical doctor. As God would have it, he met the love of his life there, Elizabeth; they had two loving children Jackson and Ella, then completed Graduate and Dental School before returning to Georgia in 2019 for the General Practice Residency program in Augusta. They currently live in Carrollton, GA where David practices General Dentistry. Their family loves time together, movies, sports, games, Saints football, live music, traveling and food.