Cover Letter, Resume, and Curriculum Vitae

Cover Letter

As a general dentist with a solid educational background, extensive continuing education, exceptional clinical skills, and business management experience, I am confident that I can provide a high degree of skill to your practice as an associate dentist.

Over the course of my career, I have leveraged numerous skills to excel in patient-focused medical environments, and I believe that these same competencies will allow me to be successful within your practice. Below are just a few of the capabilities that I possess:

  • Professional Development: I am passionate about enhancing my clinical skills and developing a well-rounded background. This has led me to complete numerous elective rotations and continuing education courses in order to diversify my competencies and improve my ability to work with a wide range of patients, conditions, and procedures.
  • Business Acumen: As a former small business owner, I understand the importance of managing cost of goods, budgeting, operational efficiency, strategic planning, and marketing. Having led diverse research projects, I am highly organized and comfortable supervising teams and ensuring tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  • Professional Collaboration: As a natural leader, I have the ability to work well with diverse personalities, backgrounds and cultures. This allows me to excel in situations in which I will partner with colleagues, patients, and families to provide exceptional dental care. In addition, being bilingual allows me to better communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and make them feel more comfortable and confident in the care they are receiving.

Additional qualifications are listed on my curriculum vitae, or resume, which can be downloaded below for your convenience.  I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and discuss our mutual interests. You may contact me at (919) 619-1404 or via email at vmwhitedds@gmail.com should you wish to arrange for a time to discuss my skills and experiences.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Aug 2013 to May 2017

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry

Aug 2007 to May 2009

Master of Public Health, Community Health Education
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina

Sept 1999 to June 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

2017 to 2018

General DentistKillian Rd. Dental Care

Responsible for diagnosis, treatment and overall coordination of services to meet the oral health needs of a diverse population of patients in a general practice setting.

2014 to 2017

Co-OwnerThe Coffee Element

Spearheaded all financial and marketing aspects of owning and operating a small business. Managed budgeting, payroll, profit and loss (P&L), cost of goods, margins, and other financials to promote positive revenue and balance expenses.  Tracked spending and analyzed cost reports to identify opportunities for savings and increased efficiency.

2014 to 2017

Research AssociateDepartment of Prosthodontics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC School of Dentistry

Collaborates with Prosthodontic faculty to incorporate digital dentistry education and training into the pre-doctoral dental curriculum. Completed Internal Review Board (IRB) application, recruited student participants, conducted research and data analysis, and presentation of findings.

2007 - 2013

Executive Director

Office for Community Outreach Dissemination and Education (CODE)

UNC Center for AIDS Research

Project Director / Co-Investigator

UNC School of Dentistry and UNC Craniofacial Center

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

 

Managed the execution of research projects for the Center for AIDS Research to increase access to quality care and enhance prevention and education measures through community outreach. Supervised a team composed of 4 Research Assistants, 1 Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2 Undergraduate Interns, and more than 10 Volunteers.

  • Developed strategic plans and analyzed data from research projects.
  • Wrote grant proposals, created study protocols, developed budgets, prepared manuscripts, and coordinated the dissemination of research findings to communities.
  • Promoted events through creative marketing to attract participants and generate increased interest. Marketing efforts included flyers, podcasts, digital and print media.
  • Taught a course on AIDS – Principles, Practices, and Politics to approximately 500 students per year. Prepared lessons and materials, graded coursework, and supported student success.

 

 Executive Director - Research Projects:

  • UNC Center for AIDS Research, funded by NIH. Program PI: Ronald Swanstrom, PhD
  • A Partnership Initiative for HIV prevention trials, funded by NIH. Study PI: Kate MacQueen, Ph.D.
  • Increasing Access to HIV Trials for Rural Minorities, funded by NIH. Study PI: Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD.

 

Project Director / Co-Investigator - Research Projects:

  • North Carolina Cleft Outcomes project, funded by CDC. Site PI: Ronald P. Strauss, DMD, PhD
  • Quality of Life in Children with Cleft, funded by NIH. Site PI: Margot Stein, PhD
  • Parental Perceptions of Barriers to Health Care for Children with Orofacial Clefts. Study PI: Allison Cavenaugh, DDS
  • Prenatal Diagnosis of Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: Family Perceptions of Quality of Life, Social and Ethical Issues. Study PI: Ronald P. Strauss, DMD, PhD.
  • Stigma and Quality of Life of Youth with Facial Differences, funded by NIH. Site PI: Ronald P. Strauss, DMD, PhD.
  • Parent Perspectives on Cleft and Craniofacial Care Outcomes and Quality of Life in North Carolina, funded by CDC. Site PI: Ronald P. Strauss, DMD, PhD.
  • Barriers to Care, funded by CDC. Study PI: Ronald P. Strauss, DMD, PhD.

2001 - 2006

Research Coordinator / Clinical Research Associate

Seattle Quality of Life Group

Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

                                            

Coordinated research projects regarding health and quality of life disparities and Stigma and Quality of Life of Youth with Facial Differences.  Prepared research procedure and protocol manuals in collaboration with PIs and Project Managers. Ensured all research complied with federal, state, and institutional guidelines as well as Good Clinical Practice standards. Built positive relationships between project staff, participants, advocacy groups, families, and other parties.

 

Research Coordinator - Research Projects:

  • Descriptive Study of Tourette Syndrome and Quality of Life, funded by AUCD. Study PI: Samuel Zinner, MD.
  • Stigma and Quality of Life of Youth with Facial Differences, funded by NIH. Study PI: Donald L. Patrick, PhD, MsPH.
  • Instrument Dissemination Coordinator

 

Clinical Research Associate - Research Projects:

  • Implantable System Performance Registry, funded by Medtronic, Inc. Study PI: John F. McLaughlin, MD.
  • Activity Health and Quality of Life in Cerebral Palsy, funded by NIH. Study PI: Kristie Bjornson, PhD, PT
  • Spina Bifida: Costs and Outcomes Associated with Different Models of health Care for Adolescents and Young Adults with Spina Bifida, funded by AUCD-CDC. Study PI: Diana D. Cardenas, MD.
  • Health Status and Quality of Life after Dorsal Rhizotomy, funded by the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation. Study PI: John F. McLaughlin, MD.
  • Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity in Cerebral Palsy, funded by Allergan. Study PI: Ross Hays, MD.
  • The Effect of Dynamic Ankle-Foot Orthotics (DAFO) in Children with Cerebral Palsy, funded by Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center 1998 Research Endowment. Study PI: Kristie Bjornson, PhD, PT.
  • Oral Function in Children during Continuous Intrathecal Baclofen (CITB) Therapy, funded by Medtronic, Inc. Study PI:  John F. McLaughlin, MD.

2008 to 2009

Graduate Student Intern

The Teen CoOp Study

Focus Groups with community based organization staff to develop a Latina HIV prevention intervention

RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

 

General duties included, but were not limited to:

  • Assisted in conducting 20 individual in-depth interviews with African American adolescent females ages 16 to 18, who had been sexually active, ever used alcohol or drugs, and dropped out of school.
  • Assisted in conducting 4 focus groups with up to 40 African American female adolescents ages 16 to 18, who had been sexually active, ever used alcohol or drugs, and dropped out of school.
  • Assisted the Project Director in conducting Focus Group interviews (Bi-lingual English and Spanish) with staff to learn about the most important issues that arise when Hispanic women are at risk for HIV/AIDS
  • Transcribed, translated and analyzed interview and focus group data

 

2014  to Present

Mentor
Bridging the Gap
UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC

2012

Mentor
PUBH 423: APPLES Service Learning Course, AIDS – Principles, Practices, and Politics
Course Director: Dr. Ron Strauss, DMD, PhD

2011, 2012

Teaching Assistant
PUBH 420:  AIDS – Principles, Practices, and Politics - On-Line Course
Course Director: Dr. Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, FACS

2009, 2010, 2011

Guest Speaker – “HIV and AIDS Epidemic”
Dent 100: Social and Ethical Issues in Dental Practice
Course Director: Dr. Rick Mumford, DMD, MPH

2008

Teaching Assistant
Dent 100: Social and Ethical Issues in Dental Practice
Course Director: Dr. Rick Mumford, DMD, MPH

2008, 2009

Teaching Assistant
Community Society and Health: A distance Learning Reading Dental Elective Course
Course Directors: Dr. Ron Strauss, DMD, PhD, and Margot Stein, PhD

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Course Coordinator
PUBH 420:  AIDS – Principles, Practices, and Politics - Residential Course (~450 students)
Course Director: Dr. Ron Strauss, DMD, PhD

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Course Coordinator
PUBH 423: APPLES Service Learning Course, AIDS – Principles, Practices, and Politics
Course Director: Dr. Ron Strauss, DMD, PhD

Manuscripts:

Browne, F. A., Wechsberg, W. M., White, V. M., Ellerson, R. M., Raiford, J. L., Carry, M. G., & Herbst, J. H. (2014). The influence of social determinants on sexual risk among out-of-school African American female adolescents. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 9(2), 139–150. http://doi.org/10.1080/17450128.2013.832828

Browne, FA., Wechsberg, WM., White, VM., Middlesteadt-Ellerson, R., Herbst, JH. “Voices from the Teens”: The influence of interpersonal and structural factors on sexual risk among out-of-school African-American female adolescents in Raleigh-Durham, NC (manuscript in submission)

Strauss RP, Cassell CH, White V, Mendez D, Meyer R. Parent Voices: Perceptions of Team and Non-Team Cleft Lip/ Palate Care in a Population-Based Survey (manuscript in submission)

Topolski, T., White, V., Cardenas, Diana. Recruitment from Hospital Records: Barriers and Lessons Learned (manuscript in submission)

Bjornson, KF, Pt; O’rourke, D; Engel, J; McLaughlin, J; Jensen, M; White, V. The association of motor and communication impairments to health status in cerebral palsy (manuscript in submission).

Hays, R., Bjornson, KF., Graubert, C., Won, F., Cohen, M., Pinedo, V. Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity in Cerebral Palsy (manuscript in submission).

Bjornson, KF, Pt; O’rourke, D; Engel, J; McLaughlin, J; Jensen, M; White, V. Factors Associated with Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL) in Youths with Cerebral Palsy (CP) (manuscript in press).

Abstracts:

Hays, R., Bjornson, KF., Graubert, C., Price, R., Won, F., McLaughlin, JF., Pinedo, V. Pathophysiological and Impairment Outcomes in a Randomized Control Trial of BTX-A for Children with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. Arch PM & R 84: A2, 2003, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 45(supp 96) 3, 2004 & Pediatric Physical Therapy 16(1) 70, 2004.

Bjornson, KF., Hays, R., Graubert, C., Price, R., Won, F., McLaughlin, JF., Pinedo, V. Functional and Societal Limitations and Disability Outcomes in a Randomized Control Trial of BTX-A for Children with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. Arch PM & R 84: A28, 2003, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 45(supp 96) 3, 2004 & Pediatric Physical Therapy 16(1) 70, 2004.

Platform / Poster Presentations:

Knight H, Cassell CH, Strauss RP, Marcus M, White V, Howell EE, Meyer RE. Academic outcomes among school-aged children with and without cleft lip/palate. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting Apr 17-21, 2012. San Jose, CA. (oral)

Knight H, Cassell CH, Strauss RP, Marcus M, White V, Howell EE, Meyer RE. Parent-Reported Academic Outcomes among School-Aged Children with and without Orofacial Clefts in North Carolina. National Birth Defects Prevention Network Annual Meeting academic outcomes in children with orofacial clefts in North Carolina Feb 26-29, 2012. (poster)

Cassell CH, Strauss RP, White V, Howell E, Meyer RE. Parent perceptions of stigma outcomes and quality of life among school-aged children with and without cleft lip/palate. Opening Session: American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting Mar 17-20, 2010. Fort Worth, TX. (oral)

Browne, F., White, V., Middlesteadt-Ellerson, R., Wechsberg, W. “Running the Streets": The influence of interpersonal and structural factors on sexual risk among out-of-school African-American female adolescents in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Poster presented at the 137th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, November 7-11, 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (oral)

Cassell CH, Strauss R, White V, Howell E, Meyer R. A follow-up of communicating “bad news” 10+ years later: parental experiences of being informed of a child’s cleft diagnosis. Opening Session: American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting Apr 20-25, 2009. Scottsdale, AZ. (oral)

Bjornson, KF, McLaughlin, JF, Kobayashi, A., White, V. Health status more than ten years after Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. Presented at the 3rd International Cerebral Palsy Conference, February 18-21, 2009, Sydney, Australia. (oral)

Bjornson, KF, McLaughlin, JF, Kobayashi, A., White, V. Selective dorsal rhizotomy: A 20 year follow-up study of patients with spastic diplegia. Presented at the 3rd International Cerebral Palsy Conference, February 18-21, 2009, Sydney, Australia. (oral)

Cassell, C., Mendez, D., Strauss, R., White, V., Meyer, R. Barriers to Care among Children with Orofacial Clefts. Presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA), April 14-18, 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (oral)

Strauss RP, Cassell CH, White V, Mendez D, Meyer R. Parent voices: perceptions of team and non-team cleft lip/palate care in a population-based survey. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting Apr 14-18, 2008. Philadelphia, PA. (oral)

Kapp-Simon, K., Crilly Bellucci, C., Topolski, T., Edwards, T., Strauss, R., Patrick, D., White, V., White, C. Do The Judgments of Strangers Have an Impact on Self-Reported Quality of Life for Youth with Craniofacial Conditions? Presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA), April 14-18, 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Strauss, R., Topolski, T., Edwards, T., Kapp-Simon, K., White, V., White, C., Crilly Bellucci, C., Patrick, D. In The Eye of The Beholder: How Perceived Severity of Facial Differences Affects Photographic Observer Ratings of Social Attributes. Presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA), April 14-18, 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cassell, C., Mendez, D., Strauss, R., White, V., Meyer, R. Parental Perspectives on Barriers to Care among Children with Orofacial Clefts. Presented at the National Birth Defects Prevention Network Annual Meeting, February 11-13, 2008, in Washington DC.

Cassell, C., Mendez, D., Strauss, R., White, V., Meyer, R. Barriers to Care among Children with Orofacial Clefts. Presented at the 13th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference, Making Methods and Practice Matter for Women, Children and Families, December 12-14, 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.

Walker, W., Topolski, T., White, C., White, V., McLaughlin, J., Cardenas, D. Are they Working? Examining Employment Status among Youth and Young Adults with Spina Bifida. Presented at the Symposium on Spina Bifida: Current Strategies, Chicago, Illinois.

Bjornson, K.F., O'Rourke, D., Engel, J., McLaughlin, J., Jensen, M.P., White, V. (September, 2005). Factors Associated with Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL) in Youths with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Orlando, Florida.

Acknowledgements:

Strauss, RP., Cassell, CH.  Critical issues in craniofacial care: quality of life, costs of care, and implications of prenatal diagnosis. Acad Pediatr. 2009 Nov-Dec;9(6):427-32.

Strauss, Ronald P. "Social, Ethical and Health Policy Issues in the Care of Children with Major Craniofacial Conditions." Cleft Lip and Palate: Diagnosis and Management. 3rd ed. Berlin: Springer (in submission)

  • Spear Education, completed 75 CE hours (2017)
  • LEADs (WaveOne Endo, Leadership), 22.75 hours (2017)
  • Leadership #1 (WaveOne Molar Endo, Leadership), 15 hours (2017)
  • Leadership #2 (Surgical extractions, Leadership), 15 hours (2017)
  • Leadership Workshop (molar endo, surgical extractions) 8 hours (2017)
  • Invisalign – Fundamentals Course, 8 CE hours (2017)
  • 6 Month Smiles Program, 15 CE hours (September 2016)
  • Implant/CEREC Integration with Dr. Agarwal, completed 3 CE hours (2015)
  • Street Drugs Exposed with Dr. Harold Crossley, 6 CE hours (November 2016)
  • Fortress Liability Insurance – 5 CE Hours (September 2016)
  • Elective Course on Occlusion - organized, planned and implemented (April 2015)
  • Elective Course in Digital Dentistry (2015-2016)
  • Elective Rotation in Oral Pathology (1 semester – Summer 2015)
  • Elective Rotation in Disabilities Clinic (2015-2016)
  • Elective rotation in Prenatal Oral Health / Baby Oral Health Programs (2015-2016)
  • UNC Hospital Dental Clinic (May – June 2016)
  • Wake County Health Department (June – July 2016)
  • Durham County Health Department (September 2016)
  • Piedmont Health Dental Clinic (September 2016)
  • Lincoln Community Health Center (August 2016)

2017 to Present

AGD – Academy of General Dentistry

AACD – American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

ADA – American Dental Association

2012 to 2016

ACPA – American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association

ADEA – American Dental Education Association

IADR – International Association for Dental Research

AGD – Academy of General Dentistry

ADA – American Dental Association

2011 to 2014

GCH - Global Health Council

CCPH - Community Campus Partnerships for Health

IAR - International AIDS Society

2007 - 2014

SOPHE – Society for Public Health Education

APHA – American Public Health Association

2013 to Present

Hispanic Dental Association
American Student Dental Association
Student Professionalism and Ethics Association
American Association of Women Dentists
Christian Medical Dental Association
Student Research Group
SNDA – Student National Dental Association
ENNEAD - The UNC Student Chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)
SeiD – Student Entrepreneurs in Dentistry

2012 to 2014

North Carolina Aids Action Network (NCAAN) - Board of Directors, Member
− Served on the Communication and Nominating committees
Studentmentor.org - Mentor

2010 to Present

North Carolina Community AIDS Fund, Advisory Board Member

2010 to 2011

Piedmont HIV Health Care Consortium – Board of Directors
− Held elected office of Vice Chairwoman of The Board

2009 to 2010

Piedmont HIV Health Care Consortium – Board of Directors
− Held elected office of Secretary

2008 to 2011

Mobile Trials Unit: Project EAST – Advisory Board Member
Girls Incorporated of Guilford County – Board of Directors, Member

2008 to 2009

Chancellor Appointed Taskforce on Promoting Emerging Campus Communities, Representative
Eta Sigma Gamma – Health Education Honorary Society, Member

2007 to Present

UNC Center for AIDS Research – Advisory Board Member
World AIDS Day Planning Committee – Consultant

2007 to 2009

Piedmont HIV Health Care Consortium – Board of Directors, Member
Social and Behavioral Aspects of Acute HIV Infection Working Group - Member
American Red Cross: Orange County Chapter - Local Disaster Action Team Member

2002 to 2003

Anthropology Club – Co-Founder/President
Amnesty International – Member
“Free Radicals” – Co-Founder

2001 to 2003

Phi Eta Sigma - Member
Alpha Epsilon Delta, Beta Chapter - Member
University of Washington, Student Senator

1999 to 2003

Alpha Phi Omega - Member    

1999 to 2001

Lander Hall, Sixth Floor Representative        

*Organization Memberships/Leadership activities prior to 1999 will be provided upon request

  • Six Month Smiles
  • Invisalign
  • Human Subjects (research)
  • Good Clinical Practice
  • HIPAA Certified
  • BLS/CPR Certified
  • Spanish (native speaker – Colombia, South America)
  • English (fluent)
  • Letter of Commendation for Patient Care (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Academic Scholarships (2013 – 2016)
  • National Honor Society (2007 – 2009)
  • Health Education Honor Society (2007-2009)
  • Give Kids a Smile Day (2014, 2015, and 2016)
  • DEAH Day (2015, 2016)
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteer – UNC Cancer Hospital (2012)
  • American Cancer Society: 2012 Relay for Life event volunteer (2012)
  • Willow Springs Elementary School – Bring a Child a Smile Spring Carnival - event volunteer (2012)
  • NC GreenPower Fifth Annual Festival for Wildlife – event volunteer (2012)
  • 14th Annual NC Roadrunners Club Invitational Half-Marathon & 10K Races volunteer (2012)
  • Toxic Free NC: Living Downstream film screening & discussion – event volunteer (2012)
  • Helene Foundation – Help Mothers Fight Cancer event volunteer (2012)
  • Raleigh Promise Walk for Preeclampsia - 3K Walk/Run - event volunteer (2012)
  • Wounded Soldier Organization – Support Group volunteer (2012)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - CF Climb for Life event volunteer (2011)
  • Preeclampsia Foundation - Raleigh Promise Walk for Preeclampsia event volunteer (2011)
  • Triangle Impact - Durham Food bank Kids Day event volunteer (2011)
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association - Packing and organizing fundraising materials (2011)
  • Cornucopia Cancer Support Center - Planning Committee for a Chocolate Affair volunteer Food Assistant’s Inc. – Walk/Run/Roll to Fight Hunger event volunteer (2011)
  • United Way’s 15th Annual Days of Caring event volunteer (2008)
  • Toxic Free NC: Beaufort County Earth Day Kayak-a-thon event volunteer (2008)
  • Toxic Free NC: Burts Bees Planet Earth Celebration event volunteer (2008)
  • Toxic Free NC: Cumberland County Green Fest event volunteer (2008)
  • Toxic Free NC: Volunteer Envelope Stuffing Party event volunteer (2008)
  • Mother’s Against Drunk Driving: Walk like MAAD event volunteer (2008)
  • Durham Rescue Mission, annual Easter Community Dinner event volunteer (2008)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Leap Year Day Dinner for MS event volunteer  (2008)
  • Durham Rescue Mission, Back to School Party event volunteer (2007)
  • Carolina Blood Drive: Ninth Annual Holiday Edition event volunteer
  • United Cerebral Palsy: Ride without Limits event volunteer
  • Mother’s Against Drunk Driving: MADD Road Rally event volunteer
  • Heartland Hospice: Camp Tender Hearts event volunteer
  • Relay for Life Volunteer: Wake County event volunteer
  • United Way of Cumberland County:  Days of Caring event volunteer
  • Duke Hospital:  “Angels among Us” event volunteer
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center: Beach Ball 2007 event volunteer
  • American Cancer Society: 2007 Relay for Life event volunteer                               

*A complete list of volunteer Experience from 1995 - 2006 will be provided upon request.