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Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy faculty and students

Mission and Background

The mission of the Saturday Academy is to increase diversity in the healthcare professions, especially dentistry, by introducing underrepresented high school students to the profession of dentistry, while simultaneously preparing them for the college application process.

Established in 2012 by Dr. Lorel Burns and Dr. Cheryline Pezzullo — at the time, both second-year students at the College — this preparatory program meets biweekly on Saturdays, 7 sessions per Fall semester, and has introduced 85 high school students to the field of dentistry as a career option. Read the Global Health Nexus article on the Saturday Academy >>>   


Best Jobs of 2018



Fall semester, bi-weekly, 7 sessions

  • Introduction to Dentistry / College Search
  • Impressions / Standardized Tests
  • Mouth Guards / Common Application
  • Plaque / Personal Statement
  • Dental Restorations / Interviews
  • Wax-Ups / Financial Aid
  • Graduation

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Through the Years





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Faculty Advisors

Lorel Burns, DDS

Cheryline Pezzullo, DDS

Program Leaders 2018

Wendell Carmona, ’19

Vanessa Cortinas, ’20

Core Volunteers

Rebecca Renelus, ’20

Kidane Tweolde, ’20

Natalia Caballero, ’19

Christopher Dawoud, ’20

Mary Salama, ’20