Sarah Vander Beek, DMD, ’09, received the 2017 Distinguished Service award from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) Alumni Chapter Board. The award honors ATSU-ASDOH graduates who have attained local, national, or international distinction. It was presented to Dr. Vander Beek at the 2017 ATSU-ASDOH alumni barbecue on Feb. 17.
Dr. Vander Beek was nominated by Sue Yoon, DMD, ’09, for her work as chief dental officer at Neighborcare Health in Seattle. In this role, she has expanded the dental department, added new sites, and recruited committed providers. She also mentors dental students, supports community outreach events, and presents at national conferences. Recently, she spoke at the National Network for Oral Health Access annual conference. She is heavily involved in the Dental Learning Network and the Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers.
Since graduating from ATSU-ASDOH, Dr. Vander Beek has poured her energy into improving access to dental care in her community, emerging as a young leader in the field of dental medicine.