Monthly Awards

April Student and Faculty of the Month

Brielle Slepicoff, DMD 2017

For the month of May, the Student of the Month is Brielle Slepicoff of the DMD 2017 class. Brielle is a silent leader that gives back to others without looking for recognition. She has been a role model to underclassmen for the past two years, from volunteering after hours to tutor underclassmen in Simulation Clinic to offering study tips to students for academic classes. She is one who hates public attention but will do whatever she can to help everyone she can individually and personally. Not only is she able to connect with faculty and her fellow colleagues, she makes an effort to reach out to others. She is professional, smart, organized, approachable, and has a heart of gold! Thank you, Brielle Slepicoff!

"Brielle is very hardworking and is always there to help. She is constantly in SIM lab after hours helping me and my classmates with our projects. Plus she makes great cookies!" - Paulina Saraza, DMD 2019

“I asked some of Brielle’s classmates what came to mind when I mentioned her name. Some thoughts were happy, thoughtful, meticulous, and persistent. I agree with all of these and more. It is always a pleasure to work with Brielle as she has a beautiful smile and spirit and strives for perfection. She also has good rapport with her patients as well as faculty and staff, and she really cares about the quality of her work. These attributes will carry her a long way in both her career and personal life. I look forward to seeing how much she will accomplish in her senior year, but most of all, I know that she will be someone that I will be proud to call a colleague in the future. “ - Dr. Matsumura-Lem

Dr. Brian Chui

This month's ASDA Faculty of the Month is Dr. Brian Chui. His dedication to his students and compassionate nature have not gone unnoticed. Dr. Chui is not only relatable, he is empathetic and understands the struggles of his students. He is a dependable, kind faculty member who leads by example, encouraging you to improve yourself clinically and personally. As students, Dr. Chui’s efforts to improving our curriculum behind the scenes are more than apparent. Thank you, Dr. Chui!! 

“Dr. Brian Chui’s dedication to the students and the DMD program at WesternU is truly superlative. His availability to students in the pre-clinical setting is exemplary. He is extremely flexible and always willing to do the extra behind the scenes work to make sessions run smoothly. His photographic and video editing talents have elevated CDM faculty presentations for student learning. In addition to all of these ECD functions, he is routinely requested to assist as a clinical floor faculty. Although relatively early in his teaching career, Dr. Chui has masterfully taken on all of these roles and performs his duties as a seasoned professor. CDM is lucky to have him!” - Drs. Fung & Farah-Franco

"Dr. Chui is very good about listening to and taking into consideration what we have to say. He goes above and beyond to make sure we have the skill set to be confident and successful in clinic." - Josh Kim, DMD 2018

March Student and Faculty of the Month

Alex Stevens, DMD 2016

For the month of April, the Student of the Month is Alex Stevens of the 2016 class. In the last four years, Alex has been truly exemplary. His warm spirit, passionate volunteerism, and humble attitude stands out to everyone who meets him. Alex's actions are selfless because he never seeks recognition for helping others. He is a quiet leader that many students look up to, and he will undoubtedly be successful after he graduates. Thank you, Alex Stevens! 

"Alex has consistently shown his strong work ethic in numerous instances while proving this in many forms, one such as the realm of public health dentistry. What immediately struck me is how passionate he is to delivering quality care to his patients and his adoration to promoting dental health through organized community efforts. He will undoubtedly be a brilliant leader and a superb asset to the dental community. " - Dr. Elmer Hilo

"Alex is just one of those quiet leaders in the class that leads by example. Whether it is giving encouragement to pre dental students at Riverside free clinics about dental school, to giving advice to dental underclassmen about clinic, Alex is one who his peers feel they can trust and depend on when they need him." - Parth Karia, DMD 2016

"He's like a microbrush. Small but useful " - Rica Guidangen, DMD 2017

"Alex is a stand up citizen." - Daniel Hwang, DMD 2016

Dr. Jeffrey Elo 

The Faculty of the Month is Dr. Jeffrey Elo. Besides being an exceptional teacher and prominent figure in oral surgery, Dr. Elo is also an advocate for student and patient rights. He, along with Dean Friedrichsen, fought for the AB 880 Bill that "allows final year dental students to provide dental treatment at sponsored health care events which offer free care, when supervised by their dental school faculty." His humility and passion for teaching inspire us everyday. Thank you, Dr. Elo, for everything you do for us!

"His contributions to the DMD curriculum, and patient care have been un parallel among his peers. His attention to detail, and pursuit to perfection are examples that other faculty pursue and serves as an amazing role model to students" - Dr. Singh

"Dr. Elo is a humanist who embodies the traits of both a gentleman and a scholar. I'm sure I speak for many students and faculty in saying that we are fortunate to have him as a part of WesternU." - Brian Sun, DMD 2017