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Tanaka Humanitarian Award
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Terry Tanaka Student Humanitarian Award

The Terry Tanaka Award was created in honour of Dr. Terry Tanaka, a past president of the Academy. Dr. Tanaka's outstanding and magnanimous contributions to educational and humanitarian projects in local service and developing countries have been a shining example for the dental fraternity and the Academy.  The award is conferred on a dental student who best exemplifies the charitable and humanitarian spirit of Dr. Tanaka. The award is given to one senior dental student each year in recognition of their outstanding exemplary volunteer services during their prior three years in dental school.


Dr. Jacob Park, Dr. Terry Tanaka, Ms. Taylor Reece, Ms. Garnetta Burris; proud Mother, and Dr. Kevin Gureckis. Drs. Park and Gureckis are both faculty of UT Health San Antonio. 


University of Texas Health ~ San Antonio

This years winner of the ADI Terry Tanaka Student Humanitarian Award is Ms. Taylor Reece, a most worthy and deserving student from the University of Texas Health, School of Dentistry in San Antonio, Texas.

Taylor is an excellent nominee for this award where leadership and service to the profession, patients, and organized charities all come together in a compassionate manner.  For three straight years, she has demonstrated dedication and commitment to organized dentistry as not only an active member of dental school organizations, but also as a student provider at numerous local refugee health and community organizations, such as the Christian Medical and Dental Associations CMDA, and many other school health programs.

She has also been especially active in global health efforts as a participant and organizer in many joint mission trips abroad and routinely volunteers at CMDA border mission trips and serves all spectrums of vulnerable populations. She has completed over eight border mission trips  (2015- current to US/Mexico border) and two international global health missions, one to Dominican Republic (2017 for 9 days) and one to Jamaica (2018 for 9 days) and was a part organizer for the Jamaica mission trip.

She has always contributed to population and patient care and even as a student, she leads by example and is a strong advocate for mission trips and service learning projects. Taylor is humble and resourceful on mission trips and at home, and is always there when needed.

We should all be proud that when leadership, service to our profession and compassionate care for all patients come together in a young person, because she represents hope for future generations. Taylor is truly deserving of this ADI award for humanitarian service because humanitarians touch the lives of many, including those who are placed in a position to advise. Therefore, to be described by ones own school advisor with the phrase , "Taylor's name is synonymous with service," best describes why she was selected as this year's winner. Thank you, and welcome, "Student Doctor Taylor Reece" to the ADI Family.

Terry T. Tanaka, DDS
Member Tanaka Award Selection Committee

Sincere thanks to Taylor's advisor, Assoc. Professor, Dr. Moshtagh R Farokhi for her recommendation and her efforts to help Taylor Reece and the many who serve those less fortunate in this world.

Tanaka Student Humanitarian Recipients


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