Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors

Our Founder

DR. SHAREL S. SLY

Dr. Sharel S. Sly is a General Dentist and native of New Orleans, LA where she has proven to all, “it is not where you come from, but where you are going that determines your path in life.”  She was taught at an early age to work hard for what you want, strive for excellence and let nothing deter you from your goals. Dr. Sly received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2009.  After practicing in LA she moved to Houston in 2011 and in 2016 achieved her dream of opening up her own dental practice.

Dr. Sly hopes to make her mark in Houston as she furthers her craft of dentistry. Her primary goal is to provide quality dental care where patients will get to develop a lasting relationship with her, which can be challenging in today’s society of ever-revolving corporate dentistry; to do so, time must be spent with each patient where treatment is explained, questions are answered and patients are heard. Dr. Sly has a genuine affinity for her profession and keeps abreast of the advancements in Dentistry by committing to continually learning through continuous education. Above all, she truly loves to see the confidence and joy she can impart just by allowing patients to simply smile again.

In 2017 Dr. Sly created a organization, Sistahs in Dentistry, that is to serve as a sisterhood for black women who practice as double minorities in dentistry. It is a community where women uplift, support and encourage each other through some of the challenges of dentistry and life. The group is a network of over 2400 members and has been a useful resource for practicing dentists as well as dental students soon to embark upon the wonderful field of dentistry. For Dr. Sly it was important that students had the guidance before leaving school so that they are much better prepared to practice dentistry. The organization Sistahs in Dentistry is evolving and is a part of the parent organization, started by Dr. Sly, the Association of Black Women Dentists(ABWD).  The ABWD hopes to one day be to the NDA what the AAWD is to the ADA, but in the meantime Dr. Sly is  happy to see black female dentists connecting via social meetups, continuing education events, charitable events and networking online.

Our Ambassadors

Ambassadors help assist the founder in the operations of the group. Ambassadors are the direct point of contact in each region and help with the arranging of meetups, CE courses, vendor opportunities, etc. 

Please take a look at the map below to locate your nearest ambassador.

Dr. Truvella Reese

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • California
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Alaska

Dr. Truvella Reese

Truvella “Trudy” Reese practices General Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the owner of CrowneDental, a private dental practice where she performs family and cosmetic dentistry. From this location she runs “Doc2Be” a mentoring program for individuals interested in careers in health professions. Doc2Be is a continuation of her mentor role established while on Clinical Faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine. Additionally, she founded “Vegas Smiles” a free dental clinic where Dr. Reese provides pro-bono dentistry for those with financial need, a touching story or they are reentering the workforce.

Outside of the dental office, Dr. Reese is an in-home volunteer at Refuge for Women. Refuge for Women is a faith based safe house for women rescued from human trafficking Weekly she works with the residents at Refuge on job and life skills to help them gain independence. She is the current President of the City of Lights Dental Society, a chair for the Oral Health component of the American Women’s Medical Association Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans Committee(AWMA-PATH), and a member of Health Professional Education, Advocacy, Linkage (HEAL) Trafficking. Dr. Reese is currently working on a “Call to Action” paper for the American Dental Association on trafficking as it relates to dentistry and training to be an accredited speaker on “Human Trafficking in Oral Healthcare” for continuing education courses in Dentistry.

DR. Falona Huntley-Glenn

  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Nebraska

Dr. Falona Huntley-Glenn

Dr. Falona Glenn graduated from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama and received her Bachelor of Science. She then graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville,Tennessee and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery. Once leaving there, she did a general practice residency at the University of Mississippi at Jackson. Once completing that program she moved to Denver, Colorado where she currently owns a private practice that is shared with her husband, Gerald. She is also the Dental Director at both Adams County and Boulder County Detention Facilities.

She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Metropolitan Denver Dental Association, as well as the Colorado Dental Association. She has served as a board member of Kid’s In Need of Dentistry. (KIND) She has been a Girl Scout troop leader and is very active in the Diversity Action Group here in Colorado. Dr. Glenn is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband Gerald have two daughters, Lindsey and Lauryn.

Dr. Madeira Hatcher

  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Louisiana

Dr. Madeira Hatcher

Dr. Madeira Hatcher was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. After graduating from LSU with a BS in Biological Sciences, she then attained her DDS at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. Immediately following dental school, Dr. Hatcher completed her General Practice Residency at Louisiana State University which included treating medically compromised patients using various levels of sedation. Dr. Hatcher loves treating her patients and doing all she can to relieve any stresses related to dental treatment. Her favorite part of the day is seeing her patients leave with a smile.

Dr. Hatcher is a member of the Academy of General Dentists, Houston Minority Dental Society, and is an Ambassador for ABWD’s Sistahs in Dentistry. Dr. Hatcher also volunteers with organizations such as Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA). During her free time, Dr. Hatcher enjoys trying new restaurants, reading, and spending time with friends, family, and her pet chihuahua, Lord Biscuit.

DR. Celia Mimms

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio

Dr. Celia Mimms

Dr. Celia Mimms graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. She is actively involved with the Chicago Dental Society and American Dental Association. Dr. Mimms currently practices in the Chicagoland area and in her spare time enjoys baking and gardening.

Dr. Angela Brown

  • Missouri
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama

Dr. Angela Brown

Dr. Angela Wright Brown attended Westminster Christian Academy, Huntsville Middle School and graduated from Oakwood Christian Academy. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Oakwood University, and her doctorate of dental surgery in 1996 from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1997, Dr. Brown served as chief resident of Hospital Dentistry at Meharry Medical College, after which she returned home to Huntsville. In 2002, she began Healthy Smiles Huntsville. Now as an esteemed member of the dentistry community, Dr. Brown is board certified and a member of many leading dental organizations, including the American Dental Association.
 
For Dr. Brown, dentistry is her career and passion. Her goal is to educate and spread understanding while providing a fun and friendly environment for her patients. Dr. Brown is happily married to Michael Brown. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spoiling her nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Dr. Emma J. Guzman

  • New York
  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Deleware
  • Washington DC

Dr. Emma J. Guzman

Dr. Emma J. Guzman is a General and Cosmetic dentist from Brooklyn, New York.Dr. Guzman graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She completed her oneyear General Practice Residency at Bronx Care in the Bronx, NY. She is a member of the American DentalAssociation, New York State Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentist and is a lifetimemember of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity. Dr. Guzman has a passion for service and hasparticipated in multiple dental outreach missions overseas providing dental care to those who lackaccess to care.Dr. Guzman also speaks to young students regarding careers in the S.T.E.M fields and mentors thoseinterested in pursuing dentistry.Dr. Guzman enjoys dancing, kickboxing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Nekia Staley

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Maryland

Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither

Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither is native Washingtonian. She grew up with a love for caring for others with special interest in medicine. She matriculated at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia as a pre-med Biology major. After choosing to pursue a career in dentistry she attended and graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry with a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Staley-Neither is a dedicated wife and mother of four beautiful daughters and two sons. She is an active member of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church. Dr. Neither also, volunteers as the Artistic Director of Standing Ovations Dance Academy in District Heights, Maryland. Enhancing Dr. Staley-Neither’s commitment to providing care to person of all background she is currently a Decod Fellow at the University of Washington at Seattle where she has and continues to train to treat and accommodate mentally and physically challenged person. Dr. Neither has been involved with special needs person children especially since her elementary years.

Volunteering at the Hospital for sick children and various shelters in Atlanta where she completed her undergraduate studies has encourage and dedicated her to provide quality and special care to all. Dr. Staley-Neither is a member of the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, Robert T Freeman Dental society, and Delta Phi Sigma Dental Sorority. You can also find Dr. Staley-Neither participating, sponsoring, and serving in various health fairs, dental fairs and other community service projects in the Washington Metropolitan Area. She is a caring and committed professional who is dedicated to her patient’s dental health. She is active in both the Maryland State Dental Society and the American Dental Society.

Dr. Alisa Nelson-Wade

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Florida

Dr. Alisa Nelson-Wade

Dr. Alisa Nelson-Wade is a native of Eatonton, Georgia. She attended Georgia College where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1994. Dr. Nelson received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery(DDS) from Meharry Medical College in 1998, where she graduated with honors. She then went on to complete a General Practice Residency in 1999.

Because of her love of dentistry and commitment to training others, Dr. Nelson was invited to serve as an associate professor in the department of Periodontics and Oral Diagnosis at Meharry. She maintained her position of two years, during that time she was promoted to Clinical Course Coordinator.

Missing her ties to her Georgia “roots”, Dr. Nelson decided to move home where she jump-started her career with an associateship in Corporate Dentistry. Desiring a more personal atmosphere, Dr. Nelson opened her own Private Practice in 2002. Since that time Dr. Nelson has enjoyed interacting with her patients from all over the metro-Atlanta area.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Nelson has received many honors and awards. She is a member of many dental organizations, including the ADA and the AGD. She enjoys reading, studying the bible, cooking, shopping with her girlfriends and spending time with her husband and two children.