Meet the Team

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Nehal Shah

D.D.S. Tufts University 2022 (Candidate)
M.S. Biomedical Sciences; Barry University 2017
B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences; UC Irvine 2016

Nehal Shah is a 3rd year dental student at Tufts University Dental School in Boston. Looking to go into private practice ownership soon after graduating, he decided to fast-trak his career by getting as much exposure to the dental world he can outside of school, through igniteDDS. As an avid professional photographer and videographer, Nehal uses his passion and skills to help ignite with many of our graphic design and video content needs.

Dr. Lucas W. Shaprio

Dr. Lucas Shapiro is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery.  He completed his post-doctoral orthodontic training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

During college, Dr. Shapiro majored in Spanish. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and worked as a Spanish teacher/tour guide in Seville.  Dr. Shapiro is fluent in Spanish, as well as French. He also can speak very basic Chinese and is learning Portuguese. His passion for languages has allowed him to communicate and treat patients all around the world.

At Stony Brook, Dr. Shapiro was a very active member of the community, serving as vice-president of the SBU American Student Dental Association (ASDA).  He was involved in research, receiving a grant from the New York Academy of Dentistry  to study the accuracy of precision of 3D surface scanning systems.  Upon graduation he won the Quintessence award for research, Dr. Kilimitzoglou Pioneer in Dentistry award and Stony Brook Alumni Award.

At Tufts, he continued his research and received a grant from the New England Society of Orthodontics (NESO) to study 3D Mechanical Stimulation of Bioengineered Periodontal Tissue on GelMA Hydrogel. Fun Fact: He sat next to Dr. Andrew Lemchen during clinic, who served as his mentor during residency and beyond.

Dr. Shapiro is also very involved with social media and dental content creation.  He started the Instagram page @futuredentists, works with the educational organization @ignitedds and has an orthodontic tiktok page @drshap.

In his free time, Dr. Shapiro enjoys playing sports and board games, his favorites being Settlers of Catan and pickleball.

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Sable A Muntean, DMD, MHSA

Co-Director of ignitePreDent

Dr. Sable Muntean is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine- School of Dental Medicine. During her time in dental school she earned a Masters in Health Services Administration, published her research on dental implants in Compendium, held various leadership roles in state and national dental organizations, and also co-founded an organization called ignitePreDent® to help pre-dental students on their journey to dental school.

After earning her degrees, Dr. Muntean completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry followed by a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry at Southern Illinois University. Currently she practices in St. Louis, MO.

 

Tara Aboumahboub

TikTok & Reel Content Manager

The "Reel" Deal

Tara Aboumahboub is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences. She is currently a 2021 D.M.D. candidate at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

During college, Ms. Aboumahboub was thoroughly active in her studies and leadership roles. She served as a delegate for her favorite organization, The Children's Miracle Network, and says it is a large part of why she decided to choose a healthcare profession. During her sophomore year of college, Tara lost her beloved mother to breast cancer, which led to her journey traveling across America, speaking to hundreds of people about the power of resilience and sharing her personal experiences.

As a dental student, Tara has had the opportunity to internationally serve communities in need of dental care. She led a team of student dentists to Jamaica, where she developed a deep understanding of the impact of oral health. She has also operated as the President of the Persian Association of Student Dentists and Dentists (PASDAD) as well as nominated by the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs as the student representative for the Dental Materials Committee.

Tara's latest accomplishment has been the creation of her brand Dentara, which expands on lifestyle, empowerment, education, and of course, dentistry. She is looking forward to developing Dentara further as her career blossoms. Tara is thrilled to be a part of the Ignite team and hopes to help young dentists see what an incredible company IgniteDDS is!

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