Keaton Mash receives NCDS Student Leader in Organized Dentistry Award

Thomas Keaton Mash, DMD, 2016 graduate of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, has received the Student Leader in Organized Dentistry Award from the North Carolina Dental Society.

The award is given to a fourth-year student in good academic standing who has shown exceptional leadership and interest in organized dentistry.

Thomas Keaton Mash ‘16

Thomas Keaton Mash ‘16

While in dental school, Mash was named 2015 District 4 Delegate of the Year by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). He served as the ECU ASDA Chapter president and received the ASDA Award of Excellence in 2016. He also served as the student representative to the North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS) Board of Trustees, NCDS House of Delegates, and NCDS House of Delegates Reference Committee.

In 2015, Mash received the Pierre Fauchard Academy Student Award and scholarship. He graduated from ECU’s dental school with honors in May 2016 and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

Mash said, “working with the state dental society and ASDA was a pleasure during my time at East Carolina. I am excited for the opportunity to return to northwestern North Carolina and serve the communities that I grew up in.”

Dr. Mash is originally from Jefferson, N.C. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Appalachian State University. He is a member of Cross Trail Outfitters in Ashe County and of Centershot Ministries. His desire to be a dentist was born out a vision to help North Carolinians achieve better health and form relationships that last a lifetime.