Being a university topper during BDS and a gold medalist in MDS, Dr. Ridhima Gaunkar went on to join Goa Dental College and Hospital in 2011 as the first Public Health Dentist in the State of Goa. Since then, she has planned and executed several community-based oral health programs like teachers training and Pit and fissure sealant program under National Oral Health Program, National Health Mission for the entire state of Goa.

She is trained as a Master trainer under National Tobacco Control Program, Ministry of Health and Family welfare and has conducted various training sessions for dentists, medical and health officers in the Public Health care system in the field of Tobacco cessation.

She is also the Nodal officer for Oral division of Mega medical camps, Government of Goa.

She has several best papers and more than 20 national and international publications to her credit. She is an Executive Committee member of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry (2017-2021) and Joint Secretary of Indian Dental Association , Goa State Branch.

Dr. Ridhima Gaunkar,

Dr. Vaibhav Kumar is a Public Health Dentist, Research Consultant and Preventive Dentist based in Mumbai, India. He is a gold medalist from the prestigious KAHER and currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the TPCT’s Terna Dental College, Navi Mumbai.   He is the National Scientific Officer of the Indian Association of  Dental Students. He is one of the youngest Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has over 25 publications to his credit within a span of 4 years. He has won over 30 best paper awards at various scientific podiums and forums. He has also undergone extensive training in Christian Medical College, Vellore and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is the proud recipient of the Colgate Palmolive MDS Research Grant and has been the top four Pan-India finalists at the Sun Pharma Science Scholar Award for Young Scientists- 2017, in the sphere of biomedical sciences.  He has been awarded multiple accolades, including the one by the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Famdent-Excellence in Dentistry Award, IDRR Young Researcher and Budding Dentist Award, Bite-In Award, Guiding Award for excellence in dentistry, the IADS Pan-India award for best PG student and the Indian Health Professionals Award for Rural Dental Service.

He has also received the Student Merit awards by the Indian Society of Periodontology and Indian Association of Oral Medicine and Radiology. He has also won the International College of Dentists Bronze Plaque Award.

Dr. Vaibhav Kumar

Dr. Arpit Gupta is presently an Assistant Professor in Preventive & Community Dentistry at the Oral Health Sciences Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where he is making critical contributions to the National Resource Centre for the Oral Healthcare of Children and Elderly under the National Oral Health Program, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. He is also working on a multicentric Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) task force project for integrating Oral Health care with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) through Anganwadi workers at PGI Chandigarh. He had served the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi as a Senior Resident and also as a Research Officer at the National Centre of Excellence for the Implementation of National Oral Health Program (NOHP). During the tenure at AIIMS, he was proactively involved with the activities of WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Promotion at the Centre for Dental Education & Research. Post Graduated from KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences in 2013, Dr Gupta is an MDS University Topper and overall MDS – Public Health Dentistry National Topper 2013(as per data released by IAPHD). He has to his credit various awards and National/International publications including  DrArunSethia Award by the International College of Dentists, Section VI and International Scholarships by Johns Hopkins University as well as by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), ULM University – Germany. He had been a member to the various technical committee for Oral Health by the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi including one on drafting the National Oral Health Policy, planning a National Oral Health Survey, phasing down the use of Mercury from Dentistry etc.

Dr. Arpit Gupta ,