Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH is the owner/CEO of Paradigm Dental Center, LLC, in Memphis, TN and founder of The 516 Foundation, Inc. The 516 Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that seeks to address the needs of the world community through the principle of servitude. Its primary initiative, Determined to be a Doctor Someday (D.D.S.), was designed so that students, ages 14-18, could obtain mentors and receive the necessary resources to ultimately become healthcare professionals. Students selected represent underrepresented, rural, economically-disadvantaged, and/or first-generation students of any racial background. Objectives of the initiative are twofold: 1) to assist students with entrance into professions within the healthcare industry and 2) encourage participants to return to their communities and help close any access to care disparities. D.D.S. was created by Dr. Rosenthal during her participation in the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

Dr. Rosenthal received a BA degree from the University of Memphis and a DDS degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. She became the 2014-15 recipient of the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, which led to an MPH degree in Management and Policy from Harvard University. She was a 2017 graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a leadership-focused series which draws on the strengths of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. In 2018, she became an Atlantic Health fellow at George Washington University.

Dr. Rosenthal has been honored for her dedication to the community by several organizations. This year she was honored as the 2019 Young Alumna Award recipient from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry’s Alumni Association. She received the 2018 Lifting As We Climb Award from the Sigma Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the 2018 Young Alumni Freedom Award from the University of Memphis Chapter of the NAACP, 2017 Men of Memphis United Award, Best Dentist for the Tri-State Defender’s Best in Black Awards, the Top 40 under 40 from the Memphis Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a Tri-State Defender Woman of Excellence honoree, and the Jack Wells’ Outstanding Young Dentist Award from the Memphis Dental Society. Her efforts have also been highlighted in Black Enterprise Magazine, Because of Them We Can national blog, ADA News (a publication for dentists), Tennessee Alumnus Magazine, and The Commercial Appeal. She holds memberships in the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Memphis Dental Society, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a wife to Arthur Rosenthal, Jr. and mother to three sons: Trey, Artie, and Ace.

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