Dr. Christina Rosenthal is a general dentist and founder of The 516 Foundation, Inc. Its primary initiative, Determined to be a Doctor Someday (D.D.S.), was designed to give students the necessary resources to ultimately become health care professionals. D.D.S. was created by Dr. Rosenthal during her participation in the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

Christina 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, and in 2018, she became an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University. In 2019, she published You Can Become a Doctor Too, a children’s book written to inspire young people and encourage them to pursue healthcare careers.

She is also a sought-after speaker and has formed Prescribing Inspiration LLC for requests. Professionally, Christina has been honored as a 2023 DentaQuest Health Equity Hero and a 2021 Woman of Impact from the American Heart Association. She was also bestowed the 2019 Young Alumna Award from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry’s Alumni Association, 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 on Good Morning America, nationally-syndicated Mentoring Queens, in Black Enterprise Magazine, Because of Them We Can national blog, ADA News (a publication for dentists), Tennessee Alumnus Magazine, and The Commercial Appeal.


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