Education

  • Certificate of Specialization in Periodontics and Implantology: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio: School of Dentistry (2010)
  • Masters Degree in Biomedical Science: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Graduate School of Biomedical Science (2010)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery: University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (2007)
  • Bachelor of Science, General Biology: Minor in Art History: University of California, San Diego, Thurgood Marshall College (2003)

Licenses & Certifications

  • Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery, American Board of Periodontology, Diplomate
  • Dental Board of California, Dental License
  • Dental Board of California, Oral Conscious Sedation
  • Chao Pinhole Academy, Certified Clinician & Clinical Instructor
  • Voluntary Clinical Instructor: Dept. Family Medicine & Public Health, UCSD Health Sciences

Leadership & Professional Development

  • OMNIA, Clinical Science Representative – 2018
  • Straumann, Key Opinion Leader & Lecturer – 2013-Present
  • Western Society of Periodontists, board of directors – 2019- Present
  • California Dental Association
    Council on Membership 2016-2017
    Governance Review Advisory Committee 2013-2015
    Committee on the New Dentist (Chair 2015) 2012-2015
    Ex-Officio Liaison, Peer Review Committee 2013
    Ex-Officio Liaison, Council on Governance Affairs 2014
    Guest Member, Board of Trustees 2015
    Ex-Officio Liaison, Board of Managers 2015
    Leadership Training Conferences 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • San Diego County Dental Society
    Secretary 2019 (slated for President 2021)
    Board of Directors 2013-2019
    Task Force on Policy Development 2016-Present
    Delegate for CDA House of Delegates 2014-Present
    Chair, Committee on Membership Retention and Recruitment 2012-2014
    Committee on Communication 2013-2017
    Committee on New Dentist 2010-2015
    Leadership Development Committee 2013-2017
    Nominating Committee 2013-present
  • California Society of Periodontists
    Board of Directors 2015-2018
    Advocacy Committee, Chair 2016-2018
    Committee on Membership 2012-2018
    Committee on Communication 2013-2017
  • Dental Implant Coordinator Association
    Advisory Board 2016-Present
  • San Diego Academy for Systemic Health
    Founding Board Member 2017-Present
  • American Academy of Periodontology
    Student Ambassador 2009-2010
  • Patterson Education
    Clinical Mentor, sdHYGIENE study club 2012-2015
  • American Student Dental Association
    Speaker of the House of Delegates 2005-2006
    Presiding Officer, House of Delegates 2005-2006
    Board of Trustees 2005-2006
    Council on Government and Professional Issues 2005-2006
    Committee on Annual Sessions 2005-2006
    Alternate Delegate, House of Delegates 2004 & 2005
    ASDA Class Representative: UCLA School of Dentistry 2003-2005
    Coordinator: Crest Healthy Smiles 2010, 2004-2005
  • American Dental Association
    ASDA Liaison: Council on ADA Annual Session 2005-2006
    Subcommittee on Strategic Planning
  • Periodontics Study Club: University of California, Los Angeles 2004-2007
  • Floyd M. Riddick Practicum:  American Institute of Parliamentarians 2006
    Received Dr. Thomas Soliday, ADA Speaker of the House Scholarship
  • Dean’s Leadership Institute: University of California, Los Angeles 2006
  • University of California, San Diego 2001-2003
    Predental Society
    Health Professions Mentor Program
    Health Professions Program
    Faculty Mentor Program
    Participant: Student Organizations and Leadership Opportunities
    Participant: Scholarly Healthcare Peer Discussions

Awards

  • Top Dentist, San Diego Magazine 2016-present
  • Woman of the Year: National Association of Professional Women 2014
  • John F. Prichard Prize for Graduate Research: Southwest Society of Periodontists 2010
  • West Los Angeles Dental Society:  “Outstanding Achievements in Organized Dentistry” 2007

Publications & Articles


Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Dental Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • California Society of Periodontists
  • Western Society of Periodontists
  • California Dental Association
  • San Diego Society of Periodontists
  • San Diego County Dental Society
  • San Diego Academy for Systemic Health
  • Dental Implant Coordinator Association

Presentations & Study Clubs

  • Southern California Periodontics & Implantology Spear Study Club Leader
  • Presenter, Southern California Periodontics & Implantology Study Club 2018
    Presentation Title: “Advances in Digital Dentistry”
  • Guest Presenter & Hands-On Clinical Instructor, Pinhole Academy 2016-2017
    Presentation Title: “Pinhole Surgical Technique: Lessons Learned”
  • Guest Presenter, Pinhole Academy: Webinar 2016
  • Presenter, Orange County Dental Hygiene Society 2016
    Presentation Title: “Occlusion, Oral Health, and Systemic Well-Being”
  • Presenter, North County Interdisciplinary Study Club 2016
    Presentation Title: “Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning”
  • Presenter, Southern California Periodontics & Implantology Study Club 2016
    Presentation Title: “Treatment Options to Reverse Gingival Recession”
  • Guest Presenter, Pinhole Academy 2016
    Webinar: “Introduction to the Pinhole Surgical Technique”
  • Guest Presenter, Pinhole Academy 2016
    Presentation Title: “Pinhole Surgical Technique: My First 7 Cases”
  • Presenter, New York Interdisciplinary Study Club 2015
    Presentation Title: “Interdisciplinary Management of Complex Cases
  • Presenter, UTHSCSA Graduate Periodontics 2014
    Guest Speaker, Practice Management
  • Presenter, Orange County Invisalign Study Club 2014
    Presentation Title: “Occlusion, Oral Health, & Quality of Life ”
  • Presenter, San Diego Invisalign Study Club 2014
    Presentation Title: “Occlusion, Oral Health, & Quality of Life ”
  • Presenter, Invisalign Annual Summit 2013
    Presentation Title: “Occlusion, Oral Health, & Quality of Life ”
  • Presenter, South Bay Oral Surgery Study Club 2013
    Presentation Title: “Implant Maintenance and Treatment of Implant Complications”
  • Presenter, sdHYGIENE Study Club 2013
    Presentation Title: “Implant Maintenance and Treatment of Implant Complications”
  • Presenter, SCPI Study Club 2013
    Presentation Title: “Benefits of Dental Implants”
  • Presenter, Health Dimensions Wellness Program, Community Health Group 2013
    Presentation Title: “Achieving and Maintaining Oral Health”
  • Presenter, sdHYGIENE Study Club 2012
    Presentation Title: “Gingival Recession, Current Therapies for Treatment”
  • Presenter, SCPI Hygiene Study Club 2012
    Presentation Title: “Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy: Benefits and Limitations”
  • Presenter, Citrus Valley Study Club 2012
    Presentation Title: “Don’t Wait, Regenerate”
  • Presenter, Roncone Periodontics Study Club 2010
    Presentation Title: “Implant Site Development”
  • Presenter, Roncone Periodontics Study Club 2010
    Presentation Title: “Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy: Indications and Limitations”
  • Presenter, Chula Vista Periodontics Study Club 2010
    Presentation Title: “Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy: Benefits and Limitations”
  • Presenter, Chula Vista Periodontics Study Club 2010
    Presentation Title: “Surgical Treatment Options for Optimal Implant Esthetics”
  • Presenter, Southwest Society of Periodontists 2010
    Presentation Title: “Histomorphometric Analysis of Healing after Tooth Extraction with Ridge Preservation ”
  • Presenter, Southwest Society of Periodontists Interinstitutional Meeting 2010
    Presentation Title #1: “Successes of Periodontal Regeneration”
    Presentation Title #2: “Treatment of Ailing and Failing Implants”
  • Presenter, Project HOPE: Laredo, TX 2009
    Presentation Title: “Introduction to Periodontics”
  • Presenter: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 2009
    Title: “Periodontic-Restorative Interrelationships”
  • Presenter: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 2008
    • Title: “ASDA: The Value of Membership”