Patient Care

Creating a Clinic for People with Special Needs

Artist's rendition of Special Needs clinic

Join the School of Dentistry as it creates a a new clinic for people with cognitive and physical disabilities in the Center for Oral Health Care and Research.

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Serving San Antonio and South Texas

Street Medicine Initiative Mobile Dental clinic at Haven for Hope in San Antonio
Dental students Seve Trujillo (from left), Aaron Ramon, Genesis Patino, Marian Rosado, Ed Mesa and Joel Elizondo provided cleanings and dental treatment to homeless patients through the Street Medicine Initiative at Haven for Hope in San Antonio.

For almost five decades, the School of Dentistry has made community outreach part of its educational curriculum. Students learn while helping patients who most need dental care.

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Street Medicine

Vidal G. Balderas, D.D.S., M.P.H. discusses patient cases with students
Vidal G. Balderas, D.D.S., M.P.H., director of the Primary Dental Care Program Rotation for the Homeless, discusses patient cases with students participating in the Street Medicine Initiative at Haven for Hope.

Dental and dental hygiene faculty and students are providing dental care to homeless residents who take shelter at the outdoor Courtyard at Haven for Hope.

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Refugee Clinic

Kelsey Reyes examines a patient
Fourth-year dental student Kelsey Reyes examines a patient who is holding her curious toddler. Reyes is the refugee clinic’s dental student leader for 2019 – 2020.

While providing oral health care to recent immigrants, dental and dental hygiene students gain knowledge of global health issues.

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Laredo Outreach

Claudia Cavazos, D.D.S.
Claudia Cavazos, D.D.S. Class of 1996, M.P.H., oversees residents who rotate at Gateway Community Health, Inc., in Laredo. She serves as the chief dental officer for its five dental clinics.

For more than 30 years, students have gained invaluable experience while caring for underserved patients in the border town of Laredo, Texas.

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Patient Care: A Team Effort

Concepcion Barboza, D.D.S., Susan Horta with patient Terri Davis
Prosthodontist Concepcion Barboza, D.D.S., and Susan Horta, senior dental assistant, celebrate with patient Terri Davis (center) who completed extensive reconstruction treatment after battling tongue cancer.

An interdisciplinary team of dental experts and specialists from across UT Health San Antonio helped a New Braunfels woman before, during and after her battle with tongue cancer.

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Alumni Volunteers Teaching Students

Karen Wuertz, D.D.S., Alex Dougherty, and Bill Rose, D.D.S.
Karen Wuertz, D.D.S. Class of 1992 (from left); Alex Dougherty, fourth-year dental student; Bill Rose, D.D.S., director of the Predoctoral Division, and Marwan Fattouhi, D.D.S. Class of 2018, discuss a patient’s treatment in the general practice clinic.

From just months to many years after graduating, alumni of the School of Dentistry return as volunteers to teach the next generation of dental professionals.

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The Notable Nine

photo of the nine-member pain research team
Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S. Ph.D. (from left); Yu Shin Kim, Ph.D.; Nathaniel Jeske, Ph.D.; Shivani Ruparel, Ph.D.; Nikita Ruparel, D.D.S., Ph.D. (in back), and Kenneth M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D., are part of a nine-member pain research team. (Not shown are Armen Akopian, Ph.D.; Vanessa Chrepa, D.D.S., and Asma Khan, B.D.S., Ph.D.)

One of the nation’s leading pain research teams can be found in a lab in the School of Dentistry. These nine researchers are battling America’s addiction to pain medicines.

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Assisting Patient Care, Education in Valley

Dental student with patient
A grant from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation is helping the School of Dentistry with its mission to increase access to oral health care in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation is helping the School of Dentistry increase access to dental care to residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

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Continuing Legacy of Support in Laredo

Kara Whittington, D.D.S. and Maria Minerva Garcia, D.D.S.
Kara Whittington, D.D.S., second-year pediatric dental resident (left), examines a patient with Maria Minerva Garcia, D.D.S., who holds the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust Distinguished University Chair in Oral Health.

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust is marking 10 years of helping the dental school provide dental education and oral health care in South Texas.

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