Salute is the official magazine for the alumni and friends of the School of Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Read and share inspiring stories highlighting our dental alumni, faculty and students who are revolutionizing education, research, patient care and critical services in the communities they serve.
"Friends, there is so much to be excited about in the coming years, and so much to be proud of in the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry." - Dean Peter M. Loomer
Oral medicine: Two disciplines, one purpose
In 2020, the American Dental Association officially recognized oral medicine as the 11th dental specialty, but for more than 75 years, oral medicinists like David Ojeda Diaz, DDS, have been bridging the practice of medicine and dentistry.
A head start in public health
Dental and dental hygiene students support access to oral health care through a required rotation with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s Oral Health Program, which provides a glimpse at a career in public health.
Broader connections for border care
Faculty and students will be providing community health workers with oral health education tailored to the individuals they serve along the Texas border.
Meeting the need
Class of 2010 alumna, Christina Meiners, DDS, FICD, recounts her journey to becoming a dentist, explains her passion for outreach and advocacy for more underrepresented minorities within the dental professions.
‘Who cares about teeth?’
With several awards from top organizations in the field, a publication of findings from a global study and three major multimillion-dollar NIH grants under his belt, periodontics researcher Georgios A. Kotsakis, DDS, MS, advocates for oral health and global impact.