Brent Lin DMD, Oral Health Alliance Director
Wilson Cruz is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston where he received degrees in Philosophy and English Literature. He has held analyst positions in marketing, financial, and engineering firms in Massachusetts and California--most notably, L. Rudolf Engineering, First Data, Inc., and Western Union Payment Services. Wilson has been a member of the UCSF family since October 2010 when he joined the administration team of UCSF Orthodontics. Currently, Wilson's role as Program Coordinator is to build and guide logistics and administrative projects that are vital to the success of the Oral Health Alliance.
Abbey Alkon, RN, PNP, PhD is a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She is an epidemiologist and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and she works on multi-disciplinary, research teams. Her research focuses on understanding how children’s exposure to adversity early in life and their physiologic responsiveness to their environment effects their health. Her studies include children from ethnically-diverse, low income families. Dr. Alkon is an investigator at the University of California, Berkeley Center on Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) and Director of the California Childcare Health Program (CCHP). Dr. Alkon’s teams also provide service, education, and research to improve the health and safety for children attending child care programs in the U.S. At UCSF School of Nursing, Dr. Alkon teaches the Masters and Doctoral courses on Research Methods.
Dr. Karen Duderstadt is a Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing, and teaches in the Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing program. She completed her PhD at UCSF in Nursing & Health Policy in 2006, and her research focused on access to care for low-income children. Her work over two decades has focused on access to care for patients and families through expansion of public health insurance programs. Since 2005, her clinical practice is with the urban, low-income Spanish speaking population of children and families at San Francisco General Hospital Children’s Health Center. Dr. Duderstadt served as the Health Policy/Legislative Chair for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners from 2002 to 2006. She worked on healthcare reform and reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). She has been a member of the prevention of Childhood Obesity Initiative was a contributing author to the Childhood Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines published in 2006. She also published the 2nd Edition of her popular Elsevier Pediatric Physical Assessment in 2014.
Native Californian, attended UCLA with Psychobiology Major, Western University-College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school, and Residency in Family Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey – Stratford Division. Upon completion of residency, served her National Health Service Corps obligation in Ironton, Ohio where she quickly became Medical Director of the Community Health Centers there, and a member of the board of USPHS Region 5. She then moved her practice across the Ohio river to a community hospital in Ashland, Kentucky and became the practice site for the then new Family Medicine Residency at the hospital. After 3 years, she became the Director of Medical Education and Program Director for the hospital/program, and served in that capacity until moving back to California in June, 2016. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Primary Care at Touro University California in Vallejo, CA. She is married and has two adult children and one grandchild.
Susan A. Fisher-Owens, MD is a practicing Pediatrician in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Fisher-Owens graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2001 and has been in practice for 16 years. Dr. Fisher-Owens accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare and PacifiCare (UnitedHealthcare). Dr. Fisher-Owens also practices at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Fisher-Owens's practice supportedActions these languages: Arabic, Tagalog, French, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese and Russian
Troy Santos B.S.- is currently a pharmacy student at the UCSF School of Pharmacy, class of 2019. He previously completed his Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology & Human Physiology at U.C. Berkeley. He is the 2017-2018 President of UCSF GPSA, and looks to increase interdivision collaboration within the UCSF student body. He is the current executive clinic director at Mabuhay Health Center, a clinic that serves the SoMa community in San Francisco. Troy was previously an Albert Schweitzer Fellow in 2016-2017, and the President of Pilipinos at UCSF Student Organization (PUSO) in 2015-2016.
Troy is currently leading a research project focusing on tobacco usage in college student populations. He is also working on research projects involved with patients at the Women’s HIV clinic at UCSF, as well as a project on medication reconciliation in dental clinics.
Dr. Linda Centore is a health sciences clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. She is the Division Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Community Dental Education which houses the Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency Program and the Community Service Learning Externship Program. As a licensed psychologist and board-certified adult nurse practitioner, she teaches medical risk assessment, behavioral sciences, and cultural competency to dental students and works with challenging patients in the student clinic.
Dr. Thai is part of our pre-doctoral pediatric faculty team. She is involved in the instruction of pediatric dentistry in our didactic and clinical courses. She is board certified with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Thai is married with two children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new restaurants and practicing yoga. She is in private practice in the East Bay: www.kiddodentist.com.
Dr. Devon Cooper was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, had a big move deep south to Ocean Springs, Mississippi when he was 13, attended the University of South Alabama where he received a Bachelors of Science in biology with a minor in Spanish. Devon has always wanted to be a dentist because a pediatric dentist impacted him at the age of 8, which influenced him to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr. Cooper feels very blessed to be a part of the UCSF Pediatric Dental Residency Class of 2018.
Dr Remya Niranjan earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2004 from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India . After immigrating to the U.S in 2005 , Dr.Niranjan earned her DDS from University of California San Francisco in 2011. Upon graduation , she focussed on serving rural communities in Central Valley of California and is a faculty at UCSF. She works at Livingston Community Health in Hilmar CA where she was instrumental in opening the dental clinic. Dr.Niranjan is facilitating an engagement between UCSF and the Livingston Community Health in order to better serve the population in Central Valley.
Her goal is to administer quality care to pediatric patients and hopes to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry. On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her family and travelling to experience various cultures.
Ruchita received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree from Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital in 2014. She is currently doing a fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry at UCSF and wants to pursue a career in Pediatric Dentistry. She feels very fortunate to be a part the Oral Health Alliance and is working on developing outcome assessment tools for inter-professional education and case presentations for discussions & evaluations.
Irene Ching is a second-year dental student at UCSF, where she is expected to graduate in 2018. As part of the Oral Health Alliance, she will develop an interprofessional elective to introduce non-dental, health professional students to preventive dental care and early dental disease recognition. Irene received her Master’s in Global Health from UCSF in 2014 and her B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University in 2013.
JungSoo Kim is a dental student at the UCSF School of Dentistry, expected to receive her D.D.S. degree in 2019. In the Oral Health Alliance group, Ms. Kim is responsible for organizing its first annual Symposium and for outcome assessments in its projects. Prior to dental school, Ms. Kim worked as a Junior Professional Associate for four years at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Ms. Kim received her B.S. with high honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2011.
Sheela is a dental student at the UCSF School of Dentistry, expected to receive her D.D.S degree in 2020. She joined the Oral Health Alliance Team to help with the sustainability of the Oral Health Alliance team and organize it's various programs including: the Interprofessional Education for Primary Care Providers, Undergraduate College Day Event, Oral Health Symposium, and Pediatric Oral Hygiene Fellowship Program. She looks forward to spreading the importance of interprofessionalism and empowering minority and underrepresented students to pursue the dental profession. Sheela received her B.S in Chemistry and B.A in Studio Art from California State University of Bakersfield in 2016.