Lauren is a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice (RDHAP), which allows her to address access to care issues by bringing the dental hygiene appointment to patients who find coming into the office challenging. Unlike most RDHAPs, Lauren is credentialed to treat patients at California Pacific Medical Center campuses, and can offer her patients a hospital-based surgical private practice setting if needed. When she isn't treating patients, she's teaching as an instructor of periodontics and dental hygiene at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She is also Executive Administrator of the Beyond Faces Foundation, a national nonprofit for children requiring facial reconstruction.
Prior to obtaining a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from University of the Pacific, Lauren earned B.A. degrees in both Journalism and Industrial Arts, with emphases in print and digital media, from San Francisco State University. She has worked for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation, with the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy, participated in clinical research, and continues to indulge in freelance projects.
Her journey thus far has made one thing abundantly clear: it is of paramount importance that people are good to themselves, and mindful of what is around them because how people are treated matters. It is critical to create healthy experiences for ourselves and each other. Lauren believes that the success of our environment is integral to our own success, which is why she strives to foster integrity, empathy, and respect by practicing those qualities personally and professionally.