Dr. Ruona earned her dental degree at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1992, returning in 1997 for two years of postgraduate training in restorative dentistry. She has 16 years of experience in private practice in both Michigan and Washington, where she also served on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and University of Washington School of Dentistry.
She joined UTSD in 2011 as an assistant professor, becoming Group Practice Director in 2012. She completed the ADA’s Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Course and Evidence Reviewer Training in 2013. Dr. Ruona’s teaching responsibilities currently include Senior Prosthodontics Clinic (course director), Clinical Practice I and II, Second-Year Clinic, and Dental Insurance Management in Private Practice elective (course director). She is also the 2014-15 president of the Faculty Senate and vice president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon’s Mu Mu Chapter.