DDS | The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
MEd | University of Houston
Dr. Arriaga is an assistant professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health. Her primary position at the school is clinical instructor for second, third- and fourth-year students. She obtained her dental degree from The University of Texas School of Dentistry (then UT Dental Branch) in 1985. Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Arriaga was recognized with her induction into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Fraternity. Her other awards include Psi Omega Fraternity National Council Scholastic Achievement Award, DENTSPLY International Merit Award and The American Association of Endodontic Certificate of Merit Award. Dr. Arriaga also holds a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. In addition, she received a Masters of Education degree from the University of Houston.
After a successful 27-year career in private practice, Dr. Arriaga turned her sights on her true passion: dental education. Since her appointment to the UTSD faculty in 2010, she has been engaged in teaching predoctoral general dentistry. Her efforts focus in the area of CAD/CAM dentistry, where she has served as an essential faculty member for the implementation of CAD/CAM dentistry at the school. Dr. Arriaga has served in other leadership roles in preclinical education, clinic, committee work and faculty development. She received the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher award in 2020.
Dr. Arriaga served our country as a dental reservist in the US Navy.