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MHA | Texas Woman's University, Houston, 2007
Certificate in Dental Hygiene | UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston, 1999
Associate Professor Victoria Patrounova is a 1999 graduate of UTHealth School of Dentistry and a 2007 graduate of Texas Woman’s University at Houston. She joined the UTHealth faculty in 2009 after practicing dental hygiene in the Houston area for 10 years. In addition to teaching both first- and second-year dental hygiene students, she teaches continuing dental education courses and serves as an advisor for the Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Her professional activities include membership in the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Association, where she is on the board and serves as student liaison, having also been treasurer and vice president. She has served on committees for dental health/community outreach, budget and finance, and is active with the Texas Hygienists’ Political Action Committee (HyPac).
On the state level, Mrs. Patrounova has been a TDHA delegate and volunteered with the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators Association. She judges table clinics at the state level and has served as TDHEA committee chair for table clinic competition for three years. On the national level, she has published articles on tobacco products in refereed journals and presented at two professional association annual conferences. She is a member of the American Dental Educators Association and the American Dental Hygienists' Association. In June 2016, she represented Texas dental hygienists as a delegate to the ADHA meeting in Pittsburgh.
GHDHA chose her to receive the 2016 Esther Wilkins Award. Candidates are nominated by their peers, and the winner is selected on the basis of participation in dental hygiene activities and involvement in community or social service organizations.