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Tulsi Patel, RDH, MHA

 Tulsi Patel, RDH, MHA
  • Title: Associate Professor; Director of Health Promotion
  • Office: SOD 1452
  • Phone: 713-486-4399
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Administrative Area(s): Dental Hygiene, Patient Care, Periodontics and Dental Hygiene
  • Education:

    MHA | Pacific University, Hillsboro, Oregon
    BSDH | Pacific University
    BS | The University of Oregon

Associate Professor Tulsi Patel joined UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry in 2016 after practicing and instructing dental hygiene in Oregon. Her previous educational work was completed at Pacific University, where she instructed in clinical dental hygiene, local anesthesia, and restorative clinics. She also supervised students at off-site rotations, working with expanded functions to deliver oral care to underserved populations.

She holds a Master's in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Pacific University, where she helped develop a quality assurance program to be used with axiUm in their dental hygiene clinic. Her capstone project focused on the development of a wellness center using integrated and value-based care.

Her professional activities include membership in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), as well as the Dental Hygiene Educators of Texas (DHET). She is a member of Sigma Phi Alpha, the national dental hygiene honor society, holding alumni membership in the Delta Delta Xi chapter.

She is committed to creating a positive and open learning environment for students. In 2018 AND 2023, she was selected to be the recipient of the Lorna J. Bruning Award, which recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional knowledge and competence towards effective learning. In 2023, she was named as the recipient of the Procter & Gamble Excellence in Teaching Award.