UW School of Dentistry


Dr. Bea Gandara

Dr. Gandara

Dr. Beatrice Gandara is a 1978 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in Los Angeles, California. She was a general practice resident at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in La Jolla, California from 1978-79, and a staff dentist at the Edward Royal Comprehensive Health Center in Los Angeles for two years following her residency. In 1981-82, Dr. Gandara was a part-time instructor at the USC dental school and associated in a private practice in Anaheim, California. In 1982, she moved to Seattle, Washington to enter the Oral Medicine specialty program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, earning her MSD degree in the field of Oral Medicine in 1985. During her studies, she also completed a National Institute of Aging Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry and an NRSA Fellowship in Salivary Gland Research. She also participated in the Dental Education and Care of the Disabled (DECOD) program in 1985.

In 1987, Dr. Gandara joined the faculty of the University of Washington Department of Oral Medicine. In 1990 she became a Diplomat in the American Board of Oral Medicine, and in 1992-93, participated in a research fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She is currently appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Oral Medicine.

Dr. Gandara’s research interests are saliva as a diagnostic fluid, as well as therapy for salivary disorders. She also dedicates time teaching undergraduate dental students and is Director of the Emergency Clinic at the School of Dentistry. Her patient care responsibilities include oral medicine, urgent care, and geriatric dentistry.

Chelsea Stone, MPH

OEPD Program Coordinator Chelsea StoneChelsea Stone is from the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Issaquah, WA. The 2017-2018 school year is her first as the Program Coordinator for the Office of Educational Partnership and Diversity at the UW School of Dentistry. Graduating from Gonzaga University in 2012 and from Drexel University School of Public Health in 2014, Chelsea decided to continue onto Peace Corps Cambodia as a High School English Teacher. From there, she grew her analytical epidemiology skill at the Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and in Seattle organizing outreach programs for UW Dental students.

Kaeli Heidenreich

OEPD Project Coordinator Kaeli HeidenreichKaeli Heidenreich recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While an undergraduate, Kaeli indulged her interest in Botany and Plant Medicine through her work in research which partly influenced her decision to pursue a career in medicine. She was born and raised in Flint, MI which made national headlines in 2014 due to the Flint Water Crisis. Her personal background has motivated her to pursue a degree in public health as well as her decision to complete a year of service with the AmeriCorps. When at home, she enjoys playing with her two English bulldogs and hitting the slopes with her ski gear.

Bernice Klise

OEPD Project Coordinator Bernice KliseBernice grew up in nearby Bremerton, Washington and after five long years of studying in Eastern Washington, she is happy to have returned to the Seattle area. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Biology and Spanish and is actively pursuing a career in Dentistry.  She spent much of her undergraduate career promoting study abroad programs to under represented groups which inspired her interest in coordinating outreach programs for scholars interested in the health field. Outside of work, Bernice spends most of her time in and around the water and is always excited to try new food. She looks forward to working with the UW School of Dentistry to serve the Washington community.

Erica Qiao

OEPD Project Coordinator Erica QiaoErica is a graduate of the University of Washington-Bothell, where she earned her Bachelor in Biology and minor in Chemistry. She also focused her undergraduate time building teams to implement programs to alleviate social and health inequity in her communities. Erica grew up swimming in the Kirkland Juanita Beach waters, climbing up trees, and running through the endless cornfields in rural China. Through her experiences in both homes, she is pursuing medicine and hopes to focus on alleviating health disparities and serving the underserved communities in Washington. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at her local pet adoption center, trying out new food recipes and spending time with her family and friends.