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Office of Regional Affairs


The Office of Regional Affairs oversees dental programs that engage communities outside of the UW campus. We foster regional and global collaborations and seek resources to support students, researchers, and community stakeholders in a wide range of oral health programs. We especially value opportunities to conduct research with regional and global collaborators, reach underserved communities with clinical care, engage youth in exploring health professions, and expose dental trainees to a variety of practice models/patient populations.

Support Community Dentistry and RIDE Expansion

Program Contacts

Office of Regional Affairs Contacts

Frank Roberts

Frank Roberts, DDS, PhD
Associate Dean


Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant
Director of Operations


Virginia Plata

Virginia Plata
Grant and Fiscal Operations


Alicia Aahl

Alicia Aahl
Program Coordinator


Ana Lucia Seminario, DDS

Ana Lucia Seminario, DDS, PhD
DeRouen Center Director


Sara Stanley

Sara Stanley, MPH
DeRouen Center Program Manager

Amy Kim, DDS

Amy Kim, DDS
OEP Director


Sarah Lynch

Sarah Lynch
OEP Program Manager


Autumn Tsosie

Autumn Tsosie
OEP Program Assistant


Natasha Flake, DDS, PhD MSD

Natasha Flake, DDS, PhD, MSD
RIDE Associate Director


Sarah Kosnoff

Sarah Kosnoff

RIDE Program Operations and SOD Affiliation Agreements



Sangeetha Nedunchezhian, DDS
RIDE Restorative Dentistry Faculty Liaison


Mary Krempasky Smith

Mary Krempasky Smith, DDS
RIDE Regional Clinical Director and RIDE Faculty


Rachel Greene, DDS

Rachel Greene, DDS
SLR Clinical Director


Jen Albrecht

Jen Albrecht
SLR Program Operations Manager


Erika Barnes

Erika Barnes
SLR Program Operations



Regional Initiatives in Dental Education

RIDE Students

The RIDE program is a specific educational track of the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) DDS programs that train dentists to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region.


DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health

DeRouen Staff

The Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health at the UW School of Dentistry aims to improve quality of life by promoting collaboration and inclusivity in oral and craniofacial research that impacts global health.

DeRouen Center

Office of Educational Partnerships

OEP Students

OEP coordinates outreach programs to improve the oral health of underserved communities directly through working with our dental student’s volunteer service, and through our pathway programs.


Service Learning Rotation

SLR Student

In the SLR program at the UWSOD all 4th year dental students serve for at least 5 weeks in a community dental clinic delivering dental care to patients in need.

Service Learning

Rural and Underserved Opportunities Program

RUOP Students

The four-week summer RUOP program gives students pre-clinical training opportunities at underserved community dental clinic sites.



RIDE Addresses Oral Health Disparities in Washington- Rural Health Information Hub

Rural Health Information Hub published an updated article about RIDE and the impact we make in Washington state. Rural Health Information Hub

Rooted in Care RIDE Program Boosts Rural Dental Health

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RIDE program is creating a pipeline of providers dedicated to working in rural and underserved communities. Read more at Insight Into Diversity.

Journal of the Michigan Dental Association RIDE article-

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RIDE Regional Clinical Director and Faculty Mary K. Smith had the chance to write an article about the background, development, and success of the RIDE program. Check it out in the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. Journal of the Michigan Dental Association

RIDE Student Joins Family Health Center in Wenatchee

Jared Oritz, a UW fourth year DDS candidate will join the Family Health Center in Wenatchee, WA for his RIDE rotation. Read more in the Wenatchee Business Journal.

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