Network Leadership

Staff and Faculty

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Rahma Mungia, BDS, MSc, DDPHRCS

Director 

Rahma Mungia, is co-director of the South Texas Oral Health Network, as well as Clinical Coordinator for the South Central Area Health Education Center and Assistant Professor in the UTHSCSA Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She oversees all STOHN research and infrastructure activities. Her primary interest is in dental public health, especially tobacco cessation. She has also completed research on the effects of lead exposure in young children. Rahma is married with two children and enjoys living in the country.

Rahma can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 562-5685

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Thomas Oates, DMD, PhD

Co-Director

Dr. Oates received his D.M.D degree and completed a general practice residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. In 1994 he received a PhD degree in Biochemistry and a Certificate in Periodontology from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Oates currently serves the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School as Assistant Dean for Clinical Research, and the Department of Periodontics as Professor and Vice Chair. His research interests have included clinical trials in implantology, the use of BMPs in maxillary sinus grafting, and the association between oral health and systemic disease, with current efforts directed toward patients with diabetes mellitus.

Dr. Oates can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 567-3590

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Melanie Taverna, MS, RDH

Assistant Director 

Ms. Taverna is an Assistant Professor/Clinical Faculty in the Division of Dental Hygiene, Dept. of Periodontics, School of Dentistry; as well as Program Director of the Dental Hygiene Online Graduate Programs. Melanie Taverna has been in practice since 1999 and at UTHSCSA since 2010. She teaches all three levels of the  Division of Dental Hygiene Program. Her goal is to increase the quantity and variety of dental hygiene research opportunities for graduate dental hygiene students. Currently, she serves as the Secretary of the Community Liaison Committee which brings State and local public health partners together with the Division of Dental Hygiene to better serve the public and students.

Melanie can be reached by E-mail

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Sandra K. Burge, PhD

Dr. Burge is the Director of the PBRN Resource Center and also serves as the Director of the Residency Research Network (RRNeT). Dr. Burge is a social scientist and professor with tenure in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. For more than 20 years, Dr. Burge has taught behavioral science to family medicine residents, focusing on doctor-patient communication, health behavior change, and community-oriented health promotion. The Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT)is a group of ten family medicine residency programs located in nine cities, including two on the Texas-Mexico border.

Dr. Burge can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 358-3885

 

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Elisabeth De La Rosa, MS

Elisabeth is currently the Project Coordinator of the PBRN Resource Center. Ms. De la Rosa is responsible for pursuing and maintaining relationships with community partners in the South Texas. In addition, she provides administrative and technical support to the Community Engagement team. As part of the Community Engagement team, Ms. De la Rosa has worked alongside various IIMS community partners to help develop, implement, and evaluate various research projects which addressed community health concerns such as diabetes, environmental health, teen pregnancy, and suicide. 

Elisabeth can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 562-5651

 

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Monica Castillo, BA

Monica is Network coordinator for STOHN. Ms. Castillo graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in BioChemistry. Her focus is international health and wellness, started by her Medical and Dental aid trips aborad. For the STOHN network Ms. Castillo maintains communication and relationships with the practitioners in the network as well as aid in education, training, and reserach. 

Monica can be reached by Email or by calling (210) 562-5652

 

Board of Directors

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Peggy Alexander, DDS
Clinical Professor, Periodontics

Dr.Peggy Alexander can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 567-3361

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James Bone, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Dentistry

Dr.James Bone can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 393-3237

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Jennifer Bone, DDS
 

Jennifer Bone, DDS can be reached by E-mail or by calling phone#

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Cheryl Davis, MS, DMD

Dr. Cheryl Davis, MS, DMD is currently the owner of Cheryl E. Davis, DMD, Family Dentistry located in historic Ellis Alley Enclave. She received her MS in Environmental Toxicology at Prairie View A&M University and her DMD at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL. She has served as a General Dental Officer in the USAF, Associate Dentist in private practice, Adjunct Professor of General Biology at Northwest Vista Community College and a Contract Dentist for the Correctional Health Care Services/Bexar County Jail. She has a diverse background in research involving HIV, Strep Mutans and Environmental Toxicology which has taught her to think outside of the box when faced with challenging dental treatment. Her current research interests include the effects of diabetes and HIV/AIDs in the oral dentition.

Dr. Davis can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 212-8707

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Kevin Donly DDS, MS

Dr. Kevin Donly currently serves as Professor, Chair and Postdoctoral Director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He received his DDS in 1984, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 1986 and MS in 1986 from the University of Iowa. He has published over 250 chapters, manuscripts and abstracts associated with pediatric dentistry and dental restorative materials research and clinical utilization. Presently, he is a principal investigator on a Program Project sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Dr. Davis can be reached by E-mail or by calling (210) 567-3538