Pacific Center for Special Care
University of the Pacific
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA is director for the Pacific Center for Special Care, serves as the dental school's director of community oral health and is a professor in the Department of Dental Practice. He is a nationally recognized expert in oral health care for people with developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Glassman is a former president of the Special Care Dentistry Association, an international organization dedicated to improving the oral health of people with special needs. He has participated on many national commissions and contributed to formulating oral health policy including his service on the Institute of Medicine's committee on Oral Health Access to Care.
Hilda Anderson has almost two decades of administrative and information technology experience in the healthcare field. She loves to be involved in community service. She previously worked at UCSF's Schools of Medicine and Dentistry with their Dental Post Baccalaureate Program and in grants administration. She came to University of the Pacific in 2001 and is very excited to join the Pacific Center for Special Care team to reach out to communities and populations in need of dental care.
Maureen Harrington, MPH has almost 20 years of experience as a director of programs and projects in multiple healthcare settings at national, state and local levels. Her expertise includes policy issues related to community engagement, patient-centered care models, access to care issues, cancer control activities, children's health issues, and community organizing. For the past seven years, her focus has been on the hands-on design, implementation and evaluation of the Virtual Dental Home which is a community-based system of care utilizing teledentistry technology to bring care to people with disabilities, frail older adults, rural communities and those without financial resources to access dental care in traditional models. Creative detnal workforce solutions and system changes related to underserved communiteis are areas of expertise as well.
Maysa Namakian MPH has an educational background in mathematics and public health. She has been involved in public health initiatives at an international non-profit organization, a statewide organization, and two California universities. With experience in evaluating homeless patients' dental care, she is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for underserved populations.
Jesse Harrison Noonan's passion for oral health as well as serving people with special healthcare needs brought her to University of the Pacific from Wisconsin. She previously served as a social worker for children with autism for a federal waiver program in Wisconsin, and completed a year of service through Americorps at Native American Health Center where she implemented the Virtual Dental Home in collaboration with the clinic. She looks forward to continuing to assist underserved populations in finding dental services within California.