RDH, BSDH, MHPE
Ms. Platt serves as the Department of Dental Public Health’s Standardized Patient program manager. As such, she interfaces with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year professionals’ didactic courses which house the Standardized Patient experiences. Ms. Platt functions as clinical coordinator for the 1st and 2nd year professionals’ preventive clinical experiences within the Department of Restorative Dentistry. In so doing, she oversees the students’ clinical skills preparation and performance along with coordinating the faculty calibration for the respective clinics.
In 1969, she graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree at Columbia University in Dental Hygiene Education. During her graduate years at the University of Arizona, while studying nutrition and food science, Ms. Platt operated as a National Health Service Corps Public Health Dental Hygienist, Dental Health Educator for the Tucson Unified School District, and dental terminology educator for Tucson Medical Center’s medical personnel.
Upon her return to the Pittsburgh area in 1989, Ms. Platt continued to expand her scope of practice. Upon graduating from Robert Morris’ Allied Health Office Management certification program, she applied her administrative skills in an Oral Maxillofacial practice and at The Dental Center at UPMC Braddock. She served as a working office manager in the Oral Maxillofacial practice in that she chairside assisted during surgeries; performed dental hygiene procedures; ran the billing department. At The Dental Center of UPMC Braddock, Ms. Platt was recruited by the hospital’s CEO to design, staff, and run the clinic. She was designated as Co-Director of Outpatient Dental Health Services. Her passion for integrating the domains of public health and education were realized when she completed her master’s training in health promotion and education. Ms. Platt arrived at The School of Dental Medicine in 1998, and aside from her present designations, she has served as Clinical Faculty and Course Director in the Dental Hygiene Program along with that of Research Dental Hygienist in Oral Biology.