Mariela Padilla, DDS, M.Ed

Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Outcomes Assessment

Dr. Mariela Padilla obtained her DDS in 1989 at Universidad de Costa Rica, and in 1998 completed a Residency Program in Orofacial Pain at UCLA. In 2005, she obtained her master’s degree in Education and Curriculum Design in Latin University, and is a Fellow from the Center for Excellence in Teaching of USC. Dr. Padilla started her clinical practice as a general dentist in 1990, and then dedicated herself solely to Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders. She has combined her clinical practice with academics since 1990, as clinical provider, faculty, pedagogical adviser, and educational administrator. Dr. Padilla is dedicated to creating online academic programs and resources and contributes with learning innovation and teaching development.

Dr. Padilla is currently Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Outcomes Assessment, Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry, and Program Director Orofacial Pain, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

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