Dr. Luce joined The University of Oklahoma in 2015 as an assistant professor. She obtained a D.D.S. degree in 2001, and completed a residency in Periodontics in 2005, both at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She practiced as a periodontist in private practice for 4 years, and in Indian Health Service for 6 years before entering academics. She also has private practice and public health experience as a dental hygienist. Currently, Dr. Luce is pursuing a Masters in Public Health, and her primary scholarly focuses are communtiy dentistry and interprofessional education.
Karen Luce, DDS, MS
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center combines interprofessional education (IPE) with comprehensive care to patients with complex medical and dental needs at a non-profit community clinic for the underserved or uninsured population of central Oklahoma. Team-based care is delivered to both medical and dental patients. Our previous models have not allowed collaboration among students of different disciplines. In one model, dental/dental hygiene students were siloed within clinics, treating dental patients exclusively, and interacted infrequently with students of other professions.…