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Beatriz Hicks M.A., RDH

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Beatriz Hicks is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine. She received her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has 27 years of teaching experience.

She has extensive research experience as a Co-Principal Investigator for the Geriatric Dental Hygiene Education component of a federally-funded grant (including experience with a supplemental grant), for the South, West & Central Consortium Geriatric Education Center of Texas, in collaboration with the Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health. Her experience with these grants allowed her the opportunity to train dental hygiene students in geriatric assessments and in the delivery of oral health services in long term care facilities. In addition, she was able to develop Geriatric courses at the Master’s level.

She was also the Project Coordinator of a federally funded grant given by the US. DHHS Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Office of Head Start, the program was titled “Oral Health Initiative Project.” This grant was in collaboration with the UT Health Science Center Department of Dental Hygiene, the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health, Dental Division and Parent Child Incorporated. The preventive oral health project included the development of a Head Start program in San Antonio to provide Head Start children with limited dental screenings and follow-up services for children at risk with urgent dental needs. The grant created a fluoride varnish program that include student rotations for dental and dental hygiene students who provide preventative services to Head Start children.

Her interests include oral health across the lifespan. She regularly gives professional and community-based presentations on topics such as pediatrics, Head Start, geriatrics, veterinary oral health, and nutrition. She is a member of Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Society and the treasurer of the Beta Sigma Chapter. She is also a member of Alpha Eta Society an honor society dedicated to the service of Allied Health Professionals.

Selected Publications

Galicki,Nina; Hicks, Beatriz; Nguyen,Carol; Valentic,Bree; Waapes,Brittany. Online Training for Nursing Staff to Improve the Oral Health Quality of Senior Residents American Dental Hygienist Association Access Journal 2016 Aug;:12-13.

Delgado AM, Prihoda TJ, Nguyen CA, Hicks BM, Smiley LA, Taverna MV. Professional Caregivers Oral Care Practices and Beliefs for Elderly Clients Aging in Place Journal of Dental Hygiene 2016 Aug;90(4):244-248.

Courtney E. Vannah, MS, IPDH; Martha McComas, RDH, MS; Melanie Taverna, MS, RDH; Beatriz Hicks, MA, RDH; Rebecca Wright, MS, RDH. Educational Deficiencies Recognized by Independent Practice Dental Hygienists and their Suggestions for Change Journal of Dental Hygiene 2014 Dec;88:373-379.

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Periodontics 

Community Course Director 


M.A., Adult Higher Education, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1992

B.S., Allied Health Education, Incarnate Word College, 1988

Certificate, Dental Hygiene, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1986


Phone: (210) 567-3825