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Marisa Watanabe, DDS, MS

Assistant Professor

College of Dental Medicine

E-Mail: mwatanabe@westernu.edu



American Dental Association

California Dental Association

Tri-County Dental Society

American Association of Women Dentists

California School-Based Health Alliance

National School-Based Healthh Alliance


Dr. Watanabe graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (CAL) with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Cell and Developmental Biology. While at CAL, she was the course director for a course entitled ¿ISSUES, Berkeley Medical Journal¿ for 2.5 years with the last year as co-Editor in Chief. She then attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she attained her M.S. in biological sciences . To remain active in academia, she became a Graduate Student Instructor for 1 year, responsible for organizing and teaching the lab portion of biology to non-biology majors. After completing her Masters, she was awared her D.D.S. from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. For three years, she practiced general dentistry until she transitioned back into academia at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine full-time. She is actively involved in projects, collaborations, and grant-funded opportunities to better serve the community throughout L.A. County and with the Special Olympics. Dr. Watanabe's research focuses on increasing the access to care for underserved populations through implementation of alternative dental clinics such as school-based oral health centers. She is happily married to a fellow CAL alumni who share a home with their shiba inu "Kuma" and pomapoo "Yumi." Go Bears!