Dr. Rubie Rakian is a native of Texas. Her fascination with science from an early age led her to study biology and work as a researcher at the University of Texas. After graduating, Dr. Rakian relocated to Miami Florida where she graduated with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami. Learning the importance of oral health and how it is connected to overall health led her to pursue a career in dental medicine. Subsequently, she returned to San Antonio where she earned her PhD and DDS with distinction in dental education and research from the combined Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Rakian’s studies have resulted in numerous awards including a prestigious F30 National Student Research Award, American Association for Dental Research Fellowship awards, travel awards, as well as peer reviewed publications and abstracts which she presented both nationally and internationally. Dr. Rakian finds it a privilege to serve the local community with their dental and oral health needs. She has volunteered at various local organizations and strongly values the importance of being involved in the community and giving back to society. Dr. Rakian was drawn to University Dental Group because her vision and values are very consistent with their existing culture of delivering quality care based on a genuine concern for patients and a relationship characterized by empathy and respect. Outside the office, Dr. Rakian loves spending time with her family and hanging out with friends. She also enjoys exploring outdoors, traveling, learning about different cultures, and playing with her cats.