We have been so pleased to work with these three professionals for the 2021 AIDPH Summer Fellowship: Nithya Ramesh, Amrita Tembhe, and Tooka Zokaie. Read their bios below to see what makes them so great!
Nithya Ramesh graduated from Brown University School of Public Health with an MPH degree in 2017 after obtaining a degree in Dental Surgery from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Health Sciences in India and is currently a doctoral student at The Harvard School of Dental Medicine. As a mixed-methods researcher, Nithya has previously published work in the field of oral epidemiology and in shared decision making, and has experience in survey design, program management, curriculum development, and clinical dental research. An employee of The Dartmouth Institute since 2017, she played a pivotal role in the development, execution, evaluation, and improvement of courses offered in the online MPH programs at Dartmouth. Due to her unique background of being a Dentist, an Epidemiologist, and a Public Health Educator, she has served on research teams as a clinician who can analyze as well as communicate healthcare information to populations and stakeholders in various settings. Nithya is also a member of the US Medical Reserve Corps through which she has been actively involved in Covid-19 testing and vaccination efforts in New Hampshire. A scholar in Indian classical dance, Nithya enjoys teaching and performing the art form “Bharatanatyam”.
Amrita Tembhe is a Dental Public Health professional who is a 2021 fellow at the American Institute of Dental Public Health. She is a motivated healthcare professional with clinical, research, and community experience. She is most interested in working towards improving the oral health of the population with the focus on health equity and improving access to oral health care.
Dr. Tembhe completed her residency in Dental Public Health from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India.
Tooka Zokaie is the Manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities at the American Dental Association. She leads the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and the Prevention Subcommittee for the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention in the Government and Public Affairs Division. Her work includes educating community leaders on the latest science and public health benefits of community water fluoridation, tobacco cessation, school-based oral health programs, and nutrition education. Ms. Zokaie provides continued leadership for oral health access at the local level as a Population Health Consultant for the Oral Health Forum in Chicago and assists with evaluating their school-based oral health program development. She serves on the CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force, Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association, and Section on Oral Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her Masters in Public Health from University of California, Davis School of Medicine and Masters in Population Health Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.