by Marlene Bettencourt

Lauren is Executive Administrator of the Beyond Faces Foundation. She obtained and maintains the nonprofit's 501(c)3 tax-exemption status as well as originates and continues to develop the Foundation's print resources and virtual presence. She is an instructor of periodontics and dental hygiene at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Teaching further informs the relationship she has with her patients as a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice (RDHAP). Lauren is credentialed to treat patients at all California Pacific Medical Center campuses. She uses her hospital privileges to participate in hospital dentistry and develop educational resources by utilizing her unique background.

Prior to obtaining a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from University of the Pacific, Lauren earned B.A. degrees in both Journalism and Industrial Arts, with emphases in print and digital media, from San Francisco State University. She has served on the editorial board for the first International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist, and worked for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation in Oakland, with the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy in Foster City, participated in clinical research, and continues to indulge in freelance projects.

Her journey thus far has made one thing abundantly clear: it is of paramount importance that people are good to themselves, and mindful of what is around them because how people are treated matters. People do not move on from an experience, they move on with an experience. An event accompanies a person throughout life as they are forever impacted by or changed because of it, which is why it is critical to create healthy experiences for ourselves and each other. It is her belief that the success of our environment is integral to our own success, which is why she strives to foster integrity, empathy, and respect by practicing those qualities personally and professionally. The Beyond Faces Foundation exemplifies this endeavor.