Dr. Nguyen understands that a person’s overall health goes far beyond what most dentists check in the course of a routine dental appointment. Through her years of study, research and advanced training in sleep medicine, she has developed a strong respect for the role that oral health and symptoms play in sudden cardiac death.
Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of Illinois in 1996, and graduated from dental school in 2000, then continued on with her general practice residency in 2001. The general practice residency (GPR) is an intensive post-graduate training program fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program is designed to train the general dentist in the management of medically complex and special needs patients in both outpatient and hospital settings, while increasing knowledge in the practice of dentistry and its various disciplines. While she was in dental school, Dr. Nguyen took part in research and won three awards.
S.C.A.R.F. (Sudden Cardiac-Death Awareness Research Foundation)
Dr. Rubina Nguyen and her husband, Dr. Paul Nguyen (cardiologist) are co-founders of S.C.A.R.F., a non-profit organization committed to reducing sudden cardiac death. Both doctors Nguyen have translated research into meaningful outcome-based care, diagnosing and treating life-threatening conditions and helping to bridge the gap between traditional medicine and dentistry.
As the only dentist in the United States to co-found a medical non-profit (S.C.A.R.F.), Dr. Rubina Nguyen supervises and instructs approximately 30 interns each year in research and education related to cardiac death. She brings this knowledge back to her own practice, helping patients screen for complex medical issues that may have been overlooked.
“The greatest gift in the world is the gift of life. The second is saving someone’s life. The third is the gift of a smile.”
– Dr. Rubina Nguyen
Throughout her life and career, Dr. Nguyen personally experienced how sudden cardiac death affected people she cared about. Her hands-on passion for patient care led her to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a dentist. Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Dental Association®, and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.
Meet Dr. Rubina Nguyen and our sleep dentistry team by contacting Suburban Dental Medicine in Elgin, Illinois at 847-854-3031 to schedule your own private consultation.