Dr. Kari Hexem is a general dentist for both adults and children who is committed to patient-centered and trauma informed dentistry. She has spent the past four years building Philadelphia FIGHT’s dental program from the ground up, and is passionate about the work she is doing to improve access to dental care for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk.
As a clinical researcher turned public health dentist, Dr. Hexem has developed a unique perspective when it comes to medical and dental healthcare environments. Influenced by the fields of medical anthropology and palliative medicine, she aspires to lead a dental clinic where her team can bring their best selves to work and provide the highest quality of dental care for their patients.
In addition to her role at FIGHT, Dr. Hexem is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Community Oral Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and is the Co-Course Director of the Dental Practice Management and Dental Public Health courses. Her most recent publication is “Effectiveness of Disease Prevention in Community Health Center Dental Programs” in Current Oral Health Reports, September 2017. Other publications are available here.
In 2017, Dr. Hexem was recognized with the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Emerging Leader Award. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with Honors in Community Oral Health. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology/Biostatistics from Oregon Health Sciences University. She is also a proud alumnus of Reed College, where she received a BA in Cultural Anthropology.
Outside of the office, Dr. Hexem enjoys constructing elaborate Lego creations with her son.