Tatyana Straus, DMD, MBE

FIGHT Family Dentistry

Dental Director

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Dr. Tatyana Straus is a general dentist who believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their smile. Dr. Straus is passionate about providing trauma-informed care and helping patients overcome dental anxiety: “I love changing people’s perception of dentistry and helping them overcome their reservations about seeking treatment. I want people feel respected, attended to, and empowered to take care of their oral health.”

In addition to her role at FIGHT, Dr. Straus is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Community Oral Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. At Penn, she teaches ethics, behavioral health, practice management, and public health curriculum.

Dr. Straus graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She also holds a Masters in Biomedical Ethics from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Straus received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, double-majoring in Psychology and Biology with specialization in Neuroscience. Additionally, Dr. Straus has completed post-graduation training through the Penn Program in Clinical Conflict Management as well as the ACTION Fellowship with The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Straus’s professional interests include: health disparities in urban communities; ethics and professional obligations of healthcare providers; mediation and conflict resolution; early access to dental care for children; and people facing discrimination and stigma in healthcare settings.

Outside of the office, Dr. Straus enjoys hiking with her kids, exploring new restaurants with her husband, and reading a good book on a rainy day.

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