The Dr. Is In: Creating a rhythm between passions

SAN ANTONIO – Dr. Nikita Ruparel of UT Health San Antonio Dentistry uses music to balance her passions of research and dentistry.

“What keeps me balanced, and a little bit sane, is my interest for music,” Ruparel said.

Ruparel said she came to San Antonio from India to pursue a research career at UT Health San Antonio. It was through UT Health that she discovered her interest for dentistry.

“When I moved to San Antonio and got admitted to UT Health, that’s when I realized there was an opportunity for me to do a dual degree, which is combining my PhD training with the DDS training,” Ruparel said.

Ruparel said that her career doesn’t feel like work. Instead, it provides her purpose.

“UT Dentistry really gave me the opportunity to train in both of those aspects of health care together,” Ruparel said. “It really helped me understand why I was doing what I was doing.”

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