Brought up in Alief, Dr. Nawaz first discovered her love for dentistry as a dental assistant while attending the University of Houston, where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology with high honors. While serving in refugee clinics, she witnessed firsthand the impact dentistry had in underprivileged areas without access to care. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. At UTSD, Dr. Nawaz had experience with various dental disciplines including oral surgery, fixed and removable prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, treatment planning, pediatrics, and restorative dentistry. Dr. Nawaz is passionate about providing patient-centered care and delivering treatment supported by evidence-based dentistry.