Dr. Poornima Mensinkai was born in Bangalore, India. She graduated with her Bachelor's in Dental Surgery from Karnataka University, India in 2000. She graduated with her MS in 2011 and PhD in 2017 from Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UT Health San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Mensinkai is currently a Full-time Clinical Assistant Professor with Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. Dr. Mensinkai completed her Teaching excellence course in 2011 and Entering mentoring in 2017. She teaches Dental Anatomy to freshmen and Operative Dentistry to sophomores. She is passionate about training International dentists aspiring to make a career in US and is the Director for Hand Skill CE course at Smile UTHSCSA. Dr. Mensinkai is on the admission committee for DDS and International Dentist Education Program. She serves on dental education outreach committee and DECO Task force for Screening. She is a member of Indian Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, International American Dental Research.