Her active student leadership, as well as her student teaching, caught the attention of the administration, which lead to a faculty postition offer as Assistant Clinical Professor just three months after graduation in 1997. Teaching is a passion of Dr. Mangrum. She currently holds faculty positions at both UCSF and UOP Dental Schools. Continuing her involvement in organized dentistry after dental school, she has served as President of the Northern California Academy of General Dentistry and Secretary of the California Academy of General Dentistry. One of the Academy of General Dentistry's missions is to promote continuing dental education.
The academy recognized Dr. Mangrum for meeting the requirements as a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) and later received her Masters in AGD, a very prestigious honor that has been earned by only 88 other dentists in California. In 1999, Dr. Mangrum opened her dental practice in Sonoma from scratch. In 2009, she purchased Petaluma Dental Group. Her personal experience in all dental office positions gives Dr. Mangrum the insight to lead her team; she understands the challenges in each position and is well suited in helping them find solutions to those challenges. In 2011, Dr. Yolanda Mangrum was awarded California's Dentist of the Year by the Academy of General Dentistry for her outstanding achievement in her field.