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I am a solo practitioner as an employee of my own corporation.  I have been in practice for 33 years. I practiced in Boston, MA for 1 year and in San Diego, CA for 32 years where I practice today.  The scope of my practice includes General dentistry, Orthodontics, Cosmetic, Oral Surgery, Implants and TMJ/TMD dysfunction. I have also been an expert witness since 1984, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. 


Consulting Dentist For:

ABC News “Staying Healthy” reports from 1985 to present

Fox Network News “Children’s Dental Health”

San Diego CW6 News “What Your Teeth Reveal About the Rest of Your Body” (Systemic Disease)

KPBS “TMJ-TMD Temporomandibular Disorders”



Best of San Diego “Best of Award” 2002, 2003

Consumer’s Research Council of America “America’s Top Dentist” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

San Diego Magazine “Top Dentist” 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

U.S. Commerce Association “San Diego Award” 2011



April 2009 - Lecture presented to Dental Program students at San Diego State University on TMJ Dysfunction.

Articles Written

May 2000 - Dentistry Today; Co-authored article entitled, “Interproximal Reduction and Lower Incisor Extraction in Adult Orthodontics”

October 2007 - Dentistry Today; Co-authored article entitled, “Occlusal Change Through Orthodontics in TMD Patients”

May 2008 - San Diego County Chiropractic Bulletin article entitled, “Cervical Myospasm and Its Role as an Etiological Factor in the Development of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction”

July 2012 - San Diego County Chiropractic Bulletin article entitled, “Chiropractors and Dentists Work Together on TMJ”



- State of Massachusetts, License  1980
- State of California, License  1980
- Drug Enforcement Agency, 



University of Vermont, 1972-1976, B.A.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, 1977-1980, D.M.D. 



- San Diego County Dental Society                           - American Dental Association
- California Dental Society                                        - American Orthodontic Society


A. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction     

  • Terry Tanaka, D.D.S., San Diego, California
  • Errol Loder, D.D.S., Long Island, New York
  • Paul Keller, D.D.S., St. Louis, Missouri
  • Don Ralphs, D.D.S., Washington
  • Owen Rogal, D.D.S., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

B. Orthodontics

  • Waldemar Brehm D.D.S., Encinitas, California
  •  Straight Wire Technique, Beginning and Advanced Coursed
  • John Witzig, D.D.S., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Removable and Fixed Appliances
  • World Orthodontic Symposium, San Diego, California
  • American Orthodontic Society (lectures), San Francisco, California
  • Invisalign Premier Provider

C. Dental Implants
               - Tom Golec, D.D.S. 



A.    I have treated over 2,000 patients who have had TMJ dysfunction due to chronic or acute trauma conditions. I have experience with TMJ arthroscopic surgery as an assistant surgeon.

I have testified as an expert witness on many occasions in arbitration as well as in jury trials.  I have experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

I have lectured on TMJ dysfunction to chiropractors and physical therapists with emphasis on the significance of proper early diagnosis and effective therapy techniques.

B.    Solo Practitioner in the San Diego area from 1983 - present

C.    Externship: Six weeks at Rhode Island State Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island; providing free comprehensive dental care to all eligible patients in the state. 
Dr. Steven Hodosh, 145 Whitmarsh Street, Providence, RI 02907

D.     Selective Programs

(a) Oral Surgery; clinical program for exposure to more difficult problems involving infections and facial trauma with special emphasis on difficult extractions of wisdom teeth.

Preceptor: Dr. Chris H. Doku, Department of Oral Surgery 
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Avenue    
Boston, Massachusetts

(b) Clinical Program in Periodontics; exposure to graduate program with assistance in more complicated cases and special emphasis on problems and their solutions.  Three week program.

    Preceptor: Dr. Smulow, Chairman of Periodontics
            Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
            One Kneeland Avenue
            Boston, Massachusetts

(c) Crown and Bridge: additional knowledge and skill gained in more advanced fixed dental. 

Preceptor: Dr. Douglas Riis
Department of Restorative Dentistry
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

(d) Endodontics; additional clinical experience and exposure to the graduate program.  Assistance in more involved and difficult cases with special emphasis on problems and their solutions.

Preceptor: Dr. J. Tenca, Chairman, Department of Endodontics
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

    (e) Hypnosis; lectures on current theories of behavior control and practice in applying techniques derived from these theories in the management of odontophobia and other manifestations of apprehensions associated with the delivery of oral health care.

    Preceptor: Dr. A. Forgione
    Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
    One Kneeland Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts



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