I enjoy my profession as a general dentist. After more than 30 years, I still find my work interesting and rewarding. How many people can say that about their work? Having the opportunity to give someone a smile they can use every day of their life, while enabling them to eat a healthy, nourishing, life-prolonging diet, is something for which I am truly thankful.
I began my practice in 1982 and have worked in Wayne ever since. I love dentistry as a profession because I enjoy working with people. I learn so much from their unique experiences: some are restaurant “foodies” so I get first hand reviews of all the new restaurants on the Main Line, some are into bicycling, so I learn from them what new trails or bike gear is out there. I have a patient who owns two comic book stores, another owns a coin collecting store, and yet another- a garage door business. If they play golf, well we could stay on that topic forever!
What it comes down to is building trusting relationships with the people in my community. It’s why ours is a referral-based practice. Our patients know they’ll receive the best possible treatment from people who genuinely care about their health and well-being.
Education and Continuing Education
I grew up in Bucks County and graduated from Council Rock High School. I completed my undergraduate education at Penn State, graduating with Highest Distinction. Then, I went on to graduate from Temple University Dental School, and was elected into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
One of the most interesting aspects of dentistry is keeping up on the latest tools and technology. As a child, I was always good at model building. I liked intricate, precision things like a watch or a well-made model train set. I have always appreciated “cool gadgets,” and dentistry certainly has lots of cool gadgets and fancy equipment! Over the years, I have attended all avenues of advanced dental education from local study club meetings to international multi-day conferences. Through interaction and collaboration with other dental practitioners around the country, our combined years of experience often lead to new innovations and products in dentistry.
I am a firm believer that you learn something new every day. Learning something new in dentistry not only excites me and makes my life better but it allows me to make my patients lives better as well.
- American Dental Association
- Pennsylvania Dental Association
- Main Line Dental Society
- Temple University Conwell Society
- Penn State Alumni Association Life Member
About my Partner
I am thrilled to now have my son, Dr. Eric S. Gartner, as my partner in the dental practice. Click to learn more about him in his biography.
About the Team
My team at Strafford Dental is exceptional. They are all very intelligent and all have great personalities. Our front desk staff are great; they are warm and welcoming to our patients, but also firm and savvy when working with insurance companies to maximize coverage for our patients. Our hygienists and assistants are highly trained, skilled professionals who, at the same time, are very warm and compassionate individuals who put patients at ease with their calm, friendly demeanor.
Outside the Office
I am passionate about family time. Any opportunity when we can all be together, whether it is a simple meal at home or a week long family vacation is a treasure to me. Since my children have grown their lives have become more complicated and family time together seems more elusive and therefore even more precious.
When I am not working at the office or with my family, I like to play golf in the summer and ski in the winter. I have been president of the Philadelphia Dental Golfing Association for the past ten years and am a member of the Alphorn Ski Club.
In the Community
Being active in my community has always been a “no-brainer” for me. Not only is it simply more fun to live in a close, caring community, it is safer, healthier, and usually less expensive. I have been a member of the Wayne Presbyterian Church Ushers Association for more than 30 years, having also served as a deacon for a period of time. I value the opportunity to volunteer with and contribute to the following organizations: the American Red Cross, Philabundance, Habitat for Humanity, Willistown Conservation Trust, and the Foundation for Great Valley, as well as the other local community programs.
“A smile is the most important thing you can wear.” A smile can start a friendship, impress on a job interview, and brighten someone’s day as well as your own! That, to me, is the most exciting thing about my work! I look forward to welcoming you to our office and brightening your day, and your life, with a smile!