For more than 20 years, Dr. Gary Gardner has been helping improve people’s lives by creating beautiful smiles. His wealth of knowledge comes from years of experience in the military, where he practiced orthodontics, and he later trained others for a career within the profession. His professional philosophy involves utilizing patient consultation, combined with individualized treatment options, to create the best possible outcomes.
Education and Training
Dr. Gardner attended Southern Arkansas University and earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1994. He accepted a commission in the US Army Dental Corps at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and attended the advanced education in general dentistry program before serving in Germany as the commander of a remote Army dental clinic.
In 2000, Dr. Gardner was accepted for orthodontic specialty training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. After his residency, he moved back to Ft. Campbell to serve as chief of orthodontics, to provide postgraduate orthodontic education in the same program he had attended nine years earlier.
He practiced and taught there for several years before becoming director of training and clinical orthodontics at the Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program, with the Air Force Postgraduate Dental School in San Antonio. Throughout his career, Dr. Gardner has helped to train numerous orthodontists, all of whom he proudly regards as colleagues.
Dr. Gardner is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Education Association, and AAO Society of Orthodontic Educators. He has authored or coauthored articles in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.