I was born and raised in Dickson City Pennsylvania where I found an interest in medicine at a very early age. While attending Bishop O’Hara High School I was a member of the anatomy/premed club. There I was introduced to medicine and was able to see a variety of fields including Oral Surgery.
As an undergrad at The University of Scranton, I frequently externed at Holy Redeemer Hospital with the Oral Surgery department, increasing my passion in Oral Surgery. I graduated and was awarded the Dr. Bernard Shair Memorial Award from the Scranton Dental Society for scholarship, sportsmanship, humane qualities leadership. I was president of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and a member of Alpha Eplison Delta premedical Honor Society.
I then attended The University of Pennsylvania Dental School. I graduated toward the top of my class Magna Cum Laude and was active in many community projects, research and societies including the Psi Omega Fraternity. I also assisted in teaching gross anatomy during my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years, being promoted to head assistant in my 4th year. After receiving my doctorate, I continued at Penn receiving a certification in Advance Education in General Dentistry before going on to surgical residency.
I continued my Ivy League training in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven Connecticut. I have extensive training in all facets of oral maxillofacial and reconstructive surgery. My training also includes expose to otolaryngology, craniofacial head and neck cancer reconstruction as well as cosmetic surgery. As a specialist in oral surgery, I provide a full range of surgical services to patients in the community. My interests include dental implant reconstruction, facial trauma surgery, and extraction of teeth especially wisdom teeth.
I have been told that I have a warm, gentle manner which compliments my care and concern for all of patients and referring doctors. During my career, I have trained diligently to stay abreast of the latest developments in surgical technology, techniques and advances in the dental sciences, which reflects on my brand new paperless and digital surgical office.
The Gavin Gretzula Smile Foundation
Gavin’s story: On November 12, 2010 our 3 year old son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was a heart wrenching diagnosis and a terrifying time in our lives. The emotional and financial toll it takes on families is profound, especially when you have other children, as we do. Right before our sons diagnosis, Chad had lost his full time job and was working part time, trying to makes ends meet. At this time he decided to fulfill his dream of opening his own practice. If anyone has ever tried to open a small business, you can relate to the stresses it brings to your life and the strain it puts on your family. Then we got the diagnosis. Our little boy had cancer. We have struggled both emotionally and financially in the process of opening our practice and we met so many families that were also struggling financially while going through treatment or helping a family member go through treatment. One evening while discussing the business we were in the process of opening, Chad and I were discussing the struggles that we are facing, and a thought occurred to me that it would be a wonderful way to not only help families in a similar struggle, but also to honor our sons courageous fight against cancer, by starting a foundation in his name.
The purpose of our foundation is to help families that are going through cancer treatment, either for themselves or for a child. We recognize how difficult it is to meet the needs of every family member when you are struggling just to stay afloat. In our several visits to clinic or overnight stays in the hospital, we have met many families that have expressed how difficult it is to manage the care and medical needs of other children or even themselves. Our goal through this foundation is to help families that are in need of oral surgery whether it is a simple extraction, wisdom teeth extractions or an implant being placed, from the initial consultation, through the procedure and after, free of charge.