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Gunbarrel Dental Center practitioners earn prestigious awards


November 20, 2019 | View PDF

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Drs. Gerald Savory DDS and Rachel Barone DDS accepted the honors they earned from the Academy of General Dentistry at the AGD national meeting earlier this year. Dr. Savory completed his Mastership Award and Dr. Barone completed her Fellowship Award.

Following hundreds of hours of continuing education and hands-on courses, and successfully passing rigorous exams, Gunbarrel's Dr. Gerald Savory, DDS, was awarded his Mastership Award and the new owner of the dental practice, Dr. Rachel Barone, DDS, was awarded her Fellowship Award by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Savory is the founder of Gunbarrel Dental Center.

Less than 2% of general dentists in the United States and Canada have the distinction of earning a Mastership Award and only 6% are Fellows of the AGD.

The AGD is a professional association of more than 40,000 general dentists committed to providing high quality dental care and oral health education to the public. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the largest association for general dentists in the world.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 110,400 dental practitioners are general dentists, defined as primary care providers for patients of all ages who are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of oral health needs.

To earn a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), Savory completed more than 1,100 continuing education hours, of which 400 hours consisted of hands-on courses

To be awarded the Fellowship Award, Dr. Barone completed over 500 credit hours of continuing education course work, of which 350 hours were performed hands-on.

Subsequently, both doctors successfully passed exams that are comparable in difficulty to the dental board certification exams. Dentists who have completed this coursework have demonstrated their dedication to learning the most current dental practices and techniques.

Dr. Barone became the new owner of Gunbarrel Dental in January 2019. She and Dr. Savory met four years ago at a continuing education meeting in Chicago. The two dentists found they share a similar appreciation for continuing their dental education in order to provide high quality service and build long-term patient relationships. Their paths crossed several times at professional meetings and eventually, after 42 years at the helm of Gunbarrel Dental Center, Dr. Savory transitioned the ownership of the practice to Dr. Barone.

They were formally presented the AGD awards on July 20, 2019 at the National Academy of General Dentistry national meeting held in Connecticut.

A press release from the AGD announced Dr. Savory's accomplishment and stated, "The Mastership Award is the highest honor available in the AGD and one of the most respected designations in the profession. This accomplishment meets the highest criteria for professional excellence."

Dr. Savory graduated in 1976 from Creighton University School of Dentistry. In addition to being a member of the AGD, Dr. Savory is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the American College of Dentists, the American Equilibration Society, the Boulder/Broomfield County Dental Society and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Barone graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Florida. She is a member of the AGD, the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the Boulder/Broomfield County Dental Society, the American Equilibration Society, and is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

The AGD stated in a press release, "As a recipient of this award, Dr. Barone has joined an elite group of more than 17,080 members of the dental community who understand that great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond the basic requirements."

Gunbarrel Dental Center is located at 5400 Mount Meeker Rd, Gunbarrel. Visit http://www.GunbarrelDental.com for more information.


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