Joseph M. Gerlecz, DDS, MAGD
Dr. Gerlecz received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He and his wife Ellen have three children: Mary Katharine, Mark, and Sarah Beth. They also have three grandchildren: Benjamin, Frank, and Leo.
Since graduation from dental school, Dr. Gerlecz has been passionate about providing a very high level of care for his patients through the art and science of dentistry. To keep current with the advances in the profession, Dr. Gerlecz has been committed to being a life-long student, seeking out quality continuing educational programs, completing many more hours of training each year than is required to maintain licensure in the state of Florida. Below is a list of the professional organizations and academies that Dr. Gerlecz is involved with including the educational requirements and some information about each organization:
ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY (MASTER)
The Academy of General Dentistry is an organization that emphasizes excellence in dentistry through continuing education. To attain Mastership in the academy, a dentist must first become a Fellow. The requirements for Fellowship are a minimum of 500 hours of continuing education and a passing score on the Fellowship exam. This 400 question exam is comprehensive, covering all dental disciplines. After attaining Fellowship, a dentist must then complete an additional 600 hours of approved continuing education, 400 of which must be "hands-on." Thus a Master in the AGD has taken a total of 1,100 hours of continuing education. A Master has studied 16 disciplines in dentistry, such as periodontics, orthodontics, and implant dentistry.
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ORAL IMPLANTOLOGISTS (FELLOW)
The ICOI is devoted to providing implant education to the entire dental team to better serve it's patients. It is the world's largest dental implant organization and is also the world's largest provider of continuing dental education. To become a Fellow in the ICOI, a dentist must provide a listing of 20 completed implant cases and provide documentation of completion of a minimum of 75 hours of implant education in the preceeding five years. Dr. Gerlecz has completed over 200 hours of dental implant education. He completed 125 hours of lecture and participation through the Misch International Implant Institute and Temple University School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Gerlecz took patients to Temple University in Philadelphia and performed several implant surgeries and bone grafting procedures under the supervision of the faculty and observation of other dentists attending these sessions. Dr. Gerlecz continues to pursue educational opportunities in this rapidly advancing discipline.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF DENTISTS (FELLOW)
The American College is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists. It is often referred to as the "Conscience of the Profession". It's vision is to be the leader in the advancement of excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry. Membership is by invitation only. About 3.5% of dentists are Fellows of the ACD. Selection is accomplished using a confidential peer review process that evaluates each candidate for leadership and contributions to dentistry and society. Dr. Gerlecz periodically assists in presenting programs in dental ethics to dental students and those in residency programs in the state of Florida.
FLORIDA PROSTHODONTIC STUDY GROUP (MEMBER)
The Florida Proshodontic Study Group was originally a group of twenty dentists from Florida who shared a similar philosophy of patient care and a passion for learning. All of the original members had attended the "Concept of Complete Dentistry" courses taught by Dr. Peter Dawson and most had been through the continuum of study at the L.D. Pankey Insitute. Dr. Dawson is a master in the profession of dentistry both as a clinician and educator. His practice was a referral practice in St. Petersburg, Florida. Patients from all over the world sought out his expertise. Many dentists referred their most complex cases to Dr. Dawson. Two of his younger partners wanted to form a group of like-minded dentists that could bring in the top educators in the field of dentistry to address the group. They asked Dr. Dawson to be a part of the group. He encouraged this new generation of dentists to start something for themselves; thus, the Florida Prosthodontic Study group was established. The group meets two times per year and brings in the finest educators from the U.S. and abroad.
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DENTAL PRACTICE ADMINISTRATION (MEMBER)
AADPA is made up of dentists from the U.S. and Canada. It's mission is "to become the most valued organization in practice administration, enriching the lives of our members and those we serve, by creating an environment, which uniquely facilitates fellowship, the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and professional growth."
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION (MEMBER)
The ADA turns 150 years old this year (2009). With 157,000 members, the ADA represents more than 70 percent of U.S. dentists, making it the world's largest and oldest national dental association. It is America's leading advocate for oral health.
FLORIDA DENTAL ASSOCIATION (MEMBER)
The FDA is a statewide, professional membership organization representing Florida-licensed dentists.
BAY COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY (MEMBER, PAST PRESIDENT)
This is our local dental society. Dr. Gerlecz has served in all offices of the dental society.