THE DENTIST IS IN: Pacific Dental Services-affiliated Doctors Attend Spear Education Workshop

I walked across the courtyard, past the bubbling fountain, to the doors of the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry. I paused. This place has changed so many dentists and their dental practices. This is the place that has influenced so many dentists to lead their staff to great change, which brought amazing dentistry to all manner of dental patients.

I went in.

For three days, 35 Pacific Dental Services-affiliated doctors took part in a custom-made-for-Pacific-Dental-Services closed door workshop on facially generated treatment planning, by Frank Spear Education at the Scottsdale Center.

I was nervous, excited and anxious. I arrived early on the first day, so I walked around to see the place. I poked into the Experience. I read the brochure on the Winter Lab. I walked through the Mercer Cafe. Upstairs in the Manji board room, the Spear Education staff was having a meeting. The door was open and I could see a focused and animated discussion. They were all preparing and planning. They were all talking about us, the Pacific Dental Services-affiliated doctors coming to the Scottsdale Center. Suddenly, I did not feel so nervous or anxious anymore. Listening to them and their passion for us, I felt inspired to learn what they had to teach us. The faculty at Spear Education love dentistry and care passionately about dentists.

Over the next three days, I was challenged. I got to connect and experience Frank Spear’s Facially Generated Treatment Planning course with fellow PDS-affiliated doctors. I got a chance to talk and interact, laugh and wince (especially when we took photos of each other) with my colleagues. Many times, when one goes to courses like this, you leave with more questions than answers – How am I going to incorporate this into my practice? How is this going to fit? Can I do this? I kept taking the faculty aside and asking them how best I could implement this treatment planning in my own practice. Finally, on the last day, Dr Gary DeWood laid out a plan and I was inspired.

Facially Generated Treatment Planning is a great way to work with all the specialists in my practice. It is a great way to connect the dots with Orthodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Implants, and Restorative Dentistry. It gives me the ability to do things that I did not think were possible in dentistry. Talking to Dr Gregg Kinzer, he said “It’s about doing what you love, and doing it because you love it.” I recognize I have a lot to process, and still a lot to learn, but I was exposed to a way of thinking that was far beyond what I thought a dentist could do.


About the author.

 Dr. Darbro currently practices at Glendora Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics.  He has been practicing dentistry since 1996. He is married and has three children. He enjoys playing music,  studying/teaching the Bible, and vacationing in Hawaii.  Connect with Dr. Darbro via

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About Dr. Matthew Darbro DDS

Dr. Matthew Darbro graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and has been practicing dentistry since 1996. He currently practices in Glendora Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics in Southern California. He has been leading CEREC® CAD/CAM study clubs for over two years in the Southern California area. He has been on the Citrus College Advisory Board for Dental Assisting and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor for Western University of Health Sciences. His passions include CEREC CAD/CAM, creating wellbeing in the dental field, and developing future dental leaders.