Dr. Eric earned an AA from Eastern Arizona College. He also holds a BA in economics, with honors in Spanish, from the University of Arizona, and an MA in English from Northern Arizona University. He graduated in 1985 from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific (San Francisco), and was a dental polyclinic resident at the Centre Hopitalier Universitaire Vaudois, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Eric speaks Spanish and French.
In private practice in Safford since 1987, Dr. Eric is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) and an adjunct associate professor in the Dugoni School’s Department of Dental Practice. He is past president of both the American Association of Dental Editors and the American Academy of the History of Dentistry, and a past member of the American Dental Association’s Council on Communications. He is currently editor of the journal of the Arizona Dental Association and associate editor for the Academy of General Dentistry. He is past president of the Arizona Academy of General Dentistry. He was awarded the AGD’s Lifelong Learning and Service Award in 2007.
Author of four books and more than 450 articles, Dr. Eric received the Hayden-Harris Award from the American Academy of the History of Dentistry, the Medallion of Distinction from University of the Pacific, and the American Dental Association’s Distinguished Editor Award. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists. He was also elected to fellowship in the International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Eric was named Dentist of the Year by the Arizona Dental Association in both 1999 and 2004.
Dr. Eric was the attending dentist for the 2012 Mainpat Multidisciplinary Global Leaning Project, College of Health and Human Services, Northern Arizona University, Mainpat, India. He is a former member of the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners and currently serves as a chief examiner with the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) dental licensing examination agency.
Question: What is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry?
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is an organization of dentists dedicated to continuing education. To attain mastership in the AGD, a dentist must first become an AGD Fellow, earning a minimum of 500 hours of approved continuing dental education and passing a comprehensive 400-question examination. To attain Mastership, a dentist must take an additional 600 approved hours of continuing education across 16 dental disciplines, such as oral surgery, periodontics, and implants, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses. (So a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry has logged a total of at least 1,100 hours of documented continuing education.) Dr. Eric earned AGD Mastership in 1995 and currently takes more than 100 hours of continuing education each year.
Fun facts: Dr. Eric earned a certificate in nature illustration from the Art Institute of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. He holds an Italian government certification as a pizzaiolo (pizza chef). He has taught English and speech communications at Eastern Arizona College.