Spear Education Announces Key Organizational Changes

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Spear Education, a leading provider of dental education, is delighted to announce key organizational changes that align with the organization’s commitment to educational excellence and providing an outstanding customer experience to the dental community.

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Dr. Gregg Kinzer, a distinguished dental professional and long-time Spear resident faculty member, has been appointed to the role of faculty chair and chief curriculum and campus education officer. In this capacity, Kinzer will lead the development of Spear’s curriculum for online, virtual, and in-person courses, seminars, and workshops.

Simultaneously, Spear proudly appoints Dr. Steve Ratcliff as the chief dental officer. He will oversee the faculty, visiting faculty, and an internal team, with a focus on expanding Spear’s on-campus workshops and seminars and enhancing the overall campus experience. This initiative aims to create an environment where innovation and collaboration thrive, allowing the community to stay at the forefront of advancements in dentistry.

These developments not only underscore the organization’s commitment to education but also bring Spear closer to achieving its campus expansion goals. Spear Education remains steadfast in its dedication to providing the highest quality dental education, ensuring that all its members receive unparalleled support and expertise. These changes are a testament to Spear’s commitment to evolving and adapting to the dynamic needs of the dental community while maintaining its core values of excellence and innovation.

Dr. Kinzer taught with Frank Spear, DDS, MSD, at the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education from 1998 to 2009 before joining Spear as a resident faculty member. He received his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 1995 and an MSD and certificate in prosthodontics in 1998. He is a highly respected nationally and internationally recognized dental educator.

Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Ratcliff served as the executive vice president of business development for Spear Education and has been a resident faculty member since 2009. With 41 years of general dentistry practice, he has focused on comprehensive adult restorative care for the past 25 years. Dr. Ratcliff has lectured internationally on interdisciplinary care, esthetics, implant, and restorative dentistry and optimizing the patient experience.

Dr. Ratcliff earned his DDS from Case Western Reserve University in 1978 and an MS in adult education at the University of Wyoming in 2008.

About Spear Education

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spear empowers dentists and their teams to achieve unparalleled standards of Great Dentistry. Our comprehensive range of in-person and online educational programs, coupled with cutting-edge practice management resources, equips dental practices to deliver exceptional patient care and find fulfillment in their work. Boasting a vibrant community of more than 18,000 members and over 700 Study Groups, Spear offers access to a myriad of engaging continuing education courses. Taught by industry-leading faculty, these courses solidify Spear’s position as the leader in dental education and practice management solutions.

For more information, visit speareducation.com.