Meet the Doctor
Dr. Mintzer graduated from UC Berkeley with a degrees in Neurobiology & Psychology prior to dental school at UC San Francisco, where he received another bachelors degree in Oral Biology and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. For his dental class (of '88) he was awarded the Community Service and Preventative Dentistry awards. Dr. Mintzer then practiced for six years as a general dentist before specializing at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) Advanced Periodontology Specialty Clinic. Approximately half of his 3 year training there involved the diagnosis and placement of dental implants. He is currently one of only 3 board-certified specialists in Santa Barbara county and has since returned to USC to hold the position of clinical assistant professor/adjunct faculty, where he worked for 13 years, teaching treatment planning and surgery to the periodontal residents. He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Western Society of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration...
Dr. Mintzer treats periodontal problems, places dental implants and provides support services for dental implants. His office employs hygienists trained to maintain dental implants. He uses and teaches the use of 3-dimensional imaging, conventional and microscopic surgical techniques to restore whole, functional and esthetic smiles. Dr. Mintzer's office strives to provide quality, ultra-modern care in a comfortable and patient-centered practice. Office hours are Monday to Thursday by appointment. Teaching or guest lecturing on Fridays.
What is a Diplomate? Refer to https://abperio.org/what-is-a-diplomate
A Diplomate is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and who is certified by the American Board of Periodontology.
To be educationally qualified for Board certification requires:
- Certification as a dentist, including basic college education and completion of dental school to earn the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree and;
- Certification as a periodontist after successful completion of an educational program in Periodontology, which is accredited by Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
- Comprehensive qualifying and oral examination covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants.
- Recertification every six years.
Dr. Mintzer is married and has two children; Ryan (19) and Ally (17). His wife, Kathy, is a psychotherapist in her own private practice and is active in a number of groups like Ice in Paradise, National Charity League, and the American Association of University Women. Born in Boston, Dr. Mintzer has lived in California since age 3 and is a life member of the Sierra Club. He enjoys the outdoors, environmental causes and his Nissan Leaf. He was an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 26. His son is a 12th grader at Dos Pueblos and plays with the tennis team and his daughter is a 11th grader at Dos Pueblos and plays volleyball. They're both in in the Engineering Academy and have both represented the county in the state competition at the California State Mathcounts Championship. He's very hands-on and extremely proud of them! They also have a small, rescue dog named Nicki who's very protective of the pack.
The Mintzer family (Roy, Kathy, Ryan & Ally)
The doc at one of his favorite haunts (guess the location!):
Now, 7 years later, a few more gray hairs. June 2016.