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 (USC) Advanced Periodontology Specialty Clinic. Approximately half of his 3 year training there involved the diagnosis and placement of dental implants. He is one of two board-certified specialists practicing in Santa Barbara county and 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, 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.
Approximately half of Heathcare Specialists are Diplomates: 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 (20) and Ally (19) at UC colleges. 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 electric cars. He was an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 26. 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, and yes, the doc actually slept on the top if it!):
Now, 7 years later, a few more gray hairs. June 2016.