Meet James T. Wolf, DDS, M.A.G.D.
Each day that I come to work, I am excited by the opportunities to improve people’s lives through my dental profession. Dentistry has given me the ability to make positive changes to a person’s health by providing dental care in a compassionate and comfortable environment. My staff and I consider it a privilege and blessing to be able to establish long-lasting and meaningful relationships with our patients.
I graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1979. After working for a number of years in adult and pediatric intensive care units, I entered the University of Detroit, where I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1986.
After graduation, I pursued additional post-graduate education by participating in a hospital dental residency program at the University of Chicago Hospital. During this time, I gained additional experience in the areas of oral surgery, periodontal (gum) therapy, endodontics (root canals), and prosthodontics (crowns, bridges, and dentures). After completing my residency at the University of Chicago, I was chosen to be the Chief Dental Resident at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In addition to practicing general dentistry and supervising first year dental residents, I was responsible for the treatment of patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
I am a graduate of the Midwest Implant Institute and have been awarded my Mastership award in the Academy of General Dentistry. I am presently pursuing continuing education through the Academy of General Dentistry, necessary for the prestigious Life Long Learning and Service Recognition Award. These awards demonstrate my ongoing commitment to continuing education that will enable me to deliver the highest quality dental care to my patients
I am given further opportunities to keep current with the latest advances in my profession by holding active membership in the following:
- The Michigan Dental Association
- The American Dental Association
- The Christian Dental Society
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The Michigan Academy of General Dentistry
In the Community
It is important for me to stay actively involved in and give back to my community. I am an active member of the Alpena Rotary Club. I am a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow and the recipient of the Rotary International District 6310 Governor’s Service Award. I have also been given the Award of Merit for Outstanding Service to Youth by the Thunderhead District of the Boy Scouts of America.
I take special pleasure in working with my church youth group and am presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics. I hold a black belt in judo and am a life member of the United States Judo Federation. I enjoy instructing adults and youth of our community in this sport.
My Commitment to You
When you make the decision to come to us for your dental healthcare, you will find a team of caring and friendly people who are dedicated to you and your well-being. Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to meeting you in the future.
Fellows and Masters of the Academy of General Dentistry
The Fellowship and Mastership designations are two of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today. A general dentist who is a “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and example to other dentists of the importance of quality continuing dental education to patient care. A general dentist who has earned the designation “Master” of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) has completed a structured and demanding set of requirements involving all the dental disciplines.
The Academy of General Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world’s second largest dental association.
To earn a Fellowship Award, a dentist must earn a minimum of 500 approved continuing dental education credits and pass a comprehensive 400-question examination. The dentist is required to be an AGD member for three continuous years. While attaining Fellowship is a challenge, it allows dentists to remain current with what is new in dentistry, and to incorporate the latest research techniques into their practices.
To attain Mastership, members must first be Fellows in the AGD. Then dentists must earn an additional 600 approved continuing education credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses. Thus, a Master of the AGD has taken a total of 1,100 hours of continuing education. A Master has studied 16 disciplines in dentistry, such as periodontics, orthodontics and implants.
How FAGD or MAGD Benefits Patients
Fellows and Masters of the AGD follow a lifelong pursuit of continuing education to provide the highest quality of dental care to patients. The award symbolizes the professional responsibility of general dentists to remain current in their profession and reminds each member of the dental profession to continue to learn new techniques for their dental practice. These are awards, however, and should not be confused with post-graduate degrees or certification. Every dentist who applies for the Fellowship or Mastership Award has their application reviewed by the AGD Council on Dental Education to assure that the high standards of the AGD are met.
When a dentist has achieved the Fellowship or Mastership Award, patients can be assured that their dentist is dedicated to providing the finest care in general dentistry.