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School of Dental Medicine

Gina Terenzi

Associate Professor

Gina Terenzi

Gina Terenzi

Associate Professor

Phone 617-636-4067
1 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111
Biography: 

Dr. Gina M. Terenzi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Service at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine. She is the Director of the General Practice Residency in Dentistry and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Programs. She works in association with the Division for Special Care within the Department of Public Health as a staff dentist, treating patients with special needs both in the field and in the operating room.

As a function of her educational and clinical roles at Tufts, she is an Active Staff Member at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, and Franciscan Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Brighton.

Dr. Terenzi is currently involved in Health Resources and Services Administration federal grant funded initiatives as the Principle Investigator for two current grant cycles. The first of the two grants focuses on integration of technology in the advanced training of post graduate residents in primary general dentistry. The second of the two grants focuses on the development and integration of an accredited Advanced Education in General Dentistry training program at Tufts University and enhancing existing General Practice experiences. The main goals of both grants are to increase access to care for patients at risk, including patients with special needs as well as provide an increase in dental workforce for improving access to oral healthcare.

Dr. Terenzi received both her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Boston University. She received a post graduate Certificate in General Practice Residency in Dentistry at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut as well as a second year chief Certificate in General Practice Residency at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Prior to her arrival at Tufts Dental School, Gina practiced in Hartford, CT at the Hospital Dental Associates for Hartford Hospital where she was a staff member. During this time she taught at the St. Francis General Practice Residency Program as attending faculty and staff at the hospital. Affiliate staff memberships included Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford.

Publications include a Chapter for Management of Fear and Anxiety for the Special Needs Patient in ‘Fear and Anxiety Management’, Blackwell 2010. Dr. Terenzi has also been the mentor for her Advanced General Dentistry Residents for presentations in clinical research for the TUSDM Bates Andrews Research day as well as presentations at annual Special Care in Dentistry conferences.

Dr. Terenzi is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, The Special Care Organization and the New England Rural Health Organization.

Education: 
Chief Resident, General Practice Residency in Dentistry, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, 1993
General Practice Residency in Dentistry, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford CT, 1992
D.M.D., Boston University, 1991
B.A., Boston University, 1986
Professional Experience: 
2014-Present:

State of Massachusetts Expert Witness, Committee for Public Counsel Services, 

2011-Present:

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

2010-Present:

Director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Tufts School of Dental Medicine

2006-Present:

General Practice, B. Central Dental Associates, Boston, MA

2001-Present:

Active Staff, Tufts Medical Center

2000-Present:

Director, General Practice Residency Program, Tufts School of Dental Medicine

2001-2011:

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

2000-2004:

Acting Clinical Director, Tufts Dental Facilities, Fernald Developmental Center, Waltham, Ma

2000-2002:

Dental Consultant, Liberty Medical Specialists, Cyn Wyd, PA

1998-2001:

Clinical Instructor, Department of General Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Tufts University President’s Distinction Award: ’Champion of Collaboration’, 2016
Gies Award for Clinical Excellence: Tufts Dental Facilities for Special Needs: Team Member, 2014
Student Government: Director, Student Extra murals, 1987-1990
Honor Society, Boston University School of Dentistry, 1987-1989
Professional Memberships: 
Special Care in Dentistry Organization
American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
New England Consortium of Rural Health
American Dental Association
Massachusetts Dental Society
American Dental Education Association
American Association of Public Health Dentistry