Gina Terenzi

Gina Terenzi

(617) 636-4067
Research/Areas of Interest: Increasing access to care for at-risk patients Special care dentistry


  • DMD, Boston University, United States, 1991
  • BA, Boston University, Boston, United States, 1986


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.