Dr. Ratcliff is the executive vice president of specialty education at Spear Education where he helps specialists and their restorative colleagues embrace the gifts and challenges of interdisciplinary care, and where he is a member of the faculty practice.
Dr. Ratcliff has practiced general dentistry for 32 years, and for the last 20 years has focused his work on comprehensive adult restorative care. Although he was nicknamed “The Claw” by his friends in dental school after almost failing basic dental techniques, he has become regarded as one of the premier clinicians in the United States.
The former chairman of education at The Pankey Institute, Dr. Ratcliff is passionate about helping dentists reach their preferred futures, and is an engaging and down-to-earth speaker. He presents and facilitates small groups with a combination of excellent clinical examples, interactive discussion and well-organized concepts.
Dr. Ratcliff lectures internationally on interdisciplinary care, esthetic, implant and restorative dentistry, and is well-known for his workshops on philosophy of life and dental practice.
Dr. Ratcliff is a member of the Arizona State Dental Association, the American Dental Association, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the International Team for Implantology, the Academy of Osseointegration and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.
Dr. Clark received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas in 1996, and went on to serve 12 years of military service in the US Army. During his time in service, he attended a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program and his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center/Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Clark left military service in 2007 and he has been in a private practice in Waco, Texas.
Dr. Clark enjoys practicing the full scope of oral & maxillofacial surgical procedures to include dental alveolar surgery, dental implant surgery, soft tissue grafting, traumatic injuries, cosmetic surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial repair on patients with cleft lip and palate, and oral cancer surgery. He was selected for the Army’s specialty Head and Neck surgical team in Iraq, attending to patients with explosive and gunshot injuries to the face. He was a staff surgeon responsible to train residents in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Dr. Clark is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and in Dental Anesthesiology by the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology. He is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, Chalmers Lyons Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Honorary Society and the Central Texas Dental Society. He has served as a delegate to the Texas Dental Association and served on the board of the Texas Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Political Action Committee.
Dr. Clark is widely published and lectures locally, nationally and internationally. He is an instructor to the Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Courses.
Dr. James D. Gossett is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who has been practicing in the New Braunfels and Schertz/Cibolo/Universal City areas since 2003. Dr. Gossett was born in Ennis, Texas and received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Southern Methodist University in 1988. He received a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry where he also completed a Teaching Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Following dental school and his teaching fellowship, Dr. Gossett completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.
During his training, Dr. Gossett practiced alongside world-renowned surgeons and leaders in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He served as Chief Resident in 1999 and as Resident Surgeon for the John Keys Craniofacial, Cleft Lip and Palate Team. Following residency, Dr. Gossett entered private practice with Oral and Maxillofacial Associates of Western New York while his wife completed her residency. In 2003, Dr. Gossett moved back to Texas and purchased Dr. Gary S. Barr’s practice in New Braunfels. A second location was opened in Schertz, Texas in 2007.
Edward was the 2007 Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and in 1985, graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Dental School at San Antonio. In 1981, he graduated from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. His professional memberships and associations include the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, River District, Dental Society, and the Presswood Study Club. He served as the president of River District Dental Society, and is a delegate to the Texas Dental Association Annual Convention. Edward has been married to Lori Wuensch for 22 years and they have 5 children; Caroline, Andrew and Adam are in New Braunfels, and Eric and Edward III are going to school at Texas A&M.
Dr. Schmitt received his DDS degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in 1975. He earned his specialty certificate in prosthodontics in 1982 from the Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, and his Masters of Science degree in prosthodontics from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dental Branch. Prior to his retirement from the Air Force, Dr.Schmitt was chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics and program director for Graduate Prosthodontics at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He also served as consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for prosthodontics. Dr. Schmitt has lectured throughout the United States and Europe and has published numerous articles in respected medical journals. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American and International College of Prosthodontics. Today, Dr. Schmitt is actively involved in the use of implants, digital imaging, computer design, milling and additive manufacturing technologies in the treatment of advanced dental problems at his private practice, Precise Smile in San Antonio, Texas.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Macias attended Catholic elementary school and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1975 and received his undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Mary’s University. He continued his dental education at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio and graduated in 1983. While establishing his private practice, Dr. Macias was an assistant professor in the Department of General Practice at the UT Dental School from 1983 until 1989.
Being from Kentucky, I’m especially deep rooted when it comes to basketball and horses, but I believe over the years I have become a true Texan at heart, with the all the beauties of the state and especially the friendly people of San Antonio. I am a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky where I obtained my Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree. I furthered my education and completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. During my residency, I became proficient in IV conscious sedation, implant dentistry, oral trauma triage and treatment, and removal of wisdom teeth. I’m an active member of The ADA, Texas Dental Association, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry, part of the team of dentists for Rampage Hockey. I practice with the intent of ceaselessly continuing my education personally, and striving to deliver the best possible, most cutting-edge technology that dentistry has to offer my patients when they sit in my chair. I am on track to complete advanced courses for the Spears Institute focusing on cosmetic dentistry, Cerec education, and our practice maintains “Premier Invisalign Provider” status. Outside of my core passion for dentistry, I am dedicated to being a well-rounded practicioner. I enjoy traveling with my husband, sailing, being a novice student of the arts, and maintaining an active lifestyle.