Theodore J. Grellner DDS Leading an Outstanding Oral Surgery Practice

photo of Tampa Oral Surgeon Dr Theodore J Grellner

a.k.a. "Doc Wisdom"
Photography by Bob Thompson, THOMPSON Studios

Dr. Grellner is not a general dentist who performs dental surgery; he is a fully-qualified, board-certified** oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Though he spent several years providing general dentistry while in the USAF, valuable experience which helps him to better appreciate the issues your dentist faces everyday, he wanted to take his skills in dental surgery to a much higher level.

Not only did he satisfactorily complete his specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery while in the USAF, but he invested additional time and effort later to successfully pass two board-certification exams: American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.


  • Undergraduate: Washington University, St. Louis, A.B. Biology, 1973
  • Graduate: University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry, DDS, 1978
  • Post Graduate: Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX. Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1986
  • Chief, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 31st Medical Group, Homestead AFB, Homestead, FL. 1986-1989
  • Member:
    • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
    • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS)
    • Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • American Dental Association
    • West Coast Dental Association
    • Hillsborough County Dental Association
    • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
    • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
    • Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Diplomate of the **American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), 1988
  • Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Florida College of Dentistry, 2012-present.
  • Member of the CIG (Clinical Interest Group) on Anesthesia, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2012-present.
  • Attends continuing education regularly
  • Has practiced oral & maxillofacial surgery for 25 years since completing residency training in the U.S. Air Force. Retired USAF after 13 years in USAF Reserves at MacDill AFB.

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The Personal Side

Dr. Grellner holding a camera

Photography by Bob Thompson, THOMPSON Studios

Over the years I have been involved in a number of extra-curricular activities that once included a long time association with the New Tampa Rotary, long distance running (last marathon was New York, 2002), and principal oboist with the Tampa Bay Symphony for 3 years.

I have had a life-long passion for photography and travel. I now include hiking wherever or whenever I have the opportunity, for the landscape photo opportunities that it offers, and I perform the oboe at local places of worship whenever asked.

Recently I have joined TAPPA (Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association), having been graciously introduced to it by a professor of photography at USF. I cannot speak highly enough of this energetic local group of very talented professional photographers who selflessly share their knowledge and skills with others in their profession. Check out the TAPPA website to see examples of their gorgeous work:

Over the past few years, I have been involved in two "pet" projects

Writing an eBook and creating websites related to more intelligently timing the removal of wisdom teeth. Click HERE to learn more about this.

Creating a website devoted to trip planning and travel preparation (see below)

Trip Planning and Travel Preparation

Dr. Grellner on mountain

P.S. This picture is of me (10 lbs. heavier than I am now) wearing multiple layers needed to hike at almost 10,000 feet! Interesting background, eh? To find out where, hover your mouse over the picture. for trip planning and travel preparation resources.

This second project is purely personal.

When you visit our office, you will immediately notice that our reception room is a gallery of photographs, images taken on my various trips around the globe over the years. I have had the great fortune and opportunity to travel to the Far East (the Philippines was my first assignment in the USAF as a newly graduated general dentist), Europe, and many destinations throughout our great nation.

By the way, my background in photography ranges from wedding to commercial photography, from publicity work for Six Flags Over St. Louis, darkroom work for United Telecommunications (now Sprint) to having worked as a portrait studio photographer in St. Louis between my college and dental school years.

While in the USAF, I was awarded a 1st place prize in the Army-Air Force Worldwide Photography Competition (judged by a National Geographic photographer) for a photograph I took in Bali, Indonesia, of a group of women harvesting rice. It was a magical moment that lasted only seconds until they noticed me photographing them.

Over these many years of traveling and taking photographs of incredible sights, I have gained a bit of experience with both. From this arises my second pet, a web site that incorporates my on-going passion for travel and photography with trip planning and travel preparation.

I noticed that while researching trips, a lot of time went into internet searches for trip ideas, information regarding overseas travel, security regulations, weather at destinations, and the various travel arrangements I needed to make, all on different sites (air, lodging, train reservations, sightseeing excursions, information sites, etc.).

Even more time was spent looking for on-line businesses to purchase gear, clothing or travel-specific items that I needed for that trip. All this has resulted in a website that is a collection of many useful links to information sites and businesses that can aid in simplifying the process of preparing for a trip or vacation.

It contains the results of research gathered over the years as well as the journey of learning how to create a website by one who knew nothing (really, NOTHING!) about the process or even what HTML stood for.

Though it doesn't contain the pizzazz that the "big boy" travel websites boast, it was a labor of love, one of those items to check off my Life's To-Do list, and another way to share my photography with those who are interested. Perhaps you will find to be of some help in your trip planning and travel preparation.

(P.S. Any purchases made through links on the site are at the same price you would receive if you went to any participating business directly. The small referral fees received from those purchases are used to cover the costs of maintaining the website.)

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