Col (Ret) Bradley Pierson, DDS
My family and my work in orthodontics are two of the greatest sources of joy in my life. I am grateful for the opportunity I have every day as an orthodontist to give my patients something to smile about.
I have always enjoyed the technical aspects of orthodontics, but the most rewarding part of my profession is getting to know my patients and building relationships with them. Spending individual time with each patient to understand his or her needs and goals is an important part of my approach as an orthodontist. I partner with my patients in helping them achieve their ideal smile. Seeing their happiness and beautiful smiles as a result of their diligent efforts is what I love to do.
After completing my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003, I entered the U.S. Air Force. During my Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency (AEGD), I was exposed to all the dental specialties and made the decision to pursue orthodontics.
I was accepted to the Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program (TORP) at Lackland Air Force Base. Not only did this residency educate me in the art and science of orthodontics, it also helped me gain appreciation for the value of dentists and specialists working together to provide optimal care in achieving patients’ goals.
One year after completion of my orthodontic residency, I was fortunate to become a diplomate for the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction bestowed upon only a small percentage of orthodontists in practice today.
Following specialty training, I served as chief of orthodontics at Yokota Air Base, Japan, for three years. During this time, I was able to enhance my orthodontic treatment skills and gain valuable leadership experience that has helped me in my profession and many other aspects of my life.
I also had the opportunity to serve as the director of orthodontics for the oral maxillofacial surgery residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. This allowed me to build upon my knowledge and treatment techniques in the areas of surgical orthodontics, craniofacial anomalies, and cleft lip and palate.
I am happy to continue to enhance that knowledge and share what I know with residents of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio orthodontic residency program. Within this capacity, I serve as a member of the craniofacial anomalies board at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
In an effort to stay current with the latest innovations and technology in orthodontics, I attend study clubs and maintain membership with the American Association of Orthodontists®, World Federation of Orthodontists, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, American Dental Association®, Texas Dental Association and the San Antonio District Dental Society.
My family and I stay actively involved in the community and hope to make each patient feel like they are part of our family.