Dr. Gretchen Henson decided to become a dentist by the time she was 5 years old. Â She began her dental career by taking top honor as the “Dental Expert” in her 4th grade class and started working as a dental assistant for her pediatric dentist at age 15.
After graduatingÂ from the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Public Health & Chemistry, she immediately went on to the University of Colorado for dental school. Â HerÂ dental degree (DDS) included 1 yearÂ post-doctoral training included rotations in pediatrics, rural health care, geriatric care, and HIV/AIDS patients.
After more than a decade in private practice, Dr. GretchenÂ made the decision to return to school full-time.Â She completedÂ her specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry at NYU-Langone Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.Â In addition to her training at the hospital and in the operating room, she taught undergraduates dental students at New York University. Â Dr. GretchenÂ has extensive experience treating patients with special needs including Sensory Perceptive Disorders, PDD-NOS, Autism and ADHD.
Dr. Gretchen has taken both written and oral certifying exams and is a Board Certified Diplomate with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. GretchenÂ served on the advisory council for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, offering her input for their Access Program for families of children with special needs. Â She is a Voluntary Emergency Medical Practitioner in The New York Medical Reserve Corps. Â Dr. Gretchen is a member of the New York City Children’s Dental Health Committee. Â She was the Co-Director of a dental clinic for the homeless, a regular volunteer for Head Start, Special Olympics and Give Kids a Smile Day.Â Dr. Gretchen has also presented nationally for the ADA, Healthcare for the Homeless, and has served as Adjunct Faculty to the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health since its inception.
She enjoys running around downtown with her two rescue dogs and participating in community events. Â She has oneÂ son who has Autism.
Dr. Gretchen answers all of her emails personally, please feel free to contact her at:Â [email protected]