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Dr. James K. Kirkpatrick For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Kirkpatrick attended CSU, Chico where he received a BA in biology. He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree at the Washington University school of Dentistry in St. Louis, MO. After graduation, Dr. Kirkpatrick served two years in the US Navy where he underwent intensive training in endodontics. He then underwent a two-year preceptorship focused on TMJ and facial pain at UCLA. During this time, Dr. Kirkpatrick studied with Dr. Pete Dawson, who is renowned for his accomplishments in the area of temporomandiubular joint disorder. Dr. Kirkpatrick and Dr. Dawson remain friends and colleagues, regularly sharing knowledge and dental expertise. Dr. Kirkpatrick has dedicated 10 years of his life to the research and study of TMJ and related disorders, and continues to pursue the latest information so that he can help patients overcome the constant pain and antagonistic symptoms of TMJ disorder. In addition, Dr. Kirkpatrick has pursued continued education in occlusion, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. He has received training at the Pankey Institute, one of the premier educational facilities for the study of occlusion, the William C. Strupp Postgraduate School of Dentistry, and the Seattle Institute under Dr. Frank Spear. Recently, Dr. Kirkpatrick began advanced studies in implant dentistry and replacement teeth. With approximately 100 hours per year of continued education, Dr. Kirkpatrick stays on the cutting-edge of dentistry and continually expands his expertise. Dr. Kirkpatrick is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, and a member of the ADA and CDA. He is president elect of the Kern County Dental Society, as well. In his free time, Dr. Kirkpatrick is an avid woodworker. He has restored several antique cars, made some beautiful furniture, and recently built from scratch a gorgeous, 24-foot, mahogany boat which he and his family enjoy. Dr. Kirkpatrick and his wife, Anne, have two lovely daughters and five grandchildren.
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1851 Oak St Ste A
Bakersfield, CA, 93301



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