Meet Dr. Wade

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Dr. Wade began his career in healthcare in 1972 starting as an orderly in the hospital working his way up to become an EMT and ultimately working as a Physician’s Assistant in Family Practice in rural Iowa before entering dental school at the University of Iowa in 1980. He graduated with honors and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota in 1987, joining Dr. Gatto in practice at True North Oral Surgery & Implants in 1988.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Since he began in private practice he has won multiple awards for clinical care and humanitarian service including Top Dentist in both the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Minnesota Monthly magazines.


Dr. Wade has been traveling to Ukraine to care for orphans and disadvantaged patients since 1994. Through his leadership, the dental care in the area of Zolotonosha, Ukraine has improved greatly and he led the effort to purchase a dental x-ray unit for that town of 35,000 people, the only unit in town at that time.  Recently, Dr. Wade traveled to Ukraine to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new summer camp and to dedicate a home for HIV positive families.


Dr. Wade is the founder and director of True North Professional Studies, a continuing education group for dentists and dental team members. In 2001 this group won the prestigious Study Club of the Year award for excellence in programming and devotion to delivering a superior level of dental care.


Dr. Wade is a highly sought after speaker on both clinical and leadership topics and has presented at such well known meetings as the Thomas Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, the Seattle Study Club National Symposium, the Star of the North in St. Paul, Minnesota and the California Dental Association annual meeting in San Francisco.


Dr. Wade has been married to his wife, Terri, since 1972 and has 3 married children and 7 grandchildren. In his own words Dr. Wade has said, “They keep me grounded and constantly remind me of life’s priorities. Our office position is that we treat others as we would want our families treated, so when I think of my family it spurs me on to do even more for our patients!”