Barry Penner, RETIRED 12/21/2017
Dr. Barry Penner grew up in the Midwest in a dental family, his dad and uncle both being dentists. Because of their influence, he and his brother both became dentists and his sister became a dental hygienist. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1970. After this he became a dental officer for The U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda for the next two years. He started his dental practice in Pleasanton in 1972.
Always wanting to stay current with the best techniques, Dr. Penner has taken numerous post graduate classes relation to cosmetic dentistry, TMJ treatment, endodontic treatment, orthodontics, implant therapy, and periodontal therapy. He has seen numerous changes in dentistry since starting his practice, the most significant being the advent of bonding agents. These agents allow bonded restoration to adhere to tooth enamel, tooth dentin, as well as to porcelain and metal alloys. This has opened up the whole cosmetic revolution of tooth colored restoration and porcelain veneers. Along with tooth whitening and tooth implants this has allowed him to remake people’s smiles, save teeth that would have been hopeless in the past, and enable people to keep their teeth healthier, more attractive and functional. He loves to see what modern dentistry can accomplish for people.
Dr. Penner and his wife, Sharon, have three sons and three grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, fly fishing, hiking, camping, and kayaking.
He and his wife have been privileged to travel to ROHI School in Nakuru, Kenya to do dental work for the 300 students and staff. Many of these students are orphaned street children and it is amazing to see what God has done in their lives. He has had much success in giving many of these children healthy mouths and beautiful smiles.