Dr. Gregory Zabek
Dr. Zabek personifies “experienced dental care you can trust”. A long-term associate professor at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, he taught hundreds of graduating dental students the fine art of dental restoration.
Both patients and other dentists have recognized Dr. Gregory Zabek for his excellence as a dentist, his leadership in mastering and using advanced dental techniques, and his dedication to providing quality dental care to his community.
It’s no wonder that he’s received many awards over the years, including his recognition as one of 2011’s “Top Docs” in San Francisco.
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Education and Training
Dr. Zabek graduated with honors from the Pacific School of Dentistry, is a member of the TKO honor society, and finished in the top 20% of his graduating class. He earned his undergraduate degree at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
Not content with knowing “only the basics,” Dr. Zabek has spent his entire professional career augmenting his excellent early training with continuing education classes. He was recognized with a Fellowship Award by the Academy of General Dentistry. This award means that Dr. Zabek has completed over 500 hours of continuing education covering 16 separate fields of dentistry, including crowns, bridges, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and much more.
Dr. Zabek has also worked hard to encourage and aid others in the practice of dentistry, serving as both an editor of the Academy of General Dentistry Magazine, and as an associate professor of dentistry at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, teaching dental restoration, denture and implant techniques to multiple graduating classes.
Recognition and awards
In addition to his Fellowship Award, Dr. Zabek has twice been recognized as a “Best of the Bay” dentist, based on patient reviews. Dr. Zabek was also recently recognized as one of San Francisco’s “Top Doc” dentists, an award which is based both on patient reviews and peer evaluations from other dentists. He is a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who, and is listed in the “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” directory.
Dr. Zabek was once the editor of the Northern California Academy of General Dentistry’s journal. During his tenure as editor, the journal earned an award for “Most Improved Publication”. He also is a former Expert Examiner for the California State Board, and a former member of the American Association of Dentistry for Children. He is currently a certified CPR instructor for the San Francisco Dental Society and a member and former president of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity.
At the forefront of community service
The degree to which Dr. Zabek gives back to his community speaks volumes about the warmth and heart of this dedicated professional. A key contributor to the California Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program, he has been recognized by that organization as nothing less than a “Local Hero.”
Sponsored by the California Dental Association and the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, DDS volunteer dentists make heroic differences in the lives of the often overlooked and at-risk populations of elderly or disabled people who cannot afford dental care. Dr. Zabek’s extensive contribution to this program has earned him the designation of Superhero Volunteer.
Dr. Zabek says that he is a DDS volunteer because he likes the concept of organized dentistry doing some good in the community for those who cannot get help in any other way, and he encourages other dentists to participate in the program.
Says Dr. Zabek, “I can give my ALL doing something I do well. It’s a good feeling for the staff, too. What a joy it is to help someone in need.”
Dr. Zabek’s contributions to his community are not limited, however, to his professional contributions. A proud father of three children and three stepchildren, he enjoys working with young people. He develops connections for refurbishing used and discarded bicycles to disadvantaged youth and nurtured an existing cub scout pack into one of the largest, most active packs in the Bay Area. Dr. Zabek is also the Board Liaison for the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #3 (the oldest continuously existing lodge) which is home to Cub Scout Pack 343, and he is a six-year member of the Elks’ youth activities committee.
Once the athletic director for the Press Club of San Francisco, Dr. Zabek relishes being the head coach for the winningest football team in the University of the Pacific dental school’s history.
And he never stops building his already impressive hot sauce collection in the office.