The training and support provided by the dental-cranial group offers an unique opportunity for dentists to have quality hands-on education in the many benefits of osteopathy in the cranial field. In addition, the passion that the members of this community share for understanding and applying the principles of osteopathy is both genuine and authentic.
The William G. Sutherland Temporomandibulo Dental Cranial Group was formed in October 1982 under the initial tutelage of Dr. Herbert Miller. Dr. Miller taught the first 40 hour cranial course to a group of dentists who wanted to learn the concepts of osteopathy.
This organization was formed to teach licensed dentists only as an extension of the cranial academy. Since its beginnings in 1982, this organization has trained over 1000 dentists under the careful supervision of Dr. Zunka. At each meeting the basic 40 hour dento-cranial course is taught with individual attention given to the dentist student's level of knowledge and skill.
The relationship between the Dental-Cranial group and the Cranial Academy has continued to strengthen over the years. The Cranial Academy has added an associate board member position to the Cranial Academy Board representing the dental community. The study club has provided “Dental Corner” articles for the Cranial Newsletter for some 30 years. A number of these articles are on research completed by the dental community and a number have been board cases presented for the Dental Competency Exam.
Dr. Craig Zunka is the leader of our organization and has been awarded the following professional recognitions:
1988-1991 Associate Board Member Cranial Academy, American Academy Osteopath Physicians
1988 Competency Certification, Cranial Academy, American Academy of Osteopathy
1990-1993 Board Member, Northeast Society of Cranio-Mandibular Disorders
1999-2006 Associate Board Member, Cranial Academy, American Academy Osteopathy
2002 Outstanding Achievement Award, William G. Sutherland Temporomandibulo-Cranial Dental Group
2006 Fellowship in the Cranial Academy of American Academy of Osteopathy
At the heart of the study club is the teaching of cranial philosophy and technique. In addition, another focus of the dental-cranial study group is to provide information and classes for dento-cranial diagnosis and treatment by manipulation based on osteopathic principles. Over the past 30 years the study club has had the opportunity to have some of the top osteopathic physicians teach advanced courses and some of the most highly trained dentists lead this group. In 1988 Drs Harris Kimbrough and Dr. Craig Zunka were the first two dentists to pass the competency exam established by the Cranial Academy. At the request of the Cranial Academy, the WGSTCG created the competency exam specifically for dentists. The exam is currently offered three times per year to dentists at the WGSTCG Class.
Completion of the 40 hour course in the dental cranial group is the equivalent of taking the 40 hour cranial academy basic 40 hour course.
This special organization is composed by a group of of dentists who are highly trained in osteopathy teaching other dentists who want to learn osteopathy. The WG Sutherland Temporomandibulo-Cranial Group is a is a truly special group of dentists with a 35 year history of providing quality osteopathic education in a supportive, nurturing environment.