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Duane Spencer
Walnut Creek, CA
Dr. Spencer received his DDS from the University of Southern California in 1965. He then served four years active duty as a U. S. Naval Dental Officer, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 1991. He completed his Pediatric Dental Residency at the University of Pacific, School of Dentistry, in 1972 and practiced pediatric dentistry in Walnut Creek CA until retiring in June of 2015. He has served as Pediatric Dental Consultant to the U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland; Chief of Dentistry at Children’s Hospital, Oakland; and as assistant Professor, Dept. of Growth & Development, Univ. of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. He has been a forensic dental consultant since 1978, serving the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Merced and San Mateo, as well as numerous northern California law enforcement agencies. Dr. Spencer is a consultant to the California Department of Justice, Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit and the California P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers’ Standards and Training). He is a member of the Contra Costa County Child Death Review Team and a volunteer educator/trainer for the Contra Costa County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Dr. Spencer has authored numerous articles in his two specialties and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of the California Dental Association. He was a member of the AAFS delegation to the USSR in 1988 and to South America in 2005. He worked at the U.S. Army Central Identification Lab (CILHI) in March of 1989. He has been a Diplomate of the ABFO since 1985. He is a member of the ASFO, a Fellow of the AAFS, an officer and founding member of the California Society of Forensic Dentistry, Inc., and a Fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. His mass disaster experience includes the 1989 Loma Prieta 6.9 earthquake/freeway collapse and the 1991 East Bay Firestorm. He is a member of the California Dental Identification Team. His outside interests have been coaching youth sports and Boy Scouts (1987 Silver Beaver recipient). He is married, has a daughter (dental hygienist) and two adult granddaughters (by his late son).
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