Austin Family Dentist
BRIAN D. TUCKER, DMD, FAGD (OWNER)
Dr. Brian D. Tucker was born and raised in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. He received his Baccalaureate of Science in Biology at The College of New Jersey. Dr. Tucker went on to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he received his Dental degree as a Doctor of Medical Dentistry. During his senior year, Dr. Tucker was one of five students chosen to participate in CODE, an advanced clinically oriented program.
Dr. Tucker graduated in the top 10 of his class, and was chosen for the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Alumni Membership. Induction into OKU, the Dental Honor Society, is a prestigious award given to those who excel not only academically, but also clinically throughout their dental school career. Dr. Tucker was recognized at his OKU Awards Ceremony as the highest earner of performance competencies in recent years at UMDNJ.
Dr. Tucker continued his education at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine General Practice Residency Program. During his Residency in Las Vegas, Dr. Tucker gained valuable clinical experience in all aspects of dentistry, including implants, IV sedation, cosmetic dentistry, and complicated exodontia. During that time Dr. Tucker also worked part time at a local clinic serving underprivileged youth.
Dr. Tucker moved to Austin in 2006 and has since been in private practice. Because of the constant advances in dentistry, he considers being a dentist a lifelong learning process. Dr. Tucker is a firm believer in continuing education as a means to maintain and advance his expertise in cutting edge technologies and techniques. He has demonstrated this interest and commitment to dentistry by not only having completed the rigorous criteria to be awarded the FAGD, Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry in July 2009, but also by being one of the youngest recipients of this distinction.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Fellowship was created more than 50 years ago to honor those who clearly recognize and embrace the professional obligation to remain current in their knowledge and skills in order to insure delivery of the highest quality oral healthcare and to better serve patients. Fellowship in the AGD has evolved today into the most recognizable designation within the dental profession of commitment to continuing education, and it serves as a model by which to measure professional excellence. Only 6% of dentists in the US and Canada have earned their AGD Fellowship. Although Dr. Tucker is immensely proud to have attained such a distinguished award as the FAGD, he does not consider this achievement as the culmination of his educational efforts, but rather as a marker and acknowledgement of his enduring commitment to maintaining his expertise in general dentistry.
Dr. Tucker enjoys spending his free time outside and can be seen running at Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) with his dog, Riley, Stand Up Paddling, and working out. He also enjoys many of the outdoor and entertainment venues that Austin has to offer.
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BRENT E. FOSSUM, DDS
Dr. Brent Fossum was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, and has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and several cities in Texas. His extended family includes seven dentists including three brothers in his immediate family, all of whom graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, and three great uncles, also brothers, who graduated from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, the first being Dr. Albert Fossum, who received his DDS Degree in 1898.
Dr. Fossum earned a B.S. Degree in Biology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock before finishing his DDS Degree in Houston at the University of Texas Dental Branch in 2010. Since graduating, he has practiced dentistry in Houston, Austin, and Harker Heights. During his undergraduate studies, he had a scholarship to play baseball at Texas Tech where he earned Academic All Big 12 honors.
Dr. Fossum keeps abreast of the state-of-the-art in dentistry by regularly enrolling in continuing education courses, and thereby has broadened his knowledge in all aspects of dentistry including the latest techniques and procedures. Dr. Fossum is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and the Capital Area Dental Society.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Fossum likes to golf, experience new restaurants, go to sporting events such as baseball, football, basketball, play ping pong and go to movies at the Alamo Draft House.