Dr. Gretchen Gadwood grew up in the Bay Area, calling the city of Richmond her home for the first 18 years of her life. She enjoyed her high school years at Pinole Valley High before attending Occidental College in Los Angeles. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology with a Minor in English Literature, she went on to attend New York University College of Dentistry to receive her dental education. Despite the distance, Dr. Gretchen remained closely connected to her family and friends back in California. It was only natural that she return home to the Bay Area upon the completion of her dental school education. Since 2005, she has practiced dentistry in El Cerrito and Pinole, and has continued to learn and strive for dental excellence through attending an abundance of continuing education courses and participating in several local dental study clubs. She has had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa Dental Society, acting as a District Representative, Ethics Chair and Legislative Chair for a span of four years, while additionally pursuing her interest in Toastmasters for public speaking. To date, Dr. Gretchen remains an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Dental Association (CDA) and the Contra Costa Dental Society. Renewing her dedication and passion for dentistry, Dr. Gretchen is now pleased to establish her own solo private practice in the city of Hercules (where her husband is from!), providing quality dental care for all ages. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Gretchen’s interests include arts and crafts, target shooting, karaoke, cats, word games and keeping up with her daughter!