Joshua C. Willard, DMD
Joshua Willard didn’t want much. He wanted to be his own boss. He wanted a career where he could exercise his artistic side but also care for people; where every day was a bit different; where he’d be challenged to continually learn and improve himself, while staying in the same profession.
Before enrolling in dental school, he began a career in the Army, serving as a cavalry officer. He reached the rank of captain before deciding to make a career change. “Dentistry seemed to check all the boxes for me,” he said. “I could be artistic with cosmetic dentistry. I could build long-term relationships with my patients. I’d be my own boss. And with the rapidly advancing science of dentistry, I’d be challenged to continually add to my knowledge base and improve my skills.”
Next, he looked for the perfect community for his practice. “I began practicing in Anchorage, Alaska with one of the best dentists in the city,” he said. “I was able to gain extensive experience in complex cosmetic procedures.” But Dr. Willard and his wife, Brooke, were tired of the long winters and wanted better opportunities for their kids. “We made a trip to Texas and immediately knew this is where we wanted to raise our children,” he said.
Meanwhile, established and respected Plano dentist, William Gerlach, was looking for a partner. “I visited a lot of dental offices where the dental experience is very rushed and patients rarely see the same dentist twice,” Dr. Willard said. “Then I met Dr. Gerlach, whose office offered the latest in dental technology. However, most importantly, he knows his patients by name and easily chats with them about their fishing trip, new grandbaby, or golf game. Dr. Gerlach and I share the goals of continuing education, being the best at what we do, and creating a positive environment where each patient knows they’re getting an honest opinion and excellent care.”
“We never double-book patients, so we’re able to meet with patients one at a time,” Dr. Willard said. “We can take our time discussing their medical history. I can address any concerns they have. If they have dental phobia, we discuss it. If their oral health is good, we work to keep it that way. If not, I educate them about their options and together we make a treatment plan to get them healthy again.”
Dr. Willard has a passion for full-mouth reconstruction and TMJ management and works with physicians to treat sleep apnea. He has logged numerous hours of continuing education at the Pankey Institute.
Dr. Willard believes in giving back to the community, he recently participated in the TMOM Veterans Dental Clinic and is an active participant in the TDA’s Texas Smiles program to help individuals reenter the workforce. Dr. Willard welcomes all patients: individuals, families, children, and those with unique dental needs. He’s now accepting new patients at Gerlach & Willard Dental Associates.
5425 West Spring Creek Parkway, Suite 165
Plano, Texas 75024
By Meredith Knight
Photography by Lee Ann Baker, LABphotography