Dr. Spencer attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D.) degree. Upon graduating from dental school, Dr. Spencer began practicing with Dr. Edwin Matthes. Dr. Matthes had limited his practice to the treatment of TMJ disorders some 15 years earlier, and acted as a mentor. Since 1998 Dr. Spencer has been able to accumulate over 1000 hours of continuing education specifically related to craniofacial pain, TMJ disorders and sleep disordered breathing. He has also completed the U.C.L.A. Acupuncture for Physicians training course and is a certified acupuncturist. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (www.aacfp.org), and a diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain. Dr. Spencer is also a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Spencer is currently the President-Elect of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain; the largest organization of dentists who have a special interest in the treatment of TMJ disorders and craniofacial pain in the world. Dr. Spencer teaches head and neck anatomy at Boise State University and teaches courses to dentists and physicians nationally and internationally.
Dr. Spencer received a Masters of Science Degree from Tufts University in Craniofacial Pain. His thesis looked at anatomical relationships and gender differences in facial pain.