Meet Dr. James M. Belcher, D.D.S. Lakeland FL

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Meet Dr. James M. Belcher, D.D.S.

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Dr. James M. Belcher, D.D.S.

James M. Belcher, D.D.S.’s dental career reflects a life-long commitment to professional excellence.

In 1973 Dr. Belcher graduated from the University of Missouri in the top of his class. He then went on to earn his Certificate of Periodontology at the same institution.

Upon graduation in 1976, Dr. Belcher moved to Lakeland and began private periodontal practice.

A firm believer that a true professional must always be learning and growing, Dr. Belcher is one of the early pioneers of Periodontal Microsurgery. Microsurgery is an advanced precision technique which reduces healing time and improves the aesthetic results of periodontal procedures. Dr. Belcher has been teaching this procedure for 15+ years to other periodontists from around the world.

Dr. Belcher has published and lectured extensively, including recently:

Publications

A Perspective on Periodontal Microsurgery, The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, Volume 21, Number 2, 2001.

Practical Periodontal Plastic Surgery, Chapter 4 by Serge Dilbart (Blackwell Publishing 2006)

Lectures

  • Polk County Dental Hygiene Association – 1980, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2005
  • Watson Clinic Wellness Seminar – 1987
  • Florida West Coast Dental Society Winter Meeting – 1983, 1988, 1998
  • Florida Society of Periodontics – 1988
  • Association of American Physicians – 1988
  • University of Florida Dental School – 1996
  • Sarasota Dental Association – 1996
  • Manatee Dental Association – 1997, 1998, 2003
  • Medical College of Georgia – 1997, 2001
  • Chicago – private – 1997
  • Midwest Society of Periodontists/Mid-Winter Chicago Meeting – 1998
  • American Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting, San Antonio – 1999
  • Florida National Dental Congress/Orlando – 2000
  • Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Nova Southeastern Dental College – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Dr. Belcher is a member of the following dental associations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • West Coast District Dental Association
  • Polk County Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry

His leadership and service roles include:

  • West Coast Dental Association - Past Delegate
  • Polk County Dental Association - Past President, Delegate, Treasurer
  • Kiwanis Club - Past President & Board of Directors
  • Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry - Past President & Board of Directors

Other current positions include:

  • Founder & Director - The Periodontal Microsurgical Institute
  • Staff – Lakeland Regional Hospital
  • Courtesy Faculty - University of Florida; Graduate Periodontics

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