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Dr. Tom Kramkowski says, “You’re focusing on a single tooth, but you have to keep in mind there is a patient attached to that tooth.”

Thomas R. Kramkowski



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Imagine a small boy becoming ill in his dentist’s chair. Slightly embarrassed, a bit scared and vulnerable… he is cared for and reassured by his compassionate skillful dentist. 

It’s no surprise, Dr. Kramkowski came out of that moment with an interest in becoming a dentist, infused with a unique vision for patient care.  

Today, he works at Southern Arizona Endodontics. He brings the same kind of relief and comfort he experienced back then, to every patient who sits in his chair.

He says, “I have seen patients grip the armrests of the chair so tightly, I thought they would break them off, but with a little wit, gentleness, and compassion, I can usually put their mind at ease. Then with our state of the art procedures, I can provide for them a pain-free and almost pleasurable experience.” He says with a grin, “You’re focusing on a single tooth, but you have to keep in mind there is a patient attached to that tooth.” His approach must work since he has had patients actually fall asleep during the procedure.

Working around a large group of people, as he does here, comes naturally to Dr. Kramkowski. He grew up in a large family — three brothers and three sisters. 

Similarly, “It’s much like family here at work,” He says. “We have a great group of doctors and a great team of caring people. I look forward to the time I spend with them and my patients. I love what I’m doing so much that I’m surprised when suddenly the end of the day comes.”

He and his wife have two daughters; whose hugs and squeals make coming home one of those “it doesn’t get better than this” moments. With buttons popping off his vest, he says, “I’m thrilled that my older daughter is already involved in gymnastics, dance, and has her eyes set on playing soccer. She’s just carrying on the tradition of the sports-loving family I grew up in.


Certificate of advanced Graduate Studies: Endodontics, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Master of Science Degree: Endodontics, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree: University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO

Bachelor of Science Degree: Medical Science, University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Published Research: 2009 Journal of Endodontics

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Southern Arizona Dental Society
  • Pima Dental Study Club

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

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