Let us show you why your first choice will be the MAHEC Dental Residency Program!

If you are considering a postgraduate dental education program, we at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC would be honored to have you consider our General Practice Residency Program. We have a state-of-the-art dental center, electronic medical records, digital radiography, CBCT, in-clinic digital scanner and milling unit, soft tissue laser, computer center, world class simulation center, and medical library staff dedicated to resident and faculty needs and teleconference facility.

Our emphasis will be on comprehensive dentistry to include: treatment planning and sequencing of complex restorative cases; implantology, periodontology, rotary endodontics, advanced restorative dentistry and removable prosthodontics. Residents will experience rotations in the hospital environment and outpatient surgical centers to include basic anesthesiology, oral surgery, family medicine and pediatric dentistry. Residents will receive clinical and didactic instructions from visiting dental specialists in oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, implantology and other areas of interest.

Asheville, North Carolina has been selected by several publications as one of the most desirable places in the country to live, work and play. Our climate is reasonably mild year round and outdoor activities abound. Yes, we will give you some play time.

We hope you will consider the MAHEC General Practice Residency program as a place to further your dental education. We are user friendly. Contact us and we will answer any questions you may have or come by to see us!


Amadeo Valdez, DDS, MAS
Director, General Practice Residency Program


For questions or more information, please contact

Michelle Pittman
Residency Program Administrator
123 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 771-3415


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