Chesapeake Dental Education Center

Drs. “Woody” Wooddel and Jo Passaro

Lars and Holly with Drs. Tubyfill, Wooddell, and Passaro

Dr. “Woody” Wooddell and Dr. Joe Passaro are two ordinary guys who do extraordinary dentistry. They met in Dental school at the University of Maryland, and decided to go into practice together when they graduated. Through the years, Woody and Joe have guided the practice through an incredible evolution. In October of 2011, they celebrated their practice’s 30th anniversary. What started as a family practice has grown into an exceptional center for adult restorative dentistry. They spent the first decade or so building the practice and their skills, but their love of dentistry and advances in the field motivated them to seek greater knowledge.


In the mid 90s, recognizing the need to further understand all facets of adult restorative dentistry, they studied occlusion and the concepts of complete dentistry at The Dawson Academy and TMD at Piper Education and Research Center. Their next step was the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Studying under
Dr. Frank Spear, one of their most influential mentors, they learned to incorporate facial and dental esthetic analysis and diagnosis with stable functional concepts. Their journey through the Spear curriculum spanned almost a decade. They have also trained with Dr. Jack Turbyfill, recognized as the master clinician in removable prosthodontics, and Dr. Robert Faulkner both of whom they consider invaluable mentors.

Never ones to let technology pass them by, Woody and Joe developed an interest in computer-guided implant placement when dental cone beam CT scans and 3-D graphics became available and were early students of Dr. Thomas Balshi.

A photography course at the CDEC.

Together, Woody and Joe have amassed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in complex esthetic, restorative and implant dentistry. Through their constant encouragement and support of each other, they tackle some of the most complex cases—what they like to call “dental train wrecks.” Their success with these types of cases was noticed by their colleagues and dental implant companies, such as Nobel Biocare, Biomet 3i and BioHorizons. Woody and Joe were happy to accept requests from other dentists to be their mentors and to accept speaking engagements for the various implant companies, as well as area study clubs, labs and dental societies.

Having studied under the best minds in dentistry and Woody and Joe assimilated their vast knowledge into a singular protocol proven to effectively diagnose the problem, develop an appropriate treatment plan and implement the optimum solution for any restorative or esthetic case.

Woody and Joe utilize this protocol as full-time clinicians every day in their practice. They’ve merged their passion for complex restorative and esthetic interdisciplinary dentistry with personal, hands-on, small-group, implementation-focused, and peer-supported learning to create the Chesapeake Dental Education Center.  They are effective educators because they have a passion for dentistry and teach from experience. Their students learn not only concepts, but also how to implement what is taught in their own practices.

We are extremely proud to provide the lab support for Dr. Wooddell and Passaro. We also sponsor and support their educational programs at the CDEC. They are both exceptional dentists and equally impressive educators.  You can also see Woody and Joe here with us as part of our ongoing workshop series.  They will be teaching the “Restoring the Worn Dentition” program June 8-9, 2012.  It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your severe wear cases to treatment plan and have waxed up.


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