Dr. DeWood's 30-plus years in general practice allow him to provide a unique perspective to the application of the dental principles taught at Spear in real-office settings. He has spent many years focused on diagnosing and treating functional occlusal problems and TMD, and as part of that focus completed the craniofacial pain mini-residency at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in the 1990s.

Dr. DeWood earned his D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1980 and an M.S. degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 2004. He maintained a private restorative general practice for 22 years before devoting full time to teaching. He holds or has held appointments as clinical director at the Pankey Institute,  associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, and assistant professor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. In addition to his full time teaching duties with Spear he maintains a part-time practice on the Spear campus.