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Dentist and WVU Mountaineer recognized for many firsts in his career

School of Dentistry alumni association chooses Dr. Craig Bridgeman for award

Dr. Craig BridgemanThe West Virginia University School of Dentistry Alumni Association honored a West Virginia native with the Alumni Achievement Award.

Dr. Robert Craig Bridgeman earned undergraduate degrees from both Marshall University and West Virginia University. In 1976, he was among the first class to graduate University of Florida College of Dentistry. Mountaineers are often credited for going first. Dr. Bridgeman’s career was full of firsts including being the first student to place a restoration for a live patient in Florida history.

Dr. Craig Bridgeman and Dr. David Bridgeman recognized by WVU School of Dentistry Alumni Association

Bridgeman and his wife Rose settled in Boone, North Carolina, where he has remained in private practice. Much of Bridgeman’s professional career has been devoted to giving back to the profession and his community.

He has been a member of the Hollenback-Medina Operative Dentistry Seminar since 1976. He became its mentor in 2016 after the group affiliated with the Academy of RV Tucker Study clubs.

Bridgeman’s professional affiliations include the ADA, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the American Academy of gold Foil Operators, the American Board of Operative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

In addition to the Hollenback-Medina Study Club, Bridgeman also mentors the Student Gold Study Club at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, where he also serves as visiting faculty. In North Carolina, he is a consulting dentist for the Department of Athletics at Appalachian State University.

In addition to providing dental care for a number of charitable organizations, Bridgeman has been the facilitator for the adult bible study group at his church for more than 20 years. He also enjoys woodworking, playing the piano, reading and golf. He recently completed playing golf in all 50 states.