Dr. Brook Niemiec, DVM
Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Dr. Brook Niemiec is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry as well as a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and past member of the board of directors and President Elect of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.
Dr. Niemiec has been serving the dental needs of Southern California animals for more than a decade. In this time he has personally performed over 20,000 dental procedures, including: endodontic therapy (root canals and vital pulp therapy), oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontal therapy and surgery, orthodontics (braces), restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and prosthetic (crowns and bridges) dentistry.
Dr. Niemiec, as one of seventy-three Board Certified Veterinary Dental specialists, is recognized internationally as one of the leading authorities in Veterinary Dentistry. An advocate for improved understanding, prevention and treatment of disease, Dr. Niemiec lectures extensively to professional and non-professional groups at local, national, and international meetings. Additionally, he has published numerous articles in well-respected journals at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Dr. Niemiec currently is a past member of the board of directors and President Elect of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. In addition, he serves on the credentials committee for the college of veterinary dentistry, and is chair of the examination committee for the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.
In his spare time, Dr. Niemiec is an enthusiastic outdoorsman who favors hiking, fishing, skiing, camping and playing golf as well as visiting museums, attending live theater, and sporting events. He also enjoys daily trips to the beach with his Labrador Retriever, Caeli, and returns home to his black cat Nez. For more information on Dr. Niemiec see the curriculum vitae below.
Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College, April 2002.
Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, April 2000.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.
School of Veterinary Medicine, June 1994.
Bachelor of Science in Zoology, University of California, Davis. June 1989.
Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, 2000-Present.
Board of Directors 2001-Present.
Board of Directors, American Veterinary Dental Society, 2001-Present.
Southern California Veterinary Golf Association 2000- presentChairman, Fund raising committee, School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1994,
President, School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1994, 1990-1991.
Hills/SCAVMA International student award, U.C. Davis, 1991.
Henry A. Jastro Scholarship, U.C. Davis, 1984 – 1985.
VetAides volunteer, 1985-1987.
Honors at entrance, U.C. Davis, 1984.
SOUTHERN CAILFORNIA VETERINARY DENTAL SPECIALTIES
San Diego, CA January 2003-present.
Chief of Staff
Designed and organized a state of the art dental operatory. Created and implemented all polices for the dental service. Responsible for the performance of all forms of routine and advanced dental care including: thorough dental prophylaxis, charting with the modified tridan system, dental radiography, endodontics, surgical endodontics, advanced periodontics, orthodontics, prosthadontics, restorative dentistry, oral medicine, exodontics and advanced oral surgery. Developed client and staff educational materials.
ALL CARE ANIMAL REFERRAL CENTER
Fountain Valley, CA, August 2000 – present.
Director of Dental Service
Designed and organized a state of the art dental operatory. Created and implemented all
polices for the dental service. Responsible for the performance of all forms of routine and advanced dental care including: thorough dental prophylaxis, charting with the modified tridan system, dental radiography, endodontics, surgical endodontics, advanced periodontics, orthodontics, prosthadontics, restorative dentistry, oral medicine, exodontics and advanced oral surgery. Developed client and staff educational materials.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Davis, CA. January – June, 1999.
Fellowship in Veterinary Anesthesiology A month long training program in the small animal anesthesiology department. Areas covered included: anesthetic protocols for healthy, infirmed, pediatric, and geriatric patients, advanced anesthetic monitoring techniques, post-operative pain management, local oral nerve blocks, pharyngostomy entubation, epidural anesthesia, anesthetic crisis management.
MAIN STREET SMALL ANIMAL HOSPITAL, San Diego, CA July 1996 – present.
Perform and assist in all aspects of veterinary dentistry. Responsibilities include: thorough dental prophylaxis, charting with a variety of systems, client education and home care, dental adiography, endodontics, surgical endodontics, periodontal surgery, restorative dentistry, orthodontic therapy and genetic counseling, as well as oral medicine and surgery.
ABC VETERINARY HOSPITAL, San Marcos, CA. June 1994 – present.
Perform all facets of general medicine and surgery. Responsible for the performance of all advanced dental procedures. These procedures include endodontics, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, periodontal surgery, orthodontics and genetic counseling, radiology and advanced oral medicine. Responsible for training staff in all areas of veterinary dentistry, including dental prophylaxis, radiology, and charting with the trident system.
ALBANY VETERINARY CLINIC, Albany, CA. August 1993 – September 1993.
Extern in Veterinary Dentistry
Performed dental prophylaxis and charting. Positioned, exposed, and interpreted dental radiographs. Developed basic skills necessary for endodontics, vital pulpotomies, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, tooth restoration and extraction, oral surgery, and other advanced dental procedures. Assisted in presentation of dentistry lectures to practitioners.
Success Rates of Vital Pulpotomies. Thomas W. Mulligan DVM, Dip. ACVD
October 1997-April 1998
Self funded with Main Street Small Animal Hospital
Approximate budget of $1,000.
Effects of utilizing local nerve blocks in the oral cavity on intraoperative vital signs
and general anesthetic need, as well as quality of post anesthetic recovery.
Robert B. Furman
April 2000- ongoing.
Self funded with All Care Animal Referral Center.
Budget approximately $500.
Success Rate of Full Mouth Extractions on Treating Lymphocytic/Plasmacytic Stomatitis
in Cats, a Retrospective Study. Thomas W. Mulligan, DVM, Dip. ACVD.
Approximate Budget $200
Incidence of significant findings on preoperative thoracic radiographs in dental patients
with no clinically evident cardio-pulmonary problems. Ann Reed, DVM, Dip. ACVR
Self Funded with All Care Animal Referral Center
Success rate of utilizing endodontic files as carriers for heated gutta percha in
stenotic canals of canine cuspids
Self funded with Main Street Animal Hospital
Original Reviewed Publications:
“Dental Radiology”, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, June, 2004
Article covering proper development procedures for dental radiology.
Hand dev eloping was covered in great detail. Proper storage of
developed films was also covered.
“Dental Radiology”, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, March, 2004
Article covering the basic geometry and proper positioning and
exposure technique for dental radiology.
“Dental Prophylaxis”, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, December 2003.
Topics included: supra and subgingival cleaning, polishing, sulcal lavage,
fluoride treatment, recognition of dental pathology, periodontal probing, and dental charting.
“Therapy of Oral Fractures Utilizing Acrylic Splints: A Step-by-Step Instruction”
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, September 2003.
A step by step guide to the fixation of oral fractures in the small animal
patient utilizing acrylic splints. Indications, contraindications, methods,
and complications are covered in detail.
“Vital Pulpotomies, a Step by Step Instruction”,
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, September 2001
Article on performing vital pulpotomies in veterinary dentistry. Highlighting:
indications and contraindications, techniques, reasons for failure, and how to
determine vitality. Also covered were results of a recent study on the
success rate of the procedure.
“Assessment of Vital Pulp Therapy for Nine Complicated Crown
Fractures and Fifty Four
Crown Reductions in Dogs and Cats”,
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, September 2001.
Clinical study to determine the success rates of vital pulpotomies in clinical practice.
Highlights included indications and contraindications for the procedure, techniques,
study design, results, and a discussion of possible reasons for failure.
“Endodontic Therapy in a Mandibular Molar with Periodontal-Endodontic disease”,
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, March, 2001
Case report on endodontic therapy of a severely periodontally and endodonticly
diseased mandibular M1 in a dog. Highlighted endodontic techniques,
perio-endo relationships, and periodontal healing ability of the canine.
“Crown Therapy on a Severely Fractured Upper Fourth Premolar in a Dog”,
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, October, 2000
Case Report on endodontic and prosthadontic therapy on a severely damaged upper
fourth premolar in a boarder collie. Highlighting alternate endodontic accesses
and crown preparation techniques to maximize remaining crown structure.
Books and Chapters:
Vital pulpotomies and Pulp Capping, with Thomas W. Mulligan, DVM Dip. AVDC
In Veterinary Endodontics, Saunders, Jan Bellows (Ed.), 2002.
“Repair of a Severe Maxillary Fracture in a Dog Using a Figure-8
Wire and an Acrylic Splint”,
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
Case report on fixation of a displaced maxillary fracture.
Surgical technique utilized and options for fixation were discussed in detail.
“Apicoectomy and Retrograde Filling of an Abscessed Maxillary Canine in a Dog”
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
This report was a step-by-step demonstration of a surgical endodontic procedure. Indications, contraindications, technique, complications, and alternatives to therapy were covered.
“Open Root Planing and Guided Tissue Regeneration Using Synthetic Bone Grafting
Material in a Poodle with Severe Vertical Bone Loss on the Palatal Aspect of the Maxillary
Right Canine”, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
A step-by-step case report on periodontal surgery in a dog with severe periodontal
disease. Indications, techniques, and treatment options are covered.
“Therapy of a lingually displaced mandibular canine with a Mann incline plane”,
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
A case report on the therapy of linguoversion of the mandibular canine in a standard poodle. Included initial presentation, therapy, and long term follow up. The numerous options for therapy were discussed in detail.
“Endodontic and Crown therapy in a Canine Which Was Blocked With a Pulp Stone”,
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
Unusual case presentation on how to deal with an occluded canal and achieve a successful endodontic obturation without performing surgical endodontics.