Dr. Lydia Gardner graduated with an AB in Psychology and a language citation in French from Harvard University. She then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She was inducted into the prestigious OKU national dental honor society which has moral as well as academic selection criteria. Dr. Gardner then completed her 3-year specialty residency in Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She simultaneously earned a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology for independent research examining the relationship between obesity and periodontal disease. She presented the preliminary results of her Master’s research in Brazil at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research. Dr. Gardner also traveled to South Africa and Morocco during her residency to participate in humanitarian missions providing care to communities without access.
Dr. Gardner is a Board Certified specialist in Periodontics. Board certification denotes someone who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty, including demonstrating a comprehensive mastery of all phases of periodontal disease and treatment, and in the placement of dental implants. She is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Northeastern Society of Periodontists, and the International Team for Implantology.
In her spare time, Dr. Gardner enjoys travel, skiing, exercise, reading, and playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Beatrice (Beazie).