Dr. Bare and his two older sisters were all born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating from Western High School, he attended the University of Kentucky and completed his undergraduate education in 1976. Upon obtaining his Bachelors degree, he then enrolled in the University of Louisville’s Master’s in Art and Teaching Program. While working on his Master’s Degree, he was accepted to the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and graduated with his DMD in 1982. During his senior year he was awarded a Fellowship from the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnosis, and assisted with research involving head and neck cancers.
Upon graduation from dental school, he was an associate in two local offices and became a Gratis Faculty member at his alma mater. Shortly afterwards, an opportunity arose to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, and he joined a large practice in the downtown district that concentrated primarily in TMD and chronic head and neck pain. It was during this time that Dr. Bare was introduced to various diagnostic and treatment methods in dealing with the “chronic pain” patient.
A few years later, he completed an Orofacial Pain/ TMD residency at the University of Kentucky, headed by Dr. Jeff Okeson – a world renowned expert and leader in the field of temporomandibular joint dysfunctions, and treatment of patient’s suffering from chronic head and neck pain. In 1994, Dr. Bare became one of a select few dentists to have achieved the status of Diplomate in the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Today there are only a total of 216 practitioners world-wide to have gained this special recognition.
Over the next several years, his interest in various other aspects of dentistry developed, and he completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate education and training, including attending esthetic dentistry continuums through the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI), and the Hornbrook Group. Following completion of his advanced training, Dr. Bare joined a very large “cosmetically oriented” practice in southern Indiana, where he practiced for the next several years, until returning to the Nashville area.
In 2009, he accepted a position to become an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Division of General Dentistry. While there, he was involved with the direct day-to-day treatment and management of many patients who were experiencing serious, and often life threatening, health issues. The bonds that were created there have resulted in several of his previous patients following him to his current practice location – many traveling greater than 50 miles. Dr. Bare loves the idea of taking his time to meet and discussing each person’s desires and goals, and then establishing a professional relationship of friendship, trust, and high quality of care with each guest that walks through his office.
Over his career of nearly 34 years, he has participated and belonged to a multitude of professional organizations, including the ADA, the Kentucky Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Southern Indiana Dental Society, the American Orthodontic Society, DOCS (for conscious sedations), Smiles for Life, and many, many others.
At the present time Dr. Bare has decided to pursue and expand his interest in a related, but often undiagnosed, area of snoring and other sleep disorders, and how this effects his patient’s teeth, and quality of their life. His office and team are also proud to provide their guests with the latest in the detection of harmful bacteria (OralDNA testing) that have been linked to other systemic health issues (ie: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, low birth-weight babies, and some forms of cancer), as well as the latest in the treatment and management of these contributing factors and the effects they have on the supporting soft tissue (periodontal disease, painful and bleeding gums, loose teeth, bad breath, etc).