About Our Practice
Founded in 1990, the practice of Scott A. Gradwell, DMD., FAGD, P.C. provides a full range of compassionate, professional implant dentistry and periodontic services. Our practice is staffed with highly skilled dental professionals who genuinely care about you, your oral health, and general wellbeing. We are based in Allentown, PA and serve patients from across the Lehigh Valley communities.
From our beginning, Dr. Gradwell and our team have focused on providing patients with modern, thorough care and services. We are proud to have built a strong referral network with general dentistry practices and patients throughout the area. Every member of our team takes great pride in delivering the highest level of care, while assuring you are comfortable and informed during every phase of your treatment.
Meet Dr. Gradwell
Scott A. Gradwell, D.M.D, is a native of the Lehigh Valley who lives in Fogelsville. An alumnus of Parkland High School; Albright College, Reading, PA; and Temple University Dental School, Philadelphia. Dr. Gradwell completed his residency in Periodontics and Implantology at Temple University.
Dr. Gradwell began his professional career 1988, working during his residency program with Dr. I. Jay Freedman and Associates of Abington, PA. He and Dr. Freedman have maintained their professional relationship for thirty years, and continue to provide periodontal therapy and dental implant treatment for their mutual patients in Abington, PA. In 1990 Dr. Gradwell established a private practice in Allentown, PA.
Dr. Gradwell is active on staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital/LVHN. In the twenty-seven years since he joined the staff, he has served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Dentistry, and as Clinical Chief of Periodontics. Currently serving on the teaching staff at LVHN, Dr. Gradwell pursues one of his life’s passions as an instructor in the hospital’s Dental Residency program. He has received the Teacher of the Year award three times in recognition of his dedication to teaching and his commitment to excellence in education.
• Fellow, American Academy of General Dentistry
• Fellow, American College of Dentists
• Fellow, International College of Dentists
• American Academy of Implant Dentistry
• American Academy of Periodontology
• American Dental Association
• American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
• Montgomery Bucks Dental Society
• Pennsylvania Dental Association
• Lehigh Valley Dental Society
Utilizing the Latest Technology
Dr. Gradwell prioritizes the need to remain up to date with new periodontal and implant surgical techniques, so he attends national and international continuing education programs every year. He is a graduate of the Hybridge Dental Implant Institute, Las Vegas, NV. He successfully completed the Chao Pinhole Technique Seminar, mastering the periodontal restorative procedure pioneered by Dr. John Chao of Alhambra, CA. Implant Direct™ recognizes Dr. Gradwell as a major contributor to implant dentistry. He received his license in Intravenous Conscious Sedation from New York’s Montefiore Medical School. As a result, Dr. Gradwell is able to provide comfortable care to patients who suffer dental anxiety as well as to patients whose physical disabilities dictate the need for sedation.
Dr. Gradwell, Eagle Scout, is enthusiastically involved in community service. He served for eight years on the board of the Lehigh County Senior Center. The Center achieved significant progress under his leadership during Dr. Gradwell’s two years as board President. He also served on the Occupational Advisory Council for the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute. He volunteers his time to cook for Daybreak, a part of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches. An Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Dr. Gradwell taught 4th grade in the church’s Sunday school program for fifteen years.
Representing OraPharma, then a part of Johnson & Johnson’s Personal Products unit, Dr. Gradwell has lectured nationally on Arestin® antibiotic periodontal disease treatment. From 2003 to 2005 he participated in educational programs offering detailed information on Arestin® use and local delivery to dentists in the Midwest, and in local educational programs.
Participation in local and international mission work is an important part of Dr. Gradwell’s life. He is active in the Pennsylvania Dental Association Mission of Mercy (“MOM”), an outreach program for disadvantaged Pennsylvanians. “MOM” dentists and specialists treat approximately 2000 patients statewide every year.
Each spring Dr. Gradwell travels to Honduras with fellow members of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, to work as an oral surgeon at Manos Amigos Clinic. He also travels yearly to Zambia, Malawi, Africa for ten days in association with “Villages in Partnership”. There he started the first dental clinic in Zambia province. During his time in Africa Dr. Gradwell treats patients at the dental clinic and in the surrounding villages. With an eye toward the future, a young man from Malawi currently attends dental school under Dr. Gradwell’s sponsorship, and hopes eventually to operate the clinic there.
Dr. Gradwell’s recognition includes:
• Chairmanship, DESERV Program, providing dental care for underprivileged children
• Recipient, “Teacher of the Year” award from LVHN Residency Program
• Recipient,“ Man of the Year” award from Community Services for Children
• Recipient, “Young Alumni” award from Albright College
• Recipient, 2018 Service Award from Second District Dental Association
Life Outside the Office
When he isn’t working Dr. Gradwell enjoys spending time with his three adult children, Ashley, Sean and Lauren. He actively pursues spirituality for balance in his life. He is a contributor to local 4H programs, being personally interested in sheep farming. He renovated and restored his 10-acre farm in Fogelsville, PA, where he is always learning and implementing new organic gardening and farming techniques.
Meet Our Team
Kathy - Office Administrator
Kathy Cassel has been our Office Administrator since 1991. She is happy to answer any questions about our practice, payment policy, your account status, or your insurance plan. Kathy's longevity with the practice has helped to provide a continuous flow of quality throughout the years. Kathy and her husband, Steve, are actively involved in Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg. Kathy is busy in her professional and personal life. She and her husband have three active children who enjoy participating in many sports in the Southern Lehigh School District.
Heather - Surgical Dental Assistant
Heather Walp has been Dr. Gradwell's surgical dental assistant since 2000. She is a 1996 graduate of the Lehigh Valley Dental Assisting Institute. Heather is very knowledgeable in all aspects of periodontal and dental implant procedures. She is always willing to take the time to answer any of your questions relating to your treatment plan and postoperative care. Heather maintains meticulous attention to detail in all she does, surgically and with patient care.
She enjoys camping and relaxing days at their pool with her husband and daughter. Her daughter also keeps her very busy with her swimming, soccer and dance schedules. Heather also takes care of all the marketing needs of our office.
Rachel - Surgical Dental Assistant
Rachel Plechavy has been Dr. Gradwell's surgical dental assistant since 2013. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of periodontal and dental implant procedures. Rachel has a genuine care for each patient, and brings a wonderful dynamic to our office setting. She graduated from Lehigh Valley Dental Assisting School in 2012 and has been a great addition to our staff. Rachel enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and family.
Anne - Typist
Anne Spreng is our office typist. She is responsible for typing the letters that Dr. Gradwell dictates for each patient who is treated in our office. These letters are sent to our patients’ general dentists, keeping them informed of the care that Dr. Gradwell has provided. Anne holds a BA in Communications Studies from Cedar Crest College and is a freelance writer and copy editor. An avid knitter, she’s an admitted “yarn snob” with a preference for cashmere.
Rebecca - Registered Dental Hygienist
Rebecca Mawson is our Registered Dental Hygienist. She is a 1995 graduate of Northampton Community College. She practices in our office on Fridays and also practices part time in two other dental offices as well. Dr. Gradwell is very excited to have Becky as a part of his dental team. Becky has all the qualities a dentist would look for in a dental hygienist: kind chairside manner, clinical expertise, and a passion for hygiene! Becky and her husband are busy parents of three sons. She is also a church youth leader in her church.