A History of Our Practice

 
 

An Overview of Vermont Orofacial Pain Associates (VOPA)

VOPA was developed over many years of practice by Dr. Jeff Crandall.  Dr. Crandall graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1974 and completed his general practice dental residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in 1975.  He subsequently practiced general dentistry in Jericho, Vermont, but rapidly became involved with the evaluation, diagnosis and management of temporomandibular disorders (TMD).  He completed an extended program in TMD and Orofacial Pain (OFP) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1984. 

Dr. Crandall has maintained a referral-based practice limited to TMD and Orofacial Pain since 1984 and in 1988 the practice was moved to 40 Timber Lane, S. Burlington, VT.  Since then the scope of practice in orofacial pain has expanded to include conditions such as headache, nerve generated pain and functional disorders, burning mouth syndrome (BMS), sleep breathing disorders (sleep apnea), etc.

In the mid-1990s Dr. Crandall worked with the Vermont State Dental Society over 4 years to pass legislation that required medical insurers to cover services provided for these “Craniofacial Disorders” in a manner equivalent to coverage for any other body parts.  Initially, this resulted in much improved patient access to care for these conditions.  However, recent trends in health insurance have substantially altered access to care and patients are finding that coverage is quite variable, depending on the contractual decisions made by their employers and insurers.

Currently, Dr. Crandall is a member of the Attending Staff in Surgery and a preceptor for the General Practice Dental Residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the International College of Dentists.  He was President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) in 2010-2011 and served as acting president for the AAOP in 2011-2012.  Dr. Crandall is serving on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Orofacial Pain as well as the Board of Directors of the American Board of Dental Specialties.