Dr. John J. Stropko, inventor of Stropko Irrigator, retires

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Dr. John J. Stropko, inventor of Stropko Irrigator, retires


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Dr. John J. Stropko is retiring after an extensive career. (Photo: Dental Tribune America file photo provided by Dr. John J. Stropko)

Wed. 17 March 2021


RACINE, Wis., USA: After six decades in dentistry, John J. Stropko, DDS, a microendodontist and inventor, has retired. He has handed the manufacturing and sale of the Stropko Irrigator to Vista Apex.

Dr. Stropko had an extensive career. After receiving his DDS from Indiana University in 1964, he served as a captain in the Air Force Dental Corp until 1966. For the next 24 years, he had a private practice limited to adult restorative dentistry. In 1987, he was accepted into the post-graduate endodontic program to study under Dr. Herbert Schilder at Boston University and received his Endodontic Specialty Certificate in 1989.

Dr. Stropko had many achievements in his career. In 1995, as an adjunct assistant professor, he was responsible for starting the micro-endodontic program at Boston University. He contributed to textbooks and published an extensive clinical morphology study in the Journal of Endodontics in June 1998. He is also a well-known lecturer with numerous presentations and live micro-surgical demonstrations given worldwide.

Dr. Stropko is currently the program administrator for the Horizon Dental Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. He and his wife, Barbara, currently reside in Prescott, Ariz.

“Dr. Stropko has made enormous strides in the advancement of micro-endodontics. His knowledge, commitment, and engagement made a profound difference that will have a lasting impact. We’re honored to have the opportunity to carry on his legacy,” said Scott Lamerand, CEO of Vista Apex. “The Stropko Irrigator is in capable hands at Vista Apex. Vista Apex manufactures and distributes many products designed to provide safe, efficient delivery of solutions. Stropko Irrigator helps us further that passion.”

Scott Lamerand added, “Dr. John Stropko exudes passion for dentistry. His career is evidence of that. I think that I can speak for most that we are thankful for Dr. Stropko’s contributions to the dental industry and wish him and his family the very best following his retirement. That said, I expect to speak with him regularly to be sure we continue doing things the right way.”

(Source: Vista Apex)

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