San Antonio Dentist 78251 W Dental Group, Dr. WatkinsThomas R. Watkins

Dr. Tom Watkins, or Dr. Tom as he is commonly known, is originally from the small west Texas town of Levelland.  It is there that he met his wife of 28+ years.  Together they have two grown children and a grandson on the way.  Dr. Tom is overjoyed to become a grandfather.

His personal motto, “Loving to live by living to love,” is evident in all aspects of his life.  Every year Dr. Tom travels along with a group of other caring individuals to Guatemala to provide dental care for those in need.  He plans to continue doing so for many, many years to come.  Dr. Tom enjoys active pastimes like mountain biking, hiking and fishing (especially deep sea fishing), and some not-so-active pastimes like good ‘ol backyard sit-under-the-tree visiting with friends and family.  He is also an active member of his church and his serving spirit permeates his work.


  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Education Association
  • American Orthodontic Society
  • American Endodontic Society
  • American Society of Dental Anesthesia
  • Texas Dental Association


  • Full Clinical Professor at UTHSCSA, Dept. of Comprehensive Dentistry, 30+ years
  • Texas Tech University,  with honors
  • U.S. AirForce Health Professions Scholarship
  • University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), with honors
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Commander’s Commendation Award
  • Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry
  • SA District Dental Society


 Dr. Gary M. Gradke

In 2017, W Dental Group welcomes Dr. Gary M Gradke to our family of practitioners. Dr. Gradke received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. He then received his DDS degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1971. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he continued his studies at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, receiving a master’s degree in biomedical sciences. While attending the UT Dental Branch in Houston, he completed a four year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency. He opened his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1977, and continued in that practice until 2017.

As an examiner for the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) for the last 10 years, Dr. Gradke has held the distinguished title of Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons since 1979.

He has practiced all aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the past. He currently has a special interest in dental implantology and dentoalveolar surgery. His greatest interest away from dentistry is fly fishing and has traveled to three continents pursuing this hobby. He previously was an active participant in the Arizona Cutting Horse Association where he was president in 1987. He was fortunate to have won two American Quarter Horse Association Championships as a rider of his cutting horse in 1985 and 1986.

He is married to his wife, Paula, for 46 years. They have three sons and ten wonderful grandchildren, and he relocated to San Antonio to be near to them.