Dr. Jerry Gropper in 1985 was treated for chemical dependency and upon discharge worked as an Addiction Counselor while attending Georgia State University Masters Program in Community Counseling. He graduated from GSU in 1987 and worked as a Primary Therapist with the Talbott Recovery Program in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1989, he was appointed Clinical and Executive Director of the Talbott Recovery Campus and later the Chief Operations Officer of Anchor Hospital.
In 1996, Dr. Jerry Gropper became an Associate Professor at Middle College of Georgia and with Dr. Dirkson, Associate Dean, developed an Addiction Prevention Program for dental students. While at the Talbott Program, he developed a National Treatment Program for the treatment of chemically dependent dentists. In 1997, Dr. Gropper was inducted into OKU Honor Society at MCG. He has lectured extensively before Dental Schools, Associates, Dental and Medical Licensing Boards, and the American Dental Association. He resigned from the Talbott Program in 2000 and served as a consultant to the Bradford Health Professional Program in Warrior, Alabama and then as a consultant to the Metropolitan Recovery Residences in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Jerry Gropper has written many articles on addiction and recovery and contributed a chapter to Clarks Clinical Dentistry in 1997, titled Addiction and Progressive Self-Destructive Behaviors in Dentists, published by CV Mosby, Inc. He has personally treated more than 500 chemically dependent and dually diagnosed dentists and taken part in the treatment of several thousand physicians and other addicted health professionals.
In 2005, Dr. Gropper relocated to Florida and became a consultant to the Professional Resource Network, which is the Florida Department of Health’s monitoring program. He has worked closely with the Florida Board of Dentistry in rehabilitating addicted dentists and dental hygienists. The Florida Dental Association honored Dr. Gropper in May of 2011 for 25 years of achievement in restoring chemically dependent dentists to health and returning them to their profession. Dr. Gropper served 3 years as a member of the Dental Well Being Council of the American Dental Association.