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Dr. Peter M. Virga

Dr. Virga is devoted to lifelong learning and providing impeccable care with integrity and sensitivity for his patients. He believes his education in dentistry only started when he graduated from dental school. 

Dr. Virga has been the managing partner at Watertown Dental Health Group since 1999. He has led the office to embrace technology at the highest levels resulting in streamlined advanced care for their patients.

Dr. Virga has been on staff at Spear Education, Scottsdale, Arizona since 2010. He is a member of the Visiting Faculty. The Spear Visiting Faculty is a by-invitation group of doctors who represent the very best of the profession of dentistry. Recognized by their peers for their professional dedication and clinical skills, they devote time to mentor and guide other dentists to reach the same level of excellence.

Dr. Virga has furthered his education and clinical skills through regular, intensive, hands-on workshops, seminars and lecture classes.

Dr. Virga has completed over 1300 hours of continuing education over the last ten years. Most dentists seek the minimum hours required of 15 per year.

Dr. Virga is confident he is a leader among dentists in the North Country in this regard as well as nationally.

Dr. Virga gives back through his work with Spear Open Wide Foundation. He is an Ambassador for Open Wide. Open Wide is a non-profit organization on a mission to bring lasting change to the state of oral health in underserved communities worldwide.

Dr. Virga has traveled to Guatemala several times to treat local patients at the Open Wide Clinic in the small town of Peronia.

His personal mentor is the CEO and founder of the Spear Education, Imtiaz Manji, universally considered a true visionary in dental education. 

Dr. Virga is currently the leader of a Spear Education Study club in Syracuse. In the past he has led Spear study clubs in Watertown NY and Scottsdale Arizona.

Dr. Virga was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent his childhood growing up in Long Island. He attended Southampton College of Long Island University where he studied Biology with emphasis on Marine Biology. He was a four-year starting goaltender on the lacrosse team and was selected captain his junior and senior seasons. He was ranked nationally in save percentage all four years.

Dr. Virga completed one year at Hofstra University School of Graduate Studies majoring in Oral Biology.

Dr. Virga was accepted to Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1984 and graduated in 1988 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Virga has been practicing in Watertown for over 30 years at the Watertown Dental Health Group. 

Dr. Virga was the Dentist at Samaritan Keep Nursing Home while on staff at Samaritan Medical Center from 1993 through 2011.

Happily married to wife Janicca, Dr. Virga has four children. Caitlin has a Phd in Clinical Psychology and practices in Illinois. Michael is the Specialty Portfolio Sales Representative at Craft Brewers Guild of Boston. Ava is in ninth grade while Sienna is in seventh. 

Dr. Virga nourishes his creative side with watching girls lacrosse (preferably involving his daughters), photography, cooking and spends as much time as possible with his family.

1983 Bachelor of Science Biology

Southampton College, Southhampton N.Y.

1988 Doctor of Dental Surgery

Georgetown University School of Dentistry Washington D.C.

1988-Present Managing Partner Watertown Dental Health Group Watertown N.Y.

1993-2011 Dental Coordinator Samaritan Medical Center Samaritan Keep Nursing Home

2010-Present Visiting Faculty Spear Education Scottsdale Arizona


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