Thomas Blase, DDS, MSD
Dr. Blase was born in St. Louis and is the oldest of eight children. He graduated from high school at the age of 16, during which time he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and lettered in water polo, rifle, track and cross-country. He attended the University of Missouri and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry by age 19. Four years later he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Dental School and was off to West Berlin, Germany to begin a four year tour as a Captain in the Army Dental Corps. He left the service in 1985 to attend the graduate program in Orthodontics at St. Louis University where he earned his Master of Science Degree. Dr. Blase has practiced orthodontics in Tucson since 1987.
In 1994, Dr. Blase completed an extensive continuing education program spanning two years at the highly-regarded Roth/Williams Center for Functional Occlusion. While many new treatment techniques have been promoted since then, any new technique or appliance that is introduced to the orthodontist community is evaluated by Dr. Blase for its adherence to his treatment philosophy before being offered to a patient as a viable option. He was recently chosen by his peers as one of Tucson's top orthodontists in the Tucson Lifestyle magazine.
Dr. Blase is the product of an amazing, fun-loving, and large family! His perspective on his practice style has been greatly influenced by his close-knit family and he finds that the most enjoyable part of being an orthodontist is the ever-growing circle of friends he makes as his career progresses. He loves running into patients years after their treatments have ended to catch up on their lives and to see if they've been wearing their retainers!
Dr. Blase met his wife of nearly 30 years, Debrah, when she was the principal ballerina of the Kansas City Ballet, performing the Nutcracker. They have two children. Julia is a proud graduate of Salpointe High and Duke University, and Charles is currently in his third year of college at the University of San Diego, where he plays soccer and is pursuing an accounting degree.
Dr. Blase has enjoyed traveling and has many interesting stories about his trips to East Berlin back when the Berlin Wall was still in existence. He has appeared on the Maury Povich Show (1997), earned a brown belt in karate, danced ballet for three years while in dental school, and learned to play violin, piano, and hockey as an adult. In the past seven years, Dr. Blase has taken a number of lessons in drawing and oil painting. He loves riding around on his Vespa scooter in his attempt to preserve fuel for his current patients who are still dreaming about their driver's licenses. His favorite pastimes include golf, painting, reading, playing Call-of-Duty on xBox live, and traveling to see his children.