Dr. Gerstner holds a BS in Zoology from BYU, where he became interested in animal behavior and mammalogy. After graduating, he enrolled in a dual MS-DDS degree program at UCLA. As an MS student, he studied motor control in a guinea pig model of tardive dyskinesia and became interested in the nature of time and temporality in motor behavior. After completing the DDS and MS, he pursued further graduate training through an individual NIH Dentist Scientist Award. He studied Orofacial Pain management as the clinical component, and he obtained a PhD in Neuroscience, during which time he did comparative behavior studies of mammals. His work won the AADR Hatton Award.
Dr. Gerstner's current research focuses on mammalian chewing rhythmicity, its scaling mechanisms and variation sources, and on clinical studies related to obstructive sleep apnea. He is currently funded by the AADSM to study the efficacy of consumer products in home sleep apnea screening and assessment. The mammalian chewing work has included over 200 species at 33 different zoos, National Parks or wilderness areas.
Dr. Gerstner's clinical practice is limited to treating obstructive sleep apnea patients. His practice is located in Graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and in Hospital Dentistry West at 406 N. Ashley St. in Ann Arbor.