After undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Branstetter graduated in the top 3% of his class at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1980. He and his wife, Susan, then moved to Tohatchi, New Mexico, where Dr. Branstetter, as a lieutenant in the Indian Health Service, provided dental care on the Navajo Indian Reservation. This was an intense working and learning environment with tremendous experience and training in all specialties of dental practice.
Dr. Branstetter returned to his home town of Horse Cave after an older brother, also a dentist, died in an auto accident. Purchasing and leading a private practice began a new phase of challenges and learning. While attending business management training in 1985, Dr. Branstetter met Dr. Jerald Sherer. In December of 1988, after seven years working solo in Horse Cave, Kentucky, he moved to Jasper, Alabama, and joined Dr. Sherer's practice. Dr. Sherer retired in mid 1997.
A life of adventure and learning has been a consistent theme for Dr. Branstetter, and his passions are many. Some say that "his hobby is hobbies!" Growing up near Mammoth Cave National Park, he spent 20 years or more as a serious and dedicated cave researcher and explorer. He was a member of teams that discovered and surveyed many miles of previously unknown underground passageways and rivers and was an integral part of the discovery that firmly established Mammoth Cave as the longest cave in the world. Dr. Branstetter has explored caves in eight states and Mexico, and he has rappelled the 512 foot Fantastic Pit, the deepest vertical pit in the United States. He is certified in scuba, has tried sky diving, and has climbed numerous mountains in the western United States, including the highest peak in the lower 48, as well the third highest peak in North America, Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. Dr. Branstetter and Susan have rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, canoed the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, have backpacked and camped extensively, and have in recent years enjoyed cross-country travels on their motorcycle. Examples of his life-long love of photography can be found on the walls of his office and is highlighted in an ongoing slide show in his reception room. In the last decade, Dr. Branstetter has been a cyclist, logging over 34,000 miles and completing numerous century (100 mile) rides.
For over 30 years Dr. Branstetter has consistently studied and applied the art and science of modern dentistry. He loves his work and invites you to take advantage of his passion for excellence and years of experience.