Dale M. Gallagher, DDS
509-DSC_1384-2Dr. Gallagher has practiced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Austin, Texas, since 1984. He is one of the only oral surgeons in central Texas to complete two years of residency training in anesthesiology. Dr. Gallagher feels that, “As oral surgeons, we perform a lot of surgery in our office, and I wanted to be optimally prepared to offer a full range of pain control and anesthesia to my patients. We can provide safe, effective anesthesia for people of all ages, from small children to the elderly. It is normal for people to be apprehensive about surgery, so comprehensive anesthesia training and experience benefits everyone, particularly very nervous patients.”

Dr. Gallagher was born in Riverside, California. Growing up, his father served in the U.S. Air Force, so his family traveled and lived in many states and countries, including Hawaii and the Philippines. As a youth, Dr. Gallagher became an Eagle Scout, and as an adult became a scout leader. He earned advanced Boy Scout adult certifications in Wood Badge and Powder Horn.

Dr. Gallagher attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology. He received his doctorate in dentistry (DDS) from New York University College of Dentistry in New York, New York, in June 1977. Following this, he completed his first year of anesthesiology residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical School in New York, New York, in June 1978. His second year of fellowship training in anesthesiology was completed at the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, in June 1979. In 1979, he became a Diplomate in the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA).

Dr. Gallagher finished three years of oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, in June 1982. He completed certification for membership in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in 1981, and passed the examinations to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) in 1984.

During his residency training he also performed clinical research, co-authored many scientific papers, presented lectures at many national scientific meetings, and contributed to textbooks about the correction of facial deformities, as well as other topics. Dr. Gallagher served as a lecturer/surgeon to the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Surgery in Melbourne, Australia, where he demonstrated reconstructive surgery. He also donated his surgical skills performing cleft lip and palate operations in Guatemala City for the non-profit “Heal the Children” project and also took part in the Honduras Medical Mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Following his residency training, he enjoyed private practice and taught medical students and residents at the Brown University Medical School and hospitals in Providence, Rhode Island. A year later he declined the opportunity for a teaching position with private practice opportunities in Rhode Island to pursue his longtime goal of living and practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Gallagher is married, and he and his wife have four children and one grandchild. In his spare time, Dr. Gallagher enjoys beekeeping, ranching, and tending a large garden.

Dr. Gallagher is a member of the following organizations:

    • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
    • American Dental Association
    • Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Texas Dental Association
    • Capital Area Dental Society

Meet Our Team


Dr. Dale Gallagher is honored to work with a highly knowledgeable, friendly team that goes above and beyond to provide a pleasant experience for our patients. We follow the Golden Rule, treating patients the way we want to be treated and addressing every concern. We invite you to learn more about the enthusiastic, welcoming individuals who assist our oral surgeon in providing high-quality services in Austin, Texas.

Corinna has been our treatment/insurance coordinator since May of 2008. As a previous patient of Dr. Dale Gallagher, she has a thorough understanding of patient concerns. She enjoys making a difference in patients’ lives as she walks with them through their care. Seeing a patient at the end of his or her appointment is a very rewarding experience. Corinna’s favorite part of her job is working with an amazing team that is always ready to help and encourage one another. She has one daughter, Mia.

Iris became one of our surgical assistants in February of 2015. She graduated with her AA degree from Temple College and is now a RDA certified in Radiology, Nitrous Oxide, OSHA, HIPAA and CPR. She radiates a positive attitude every day and strives to increase her knowledge in the field. Iris is originally from the Pacific Northwest but has lived in Texas since 2007. In her free time, she loves traveling with her fiancé, spending time with friends and family, and taking her Jack Russell Terrier, Dottie, to the park and lake.

Tara joined our team as a surgical assistant in February of 2016, after moving from New Orleans, LA. She received her RDA in 1996 and is compliant in radiology, CPR, OSHA, and HIPAA. She is happy to have found a team who shares her core beliefs and values. Tara has a nurturing quality that she combines with passion and an underlying commitment to patients’ overall wellness. Her free time is dedicated to her role as a certified yoga instructor in the North Austin area. She has one son who attends St. Edward’s University.

Nancy has been our administrator and treatment coordinator for over 12 years. In her education, she focuses on computer networking, CPR, OSHA, and HIPAA. She has 24 years of experience in the field of oral surgery and is a member of the JAWS society for oral surgery administrators and AADOM. Her favorite part of working with our practice is our team’s dedication to providing patients with quality care. Nancy emphasizes on importance of the patients’ experiences and ensures that patients leave as new friends. She is always looking for new ways to improve our customer service. Nancy is married and has one son.

Diana has been our financial coordinator since September 2005. She has an AAS in Medical Office Management and is certified in OSHA, HIPPA, CPR and is a Notary Public for the State of Texas. Diana is cross trained to work in the front office, takes the initiative and is very proactive. She enjoys educating our patients on their overall health and seeing a positive change. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, spending time with her husband and their five dogs: Bruno, PeeWee, Dino, Charlie, and Fiona.