Dr. Neal Locker grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, before joining the army and going to Vietnam. He attended Rutgers University and went on to get his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry at New Jersey Dental School. Following dental school, Dr. Locker served in the Air Force and spent three years at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. He then joined the U.S. Public Health Service and served for one year on a Navajo reservation.

Dr. Locker moved back to New Jersey to practice dentistry, then moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. After years of working with other dentists, he established his own practice in 1994. Gentle Family Dentistry moved to Duncansville in 1999.

Dr. Locker enjoys spending time with his family and became a grandfather for the first time in 2011. He is happy in this new chapter of his life!



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sorry. So by the time I got out of the army, I had changed my mind, I didn’t really want to be a Veterinarian anymore. I went straight into Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. I thought about dentistry because everybody wants a beautiful smile and I thought I could help people attain that self confidence. When I got out of dental school I joined the Air Force and went in as a dentist and I practiced dentistry in the Air Force for three years. So I got out of the Air Force and joined the public health service and went to the Navajo reservation where I worked for a year. Eventually we moved back to New Jersey where I already had my license to practice dentistry and I went to work for some group practices and had worked for them for some years until we moved here to Pennsylvania and after a couple of years decided okay it’s about time to open my own practice. I was 44 at that point and it has been great. We are in a wonderful location and I have the most incredible dental staff in the world, I love them. I love what                                                                                                                           

when I got into the Army and got into the Veterinary Corp that handed me a hose and a shovel and said here you go and I said I wasn’t planning on working at that end, I’m                              

I do, still after 20 years as a private dentist in my own practice, I still love what I do. I enjoy making people smile. I enjoy helping them. I enjoy doing painless dentistry.

I knew I wanted to be a doctor all along, originally I thought I wanted to be a Veterinarian but           

Dr. Neal Locker DMD
Gentle Family Dentistry

510 Third Avenue Duncansville, PA 16635


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