Dr. Blanche D. Grube has been in private practice at her Scranton, PA office for three decades, providing exceptional general dentistry and surgical expertise in a friendly, home-like environment. Dr. Grube holds a second doctorate in Integrative Medicine and is certified in conscious sedation. She has had extensive training in homeopathy, nutrition, iridology, colon hydrotherapy, neural therapy and acupuncture.
For the first ten years of practice Dr. Grube followed the methods of conventional dentistry. In the early 90’s a simple question from a patient changed her life’s direction. She became interested in Biological Dentistry or Holistic Dentistry as a result of a request from one of her patients asking if mercury in amalgam fillings could cause the health problems the woman was experiencing. Through a series of events Dr. Blanche connected with Dr. Hal Huggins in Colorado Springs and the stage was set for what would become a new direction in her dental practice and a collaboration that would be far-reaching in her professional career.
Over the years Dr. Grube joined Dr. Huggins in the fight against mercury amalgam and root canal placement. She has spent countless hours training with like minded practitioners under Dr. Huggins and teaching the Huggins Protocol in seminars around the world with him. Since becoming “mercury free” twenty years ago Dr. Blanche has been at the forefront of the “Biological Dentistry” movement. In October of 2011 Dr. Grube was installed as president of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). The IABDM, based in Spring, Texas, has been redefining the cutting edge of healthcare since 1985. The organization is committed to the education of holistic dentists, physicians and practitioners in the art and science of biological dentistry. As president of the IABDM, Dr. Blanche D. Grube is now at the forefront of biological dentistry for the 21st century. She will continue to expand her influence working with dentists from across the world, utilizing her thirty-plus years in practice, her countless hours of study in the field, and her advanced practical and classroom education as the catalyst to move the IABDM forward over the coming years. This is all good news for Dr. Grube’s patients.
Dr. Blanche is married to Dr. John Grube, a chiropractor, who works in the practice with her. Together they have three grown children. Dr. Blanche has a generous heart and believes in helping others. She had the honor in March of 2010 of being ordained into Knighthood. She was Knighted as a Dame in the Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope in which she is an active member. Simply put the Knights of Hope are a worldwide organization of Christian soldiers of charity who make a pledge to render assistance to humanity whenever possible. Dr Blanche holds the compassionate values of the Order close to her heart.
Dr. Blanche D. Grube graduated from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. and received her doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1982. Dr. Grube also holds a second doctorate in Integrative Medicine from Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. She received her training in conscious sedation at Albert Einstein Hospital, New York, and St. Joseph Hospital, New Jersey. She has also had extensive training in homeopathy, nutrition, iridology, colon hydrotherapy, neural therapy and acupuncture. She is a Board-Certified Biological Dentist from the IABDM and holds Fellowships from the Institute of Natural Dentistry and the Dental Association for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Grube is an accredited doctor of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and teaches for the Dr. Huggins’s Alliance.
Dr. David Villarreal
Dr. Grube's partner at Centers for Healing in Newbury Park, California Dr. Villarreal has practiced dentistry since 1985 and has spent most of his time in Southern California. Doctor Villarreal is also a member of I.A.B.D.M. Dr. David completed his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and also has a BS in Biology from Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, The American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. Dr. David began his education in Biological Dentistry along with Dr. Blanche at their first Dr. Huggins Seminar back in 1992 in Colorado Springs. He and Dr. Grube have taken extensive studies with Dr. Huggins since that time and have made Biological Dentistry their life’s passion. Dr. Villarreal may be one of the doctors performing your dental revision when you visit our Scranton office. You will also see Dr. Villarreal working closely with Dr. Blanche Grube in their new Centers for Healing office in Newbury Park, California.
Dr. Villarreal’s hobbies include surfing, skiing and enjoys spending time with his two sons. Dr. Villarreal’s favorite vacation spots are Fiji, Africa, Australia, Mexico, and the Maldives Islands. Dr. V will now be acquiring some East Coast hobbies since he will be spending lots of time in Scranton, Pennsylvania working with Dr. Blanche.
Dr. Derek Grieco
Dr. Derek Grieco is the newest member of the Centers for Healing team. Several days a month Dr. Derek travels from his home in southwestern Pennsylvania to the Centers for Healing East Coast clinic of Dr. Blanche Grube in Scranton Pennsylvania to preform dental revisions.
Derek Grieco has been in practice since 1993. He specialized in general dentistry for many years. In the late 1990’s a good friend who is a chiropractor encouraged Dr. Grieco to begin investigating biological dentistry and safe mercury removal. He turned to the IAOMT and Dr. Hal Huggins. Since that time biological dentistry has become Dr. Grieco’s life passion. He has received extensive training by Dr. Huggins and Dr. Blanche Grube in the Huggins/Grube safe mercury removal protocol and related modalities. Dr. Grieco has a real passion for his patient’s health and wellbeing and loves to assist each in achieving their wellness goals through biological dentistry. He is a member of the IABDM and the Huggins Alliance.
Dr. Derek has been married for close to twenty years and has four teenage children. His hobbies include exercise and physical fitness and are mostly centered around his children’s sporting activities. He loves cooking with organic foods, organic gardening and juicing.
Dr. John Grube - Owner/Chiropractor
Dr. John Grube has had a heart for healing since he was a young man. He became interested in nutrition while listening to a talk by a nutritionist who spoke of the importance of eating whole foods and staying away from processed foods for better health. This discussion set a new direction for his life back in the ‘70s.
Dr. John Grube’s chiropractic practice is located in the same friendly homelike facility as Dr. Blanche’s dental practice. Dr. John brings his expertise in chiropractic and nutrition to the combined practices. Dr. John Grube has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from Queens College in New York City, he received his chiropractic doctoral degree in 1981. He and Dr. Blanche both received a second doctoral degree in Integrative Medicine from Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC. Through these advanced studies combined with hundreds of hours of continuing education for close to 30 years Dr. John has amassed quite a set of skills to treat his patients. Dr. John is a Master Muscle Tester and utilizes this non-evasive diagnostic tool to help create the best treatment plan across the spectrum of chiropractic manipulation, nutrition counseling and supplementation. He finds that his patients get the best results when he combines these three modalities in their treatment but emphasis that proper nutrition is key to healing the body. Dr. John is continually looking for ways to serve his patients better. Whatever health problems a patient brings to Dr. John, whether they are structural, biochemical or psychological, he utilizes combined treatments to achieve healing. Both Doctors John and Blanche work together closely to achieve the best outcome possible for each patient.
Judy has been with the practice since 1994 and must complete the impossible daily by trying to manage the appointment book. Judy has acquired an immense amount of knowledge in the field of Holistic Dentistry over the years and can answer almost any question. Most likely she will be the one to answer your call to set up a consultation and do your new patient interview and record taking. Judy is also patient coordinator for Dr. John Grube’s Chiropractic Practice. In that role she schedules patients, coordinates appointments and handles billing & insurance matters.
Judy is married with three grown children and 3 grandchildren. She loves to dance in her spare time. Judy’s friendly nature and easy manner makes her a natural for her job at the front desk and you'll always find her at her post ready to greet you with a smile.
Becky-Chief Dental Assistant
Becky is more than the practice’s chief dental assistant she's Blanche's right hand woman. Becky has been at the practice for more than 16 years. She came with no previous dental training but today is probably the region’s best dental assistant and Dr. Blanche will back that up 100%. Aside from assisting in surgery and dental procedures Becky also takes x-rays, impressions and dental record taking.
Becky is married and has five grown children and 17 grandchildren, she brings a sunny disposition to the office and you're sure to enjoy her company and professional expertise.
Rose is the newest member of the support staff coming with the practice 5 years ago. She is Dr. David Villarreal’s primary dental assistant when he is at the Scranton office. Rose assists in surgery and dental procedures, impressions and backs up Judy on the phone working with patients and coordinating new patients. Rose is married with two grown children.
Jackie is the Licensed Massage Therapist for Dr. Blanche Grube since 2006. She graduated from the Massage Arts Center of Philadelphia in 2004. Jackie provides acupressure massage to each amalgam removal patient to jump start detoxing and to promote healing. Each massage also contains other modalities that she has learned such as the following: Swedish, shiatsu, reflexology, myo-fascial release and craniosacral therapies. Jackie loves to smile and bring these healing treatments to each patient.
Jackie is married and very excited to be expecting her first child.
Dr. Hal Huggins has long been one of the world’s most controversial dentists because of his stand on the use of mercury in fillings and the placement of root canals. He received a post-doctorate Master's from the University of Colorado, with an emphasis on immunology/toxicology and has been in practice and consultation for nearly 50 years.
Dr. Huggins has lectured all over the world and authored several books. He is currently a consultant worldwide for multi-disciplined centers and founder of the Multi-Discipline Alliance of professionals who practice the Huggins Protocol for recovery from autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Grube credits Dr. Hal Huggins with saving her life by diagnosing leukemia from a blood chemistry test in 1992 when she was at her first Hal Huggins education seminar in Colorado Springs. For more than 50 years the life’s work and research of Dr. Huggins has been at the forefront of controversy in dentistry.
Dr. Barbara Harvey MD - Consultant
Barbara J. Harvey, M.D.
I am a board-certified internist, graduating from Yale Medical School in 1986. I have always been interested in getting to the root cause of a problem whenever possible. I have myself recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, infertility, brain fog, etc. My goal in my practice is to do my best to help my patients recover from symptoms or prevent them. More and more the people who seek my help are suffering from the effects of the thousands of chemicals and heavy metals in our environment including dental amalgam. Read my story below if you are interested but, Dr. Blanche Grube was instrumental in me regaining my health and my life through the removal of my dental amalgams. Dr. Grube and I now consult with each other on medical matters pertaining to our patients.
I have prescribed and worked with bio-identical hormones now for ten years, and use them myself. I work with clients on an entire range of medical problems and diagnoses, not just chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, autoimmune diseases, but high blood pressure, diabetes and the other illnesses we were trained to treat in medical school. Again I try to get to the root cause of all these problems.
My Story (read more)
Dr. John Trowbridge - Consultant
Graduating high school as an Eagle Scout and National Merit Scholar, I was educated at Stanford (Biological Sciences, with graduate courses in immunology, biochemistry, and pharmacology), Case Western Reserve (Medical), and the Florida Institute of Technology Medical Research Institute (Preventive Medicine). I received graduate training in general and urological surgery (San Francisco and University of Texas/Houston). I chose to start a general practice of medicine in Humble, next to the Bush Intercontinental Airport, in 1978. Since then, my post-graduate training has been extensive and expansive, and I’m recognized internationally as an expert in several advanced anti-aging/longevity treatment strategies. Just for fun, I served as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and as the chief medical consultant to Texas International Airlines, which bought and merged into Continental Airlines.
A Bantam Books bestselling author, I’ve written several popular books and articles on The Yeast Syndrome, toxic heavy metals and chronic illness, heart disease, and arthritis treatments.(read more)
Christopher Shade PhD. - Consultant
Christopher W. Shade, Ph.D. is at the forefront of detoxification when it comes to mercury in the human body and the environment. He consults with Dr. Grube from his base at Quicksilver Scientific in Lafayette, Colorado regarding the best ways to detox the dental patient of heavy metals including dental mercury. Dr. Shade’s advanced skills in the detox process are one more reason The Dr. Blanche D. Grube Clinic is the place to have your dental revision performed. Dr. Shade obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees from Lehigh University in environmental and aqueos chemistry. During his Ph.D. work, Dr. Shade patented analytical technology for mercury speciation analysis and later founded Quicksilver Scientific, LLC in order to commercialize this technology. Shortly after starting Quicksilver Scientific, Dr. Shade turned his focus to the human aspects of mercury exposure/toxicity and the human detoxification system. He has since developed specific clinical analytical techniques for measuring mercury exposure and a system of products for toxic metals removal.