Dr. Gernhofer is originally from Traverse City, MI.  He received his Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a major in Biomedical Science.  After receiving his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Dr. Gernhofer served 4 years as a dentist in the US Navy.

Prior to joining Mission Boulevard Dental Group, Dr. Gernhofer completed a General Practice Residency at

Naval Medical Center San Diego.  He then became the Dental Department Head onboard the USS TORTUGA (LSD-46), a Naval warship stationed in Sasebo, Japan. After serving 2 years at sea, Dr. Gernhofer was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego as a staff dentist.   During his time in the Navy, Dr. Gernhofer received numerous accolades including the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Dr. Gernhofer is very passionate about public service and helping those in need.  He has volunteered and performed hundreds of dental procedures in rural areas throughout the world including Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Cambodia.  He is currently a volunteer dentist with the UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project in San Diego.