Dr. George K. Stookey, Distinguished Professor of Preventive Dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, spent nearly 40 years on the faculty in the Department of Preventive Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry. During this time, he served as Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Oral Health Research Institute, Acting Dean and Executive Associate Dean, and was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 1998. He is the author or co-author of more than 230 publications in scientific journals, has conducted 321 presentations at scientific meetings and has made contributions to a dozen text and reference books. He was honored in 2002 with the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Dental Caries Research. Dr. Stookey also holds more than 20 US and international patents, among them are the formulations for Tartar Shield Pet Products. After retirement from IU, his ownership of Therametric Technologies, Inc. began.
Under the direction of President and CEO, Dr. George K. Stookey, Therametric Technologies (TTI) has developed a first class setting for the scientific advancement and testing of innovative dental products and devices. The overall mission of TTI is the development of new technologies for the detection and prevention of dental caries and other dental disorders and the commercialization of these technologies for use in both humans and companion animals. TTI is made up of five divisions including Tartar Shield Pet Products, Dental Product Laboratory Testing, Clinical Product Testing, Product Development and Quality Assurance.
For more than 2 decades the mission of Tartar Shield Pet Products has been the development of practical measures to improve the dental health of companion animals. The need for measures or products to prevent dental plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease in dogs and cats has been recognized for many years. Based upon extensive research experiences in preventive dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, a research program was initiated to address these problems.
Tartar Shield Pet Products were introduced in Indiana in June 2006 and are currently sold in veterinary hospitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Korea.