Dr. Gesko grew up in Anoka, Minnesota and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana prior to returning to Minnesota where he completed his dental education at the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry. After receiving his DDS degree, he completed a residency in General Practice at the Veterans Association Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Following that, he operated a private dental practice in Bozeman, Montana.
Prior to joining HealthPartners, Dr. Gesko was the Associate Dental Director for Kaiser
Permanente/Permanente Dental Associates (PDA) in Portland, Oregon for 20 years. In the
northwest, PDA (a private, dentist-owned group practice) consisted of 120 dentists and
operating 17 dental offices.
Dr. Gesko is passionate about integrating medical and dental care and applying growing
evidence-based research to care delivery. “There is significant evidence linking oral health and overall health. As an integrated organization, HealthPartners holds a key role in exploring this relationship and managing the members and patients we serve to deliver optimal overall
Dr. Gesko serves on several national panels looking at oral health quality measurement
including the National Quality Forum (NQF) Expert Panel on Oral Health and the National
Leadership Committee on Oral Health sponsored by the DentaQuest Institute. Both of these
groups are working to build national consensus on guidelines for prevention and disease
management in oral health care and to facilitate implementation of those guidelines into the
care, policy, and financing systems.
Dr. Gesko has 2 children, daughter Tracey resides with her husband and 2 young children in themPacific Northwest and son, Sam, who is attending the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gesko resides with his wife, Leslie, in Excelsior.
Dr. Gesko was appointed for a four year term by Governor Mark Dayton in 2012 as a board
member for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry