A personal message from Dr. Bill Coakley, Jr…
“I could never have imagined back in 1975, when I started my dental practice, that 41 years later I would still enjoy doing dentistry as much as I do. I have always tried to remember what a dental instructor told me as a student, ‘Always remember that you are treating a patient as well as a tooth.’ Keeping this mantra in mind, I have always strived to help my patients to good oral health in a kind and compassionate way. I have always wanted my patients to leave the office with a smile on their face (even if the local anesthesia makes that difficult!).
There are so many people I have been fortunate enough to treat and they have all touched my life in some way or other. Our families have grown up together and I am now treating third generation patients! My patients have become my friends and the support I have received throughout the years has been unbelievable. I give thanks to all who have given me the privilege of treating their dental needs over all of these years.
“My success would not be possible without my wife Gail, my son BJ, my staff, and of course, our loyal patients. Having come a long way from the early days of Gail and myself wearing many hats, it is a treasure to be able to work with my son every day and share ideas as colleagues. I could have never imagined coming this far and am so proud of present day Coakley Family Dental.”
Dr. William J. Coakley, Jr. was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, but grew up in Pennsylvania. He attended St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. Coakley competed on the St. Joseph’s College swim team, achieving All-American recognition in 1968. Following graduation from St. Joseph’s College, he graduated from New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Coakley was drafted prior to his graduation and spent 2 years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, serving most of his commitment at Ft. McClellan in Alabama. He received an award for Meritorious Service while serving. After and honorable discharge from the Army, Dr. Coakley married the lovely Mrs. Gail Coakley, and together they opened their dental practice in Leominster, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1975.
Dr. Bill and his wife Gail have been married for 41 years, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Dr. Coakley enjoys spending time with family, golfing, and watching Boston sports teams.
Dr. Coakley is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and the Wachusett District Dental Society. He has served on the Council of Dental Care as a Delegate for Massachusetts Dental Society. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Oak Hill Country Club and is presently the treasurer of the Golf Committee.