Dr. Cieplak graduated as a top honors student from the University of Maryland Dental School–class of 1983. He also concurrently trained at Johns Hopkins and Mercy Hospitals for sedation dentistry. While in dental school, he received the Anesthesiology Award for outstanding work in dental anesthesiology. He was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Society for conscientiousness and integrity, the Gorgas Odontological Society for Academic Honors and the Gamma Pi Delta society for Prosthetics Honors. Dr. Cieplak is one of only 3,000 dentists worldwide to achieve Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Cieplak continued training after dental school in the emerging field of Implant Dentistry by taking every major implant manufacturer sponsored training program available (academic courses were unavailable at that time). He continued training under the masters of implant dentistry culminating his training with a year at Brookdale Hospital where he achieved Fellow status in the International Congress of Oral Implantology and Associate Fellow status in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Cieplak completed the entire program at the Pankey Institute for TMJ studies, has studied under Frank Spear at the Seattle Institute, and Robert Winter in Newport Beach for advanced cosmetic and esthetic dentistry. He completed his advanced cosmetic studies with the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) in September of 2005.