Dr. Petrarca graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Boston College in 1992 and received his dental degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1996. He completed a two-year post-graduate residency training program in Pediatric Dentistry at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he served as chief resident during his second year of training.
Dr. Petrarca returned to the Boston Metropolitan area in 1998 and after working in a private pediatric dental office for nearly five years he joined Children's Dental Associates in 2003. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. Additionally, he enjoys spending time teaching and mentoring the residents in pediatric dentistry as a member of the Courtesy Teaching Staff at Boston Children's Hospital where he maintains hospital privileges. In 2006, Dr. Petrarca became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Petrarca resides in Waltham, Massachusetts along with his wife, Dr. Celeste Wilson, who is a practicing pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital as well as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.