They help restore broken and/or missing teeth back to health
From an early age, I’d always be working with my hands, with either Legos, or lawnmowers, or it just seemed like a natural bent. My father was a dentist for 42 years, then it seemed like that was be something that I would have a lot of enjoyment doing, also dealing with the public. But I didn’t know that was gonna be much of a benefit as I have now. The most rewarding part about being a dentist is actually dealing with people.
At some point in time, I will retire. I won’t miss doing the dentistry, but I will miss the people, the communications, the relationships that’s built. You know, you don’t see somebody for six months, and you’re like, “You know…,” but as soon as they walk in the chair everything comes right back to where they were six months ago. It’s, kind of, a interesting concept to be experiencing a new experience six months later, but it doesn’t feel like six months later.
Well, my education actually started with the high school that’s right behind this office. And I graduated from Mathew’s High School in 1980, graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, 1984, and then, went to Medical College of Virginia and graduated from there in 1988.
Continuing education is very important. You go and you do your normal things that you do every day in dentistry, but things change and you don’t realize they’ve changed. And the continuing education has been extremely helpful on either new techniques, new technologies, new modalities of working with patients in a variety of situations and circumstances. It’s made the difference in the way that I practice dentistry.