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before the board and rule on action, whether
disciplinary or otherwise, to ensure the
safety of all individuals receiving dental care. 
I was first approached about taking
a board position by a colleague who was
familiar with the responsibilities and thought
I'd make a good board member. Having never
considered board membership, I sought to
learn more about the duties involved and
after some coaxing, decided to accept this
rare opportunity and honor. 
As a part of our duties, we were trained
as dental examiners on the Western Regional
Examiner Board. Passing this or a similar
exam is required to receive a license to practice
dentistry in the U.S., so as examiners, we
evaluated the candidate treatment of various
dental procedures. 

What do you like best
about being a dentist?
1. 	 Patient relationships-our patients
become like family.
2. 	 The joy I share with my awesome
team.
3. 	 The satisfaction of a happy, healthy,
beautiful smile.
4. 	 Transitioning a fearful patient into a
happy and fear-free patient. 
5. 	 The artistry of restorative and
aesthetic dentistry.

What have been the hardest
challenges of being a dentist?
I've been blessed throughout my dental
career to have opportunities most haven't, and
I've worked with team members second to
none. However, I'd say the hardest challenge
is leading a team where each and every
individual has the same ownership and
work ethic, and everyone is able to work
together as a team with minimal direction. 

Where do you see yourself in ...
five years? A decade from now?
I'm still excited about coming to work

every day and so, Lord willing, I'd like to
work for the next five years preparing my
practice to transition from full time to part
time and share my unique knowledge in
special-care dentistry with students at a local
dental school. In a decade, I'd like to retire
from private practice and spend time with
my family, traveling, teaching and perhaps
doing foreign missionary dentistry. 

private practitioners, but as that generation
retires, those practices will in many cases be
purchased by corporate entities focused on
productivity, efficiency and cost containment. 

In that time, where do you see the
future of dentistry going?

If you ever did run into a ghost
hanging around your office, what
would your reaction be? 

As in medicine, dentistry is headed away
from the private practice model into large
groups and corporate dentistry. A select
group of dentists will practice as sole or

What's life like outside of the office?
I like to spend time with my family,
take road trips, hike, listen to music and
study the Bible.

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! I
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