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energy, I was encouraged by Dr. Charles
Bohl, a dual-trained prosthodontist and
orthodontist, to pursue orthodontics. After
my training, I joined him in practice for two
years before I got married. My wife, Nancy,
and I decided that we wanted to live in an
area where we could have a swimming pool.
I joined one of my best friends, Dr. Mark
Donovan, in Tucson, Arizona, where we
had a successful three-office, 35-employee
practice for 28 years. After the sale of that
practice, Nancy and I moved to Scottsdale,
Arizona, where the summers are hotter, the
traffic is more congested and the air a little
hazier. We love it! One thing led to another
and, lo and behold, I was practicing in a
facility that has been an orthodontic office for
more than 30 years, serving three different
practices and doctors! I populated it with
patients from a family corporate practice
that made the decision to not continue with
orthodontics.

What inspired you to become
an orthodontist? How long have
you been practicing?
I took the long, circuitous way into the
profession. After graduating from dental
school, I entered a two-year prosthodontic
residency in Milwaukee and then became
an assistant professor at Marquette University in prosthodontics. I was charged
with staffing the county hospital dental
clinic where conventional and maxillofacial
prosthodontics were performed.
Because I was single and had a lot of

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I've always enjoyed practicing with
many people surrounding me. Whether it be
doctors, staff or patients, activity keeps me
going and it fuels my energy. As a seasoned
practitioner who has done the independent
practice thing for years (with a business
partner), I can say that the environment is
different in this sharing situation. Much like
an orthodontic practice, there are many staff,
lots of delegation and lots of activity. The
beauty of practicing in this situation is that
the parents are very concerned about their
kids' dental condition. As Robert likes to
say, he "tees 'em up" for me to treat.
Although we still do get a few patients
seeking other opinions, the fact that I am
in the office and my name is on the door
makes it easier to gain their confidence. Our
combined teams work very hard to speak
the same language regarding care from the
pediatric dentistry point of view as well as the
orthodontic point of view. This arrangement
requires lots of effort on both sides to present
a unified message to the parents and patients.

MATTHEWS, GROB: PHOTO BY BRAD ARMSTRONG

You just recently started sharing space
and working with a pediatric dentist,
Dr. Robert Matthews. What's that like?


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