I recently celebrated my 30th anniversary in the wonderful field of dentistry. I graduated from the Marquette School of Dentistry in Milwaukee in 1981, started with part-time practice in Marshall that summer, and began practicing in Sun Prairie in the summer of 1982. The time has gone by so quickly.
I first started thinking about dentistry in 6th grade when my family dentist made a wonderful impact in my life. He made me feel better about myself through orthodontic care. At the time, however, I did not know the extent of those possibilities.
My interest in dentistry grew for two primary reasons. First, it was a very hands-on healthcare field. Second, it was a career that could allow for a traditional family life where my wife would be there for our children and I would be home on nights and weekends.
When I graduated, dentistry was primarily a preventive field for most patients. We did cleanings, fillings, and crowns, and sometimes we had to remove teeth. But I do not remember ever sitting back and talking with people about how life-changing dentistry could be.
Fortunately, it is different today. For some, dentistry is still merely preventive or urgent care. But the opportunity exists for many to have dentistry re-create a natural, healthy-looking smile. This re-creation can help people feel healthier, more comfortable, and better about themselves.
I feel so fortunate to be practicing dentistry today. The more people we can help, whether in small or life-changing ways, the more I appreciate it. I feel honored that people have selected my staff and me to make their lives a little bit better. I am lucky to have discovered that dentistry can truly help people feel better about themselves.