I don’t think I ever knew why I wanted to become a dentist. It wasn’t really a dream of mine to practice dentistry. Ultimately, when I got out of Auburn undergraduate where I graduated in mechanical engineering, I got out to Landscape and interviewed with a few companies and engineering wasn’t really something that I really enjoyed. Just kind of did it because my dad suggested it. It kind of teaches you to think, solve problems, so it’s helped me later on in life, having that degree, but I never really used it. Here I was kind of stuck, had to go back to school, take another 70 hours. I worked full time putting myself through school and didn’t get into dental school the first year I tried and had a lot of naysayers saying, “Maybe you should try something else.” I ended up getting in the second year. It ended up being a blessing, honestly, because my class that I was in was a whole bunch better than the one I would’ve been in. We finished top 5 in the country in dental boards. The first two years I was ranked number one in my class. Just kind of keeping my options open what I wanted to do. I really loved surgery. I learned I’m a little bit older than everybody else in my class. I have two children. I’m married, at the time. Oral surgery was another 6 years afterward. I decided to step out into general practice. Finding dentistry kind of came from a conversation with a friend of mine. He was trying to get into medical school at the time and he kind of gave me the pathway and I just kind of pursued it and here I am today. More than anything I think it’s just what it does for people and how it can change people’s lives, how you can have somebody that comes into your office with low self-esteem, almost afraid to smile, then four weeks later, a totally different person. Their clothes have changed, their hair is done. Their smile is beautiful. You can just tell by the way they carry themselves. As I started to do more and more of those cases, that kind of became what drives me, what provides satisfaction for me, is a happy client.