Why I'm a Dentist: Dr. Davis' grateful tribute to a trio of guiding lights
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We start out as kids and somehow by the time we graduate from high school the hope is that we've matured to a point where we've got some sense of our gifts and interests and how they might guide the ways in which we share ourselves with the world. For some, career pursuits come as naturally as breathing. Others go through life never really sure they've been a good steward of their opportunity.
As I look back on my own life there were three specific individuals who most directly guided my path into Dentistry. The older I get the more I appreciate my career and the more grateful I am for the influence of these gentlemen.
Mr. Richard Vogt:
During my years at Bedford High School in Temperance, Michigan I had Mr. Vogt as my 'Biology' teacher in my Sophmore year, and then again a second time for 'Anatomy and Physiology' during my Senior year. He was a mink rancher turned high school life sciences teacher who insisted that learning and life should include a healthy dose of fun. I can remember stealing away to Mr. Vogt's class from my 7th hour study hall back in 1971 to join him watching our beloved Detroit Tigers play the Oakland Athletics in the American League playoffs. It was Richard Vogt who fostered the fire within me that lured me to explore and respect the science of all things living.
Dr. Richard Anstead: Dr. Anstead was the dentist of my childhood. He practiced General Dentistry out of his office on Tremainsville Road up in Toledo. He left me with two primary impressions: He took great pride in his profession and he had fun loving it. While it was Mr. Vogt who made me love the study of life sciences, it was Dr. Anstead who made me wonder if dentistry might just be the avenue through which I might best direct that exploration.
Dr. William Spencer:
Like Dr. Anstead, Dr. Spencer is a retired General Dentist. He also happens to be my father-in-law. Even before Lynn and I were married I learned I could lean on Dr. Spencer to help me with assorted dental career decisions. Like him I was honored to attend the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and whether it was through my dental school years or during the fledgling chapters of my own dental practice down here in the Landen/Mason area I knew I had an ace in the hole by way of my father-in-law. I took advantage of his wisdom on countless occasions.