People ask me that, and most of them are surprised to hear me say this new patient exam, that's not a profit center for us at all, but I see too many patients come through my office and they've been to dentists, and they've had hundreds if not tens of thousands of dollars worth of work done in the past and it's fallen apart. It's fallen apart for the same reason it fell apart to start with, but no one's ever taken the time to sit down and figure out what's going on and explain it to the patient.
For Dr. Smith and I, most dentists have similar training. They can diagnose a problem, fix teeth, but for us it's important to diagnose the cause of the problem. I use an analogy: it's kind of like having a car. You're not mechanically inclined and you don't know you need to change your oil and have it serviced, so you drive it and you drive it and finally somewhere along the way, the engine's going to blow up or lock down and you're in for a big expense. You have warning signs: a red light came on, but the car still got you from here to there. In the mouth you have warning signs—bleeding gums or sensitive teeth, but a lot of times the patients don't know. For us, you're going to spend some money with us, make an investment, and we like to do excellent work, and we also like it to last. For it to last, you need to know how to take care of it, and I think that's important. Education leads to prevention, and prevention leads to less expenses.
Dr. Reese is originally from a small farming community near Athens, GA. He worked hard farming with his granddad and in construction with his dad from a very young age (8 or 9). He paid his own way through college by working summers and various jobs throughout the school year and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1976. He received his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1980.
After serving in the United States Air Force Dental Corps after school, Dr. Reese opened his own dental practice in 1986. In 1997, he bought land and built a new dental facility. In 2012, he brought on a part-time associate, Dr. Smith, who came on board full time in 2015.
Went to 1 year at Georgia Southern College and then 3 years at Georgia. I was born and raised just outside of Athens. Lucky enough to get an Air Force scholarship through dental school. Once you're accepted to dental school, you can apply for that scholarship. I got that for 4 years, went to Medical College of Georgia. My scholarship through dental school with the Air Force, obligated me to 4 years with the Air Force, so spent 4 years in the United States Air Force dental core in Abilene, Texas. Good experience there, especially just getting out of school, it was good experience. A lot of practical experience there.
Then, I came back. Went to work with a classmate of mine as an associate for 2 years, and then I started my own practice in 1986.
Dr. Reese works with a team of experienced and professional staff members. They attend numerous continuing education courses each year to stay current with the latest advancement in dental care for their patients.
At the Airforce I was certified for treatment of medically compromised patients, and IV sedation. Since then I couldn't tell you how many ... I go to, I'd say 2 or 3 continuing ed courses a year. Right now I'm involved with the Spear Study Club, which is really international group, but they have local groups, and we have a group of probably 15, 20 dentists, administers of general dentists and specialists that we meet once a month for about 9 months out of the year. That's what I'm doing presently.
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