GP (general practice) Dentist

Becoming a well rounded GP dentist... 

I am a licensed, full time practicing gp dentist with in Honolulu, HI.  I started this website over 12 years ago in 2004.  At the time, the internet was still taking off, and I built it mostly as a hobby and to encourage myself to keep studying dentistry (story below).   I also feel like dentistry gets a bad rap because there are dentists who push the limits on needed vs excessive recommended treatment.  The hope was to help educate people to make informed decisions about their dental health.

The site is basic, but I did have to learn some coding, and I am a dentist not a web designer, so keep that in mind as you navigate.  I try to update the material regularly, but some pages/material may need to be updated.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Around the time I started the site, I remember telling myself I don't think I'm going to be a  gp dentist forever.  I was just a few years out of school, and I even mentioned it to my parents, who I think were ready to disown me if I threw all that education out the window lol. 

After dental school, I did a 1 year hospital based General Practice Residency, where I was one of 2 residents who had full schedules during the day, and were on call 24/7 for dental emergencies on nights and weekends; and we got called in a lot. We treated knocked out teeth literally every week, saw/helped treat broken jaws at least once each month (with an oral surgeon), and did countless root canals and extractions (patients in pain often need one or the other).  We were serving a lower income population so we saw multiple HIV+ patients on a daily basis and regularly treated handicapped children under general anesthesia in the operating room.

When that was done, I went back to work for a corporate office in Oregon for 5 years, which was a great experience.  Including dental school, around 10 years in the Oregon rain was about all I could handle so I moved down to the Bay Area, CA.

I found work in another corporate office in Petaluma (Sonoma County), CA, and almost got fired the first month of work.  I had come from an old school corporate office, and moved to a more progressive private type office.  I will forever be grateful for my manager, who realized that I was pretty open to learning, so instead of firing me, she arranged for me to get about 3 months of mentoring with about 8 different offices throughout the region.  I would go to each office for about 2 weeks, saw some patients, and learned from the lead dentists in those offices. That literally changed my career and when I came back, I was a changed gp dentist.

They then put me in one of their busiest offices in Santa Rosa, CA, where I found my groove and a renewed interest in dentistry.  Five years later, my now wife convinced me to move back home.

I was very fortunate to find 2 great offices to work at in HI, Kailua Dental Care; and Ala Moana Dental Care.  I currently am a full time GP dentist at AMDC where we are open 6am-8pm, 7 days/week.  We have a great team of dentists and hygienists, who do routine cleanings/dental treatment, yet see emergencies from all over the world on a daily basis, do donated dental cases, and perform all phases of dentistry. 

I have learned to always keep an open mind, be willing to learn, be forever optimistic, and enjoy the ride.

Dr. Gary

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