Sometimes you can't put a price tag on dentistry

Dr. Stacey Simmons, editorial director of Breakthrough Clinical, says: "People often ask me why I went into dentistry and what I like about it. One of my favorite responses is: because I like to pay it forward. Meet John, a US Marine Corps veteran whose biggest battle in life wasn’t fought on the fields in Vietnam; it was his oral health after having cancer."

May 31st, 2017
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Dr. Stacey Simmons says: "People often ask me why I went into dentistry and what I like about it. One of my favorite responses is: because I like to pay it forward. Meet John, a US Marine Corps veteran whose biggest battle in life wasn’t fought on the fields in Vietnam; it was his oral health after having cancer."


Editor's note: This article first appeared in DE's Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS. Find out more about it and subscribe here.

People often ask me why I went into dentistry and what I like about it. There are always the standard answers: to make a living; it’s medicine; etc. But one of my favorite responses is: because I like to pay it forward.

Meet John, a US Marine Corps veteran whose biggest battle in life wasn’t fought on the fields in Vietnam; it was his oral health after having cancer. After going over his situation in its entirety, I had the opportunity to work with a team of fantastic individuals who were able to grant John a double-arch All-On-4 procedure from start to finish at absolutely no cost to him as a thank-you for his service to our country. John is one of many people who represents our country well.

With Memorial Day just behind us and the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s hard not to think about those in the past, present, and future who made and continue to make it possible for you and I to do what we do.

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Happy summer, all! Have fun, be safe, and stay motivated!

Stacey L. Simmons, DDS
Editorial Director, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS

Editor's note: This article first appeared in DE's Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS. Find out more about it and subscribe here.

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Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, is in private practice in Hamilton, Montana. She is a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Simmons is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana in the Anatomy and Physiology Department. She is the editorial director of PennWell’s clinical dental specialties newsletter, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS, and a contributing author for DentistryIQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics. Dr. Simmons can be reached at ssimmonsdds@gmail.com.


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