Dr. Everett Heringer has practiced dentistry for more than 40 years. He enjoys being a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has developed a distinct artistic vision as a dentist over the years. He loves helping patients find relief from their anxiety about their smiles, and to feel confident every day.
You know, I've been practicing dentistry for 40 years. I'm celebrating 40 years this year. It's been wonderful. I'd like to practice another 40, Lord willing. I'm originally from North Dakota. I went to school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, undergrad school. I was fortunate to get into Northwestern Dental School in Chicago. It was really a great school. Then after that I was in the Navy. I served with the First Marine Division out at Camp Pendleton in California. I was a Navy dentist serving with the First Marines.
After that, I've been involved in a lot of continuing education courses. I'm a member of local societies. A couple of the biggest things that I really enjoy is being a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. I really poured myself into that over the last number of years because it really helps you understand the art of cosmetic dentistry. The other one I've been involved with is what they call Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona. I am a member of the visiting faculty there, so I will go down and teach and mentor on an occasional basis. I will take courses there. I've immersed myself in all the heavy continuing education. There are always new techniques. There are the latest materials. I'm on the cutting edge as much as possible.
Behind every smile, there's a story. It can be an emotional story to where people just hate their lives and they just hate their teeth. I can take a person like that and take them out of that anxiety or that mental bondage, if you want to call it, and transform them into a beautiful, smiling woman, just to bring out their beautiful inside.
Life is too beautiful not to smile. We all have to enjoy life, and we have to live it to our fullest, so if I can help somebody just enjoy the rest of their life with a beautiful smile, those are two things that are really driving me, that I love so much about dentistry. But my life when I'm outside the office is usually with grandkids, enjoying my family. I'm fortunate to have eight grandchildren, five of them here, and my wife of over 40 years. We're enjoying our grandchildren a lot. We do take some trips.
I also enjoy motorcycling. Motorcycling is very therapeutic for me. I just love to do a long ride and just enjoy motorcycling. I enjoy fishing with my family, and in the winter time we usually do a trip down into the Black Hills and do some skiing, again, just a good week with family time. I'm also involved with the community to some degree. I'm a very strong supporter of our public school systems and private school systems here in town and also of our local zoo. I try to be very involved with the community too and also our church.
I want to let my future patients know that they're going to be totally in control of their smile all the way through the process. There's going to be no secrets. There's going to be no luck involved with it. We're going to educate them through pictures. We're going to educate them through models. And then we're also going to do a trial smile in them before we put the permanent ones in. So they're in control. I listen to them, and then I also educate them. I give them options.