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MEET DR. BEN HULBERT The Newest Addition to Our Team
I’m so thrilled to finally introduce myself as the newest doctor to be joining the Ustick Dental team! As of June 1, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a handful of our wonderful patients, and I can’t wait to meet even more of you as Ustick Dental resumes its normal schedule after being closed. In the meantime, I want to share a little bit about myself with everyone. What I love most about the opportunity Dr. Rigby has given me by welcoming me onto the Ustick Dental team is the chance to give back to the community that I know and love. Like many of you, I grew up right here in Idaho, about 45 minutes away from our office, in Parma. I grew up visiting several of the great dentists the Boise area has produced, and each of them served as inspiration for wanting to go into dentistry myself. I’ve always appreciated both the science and the artistry of dental work. The science means understanding what’s going on with each unique patient’s oral health, and the artistry lies in figuring out the best course of action to address it. Not only do we get the opportunity to help people with their oral concerns, but we also get to socialize with great people every single day. There’s something special about helping create the smile that someone walks out the door with (in more ways than one). I first met the Ustick Dental team over a year ago during their annual mission trip to Guatemala, where we provided dentistry to a community in need. One of the biggest things that drew me to Ustick Dental is their dedication to philanthropy by way of mission trips and charitable events. Good dentistry is important for everyone’s health, but many simply don’t have the means to achieve it. The realization that one small dental act can change the way someone comfortably lives their everyday life is also something that pushed me to pursue this career. The pandemic may have caused delays in some plans as Ustick Dental had to temporarily close its doors, but that just meant I found myself with extra time on my hands before officially starting.
Like many others, my family and I have been finding creative ways to stay productive and entertained. I have a 3-year-old boy and another son due just about any day now. I finished dental school in Utah, and my wife is from San Diego, so there was some back and forth about the best place to settle down. But we both realized how incredible the Boise area is for raising a family, which is something so important to both of us, and we were excited to move back to Idaho recently. I can’t wait to bring up my children in the amazing communities that I grew up in and that I now have the pleasure of serving every day. In between the time spent with family and preparing for a new baby, I’ve been finding moments to indulge in cooking, which I find therapeutic even though I’m by no means a great chef. I’ve also been doing much more fishing than usual and have even dabbled in some amateur fiction writing. But don’t worry, I won’t make you read anything I’ve penned! It’s just been nice to get back to some of the activities that make me happy, and I hope all of you have been doing the same. I can’t wait to meet all of our wonderful patients and get to know them. And thank you to the entire team at Ustick Dental for welcoming me with open arms. Everyone has truly made this moment feel like coming home.
-Dr. Ben Hulbert
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