He’s Back! RE-INTRODUCING AN OLD FRIEND TO CALAPOOIA FAMILY DENTAL
Brian R. Summers DMD, PhD Patrick V. Hagerty, DMD
Calapooia Courier April 2019
As most patients will remember, this practice was started by dedicated dentist Dr. Patrick Hagerty. While he gave me some big shoes to fill, Dr. Hagerty left to restart the hospital dentistry residency program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The residency had closed in 2002, and there was not a more well-suited dentist to jump-start this program. After years of incorporating a hospital setting and special needs dental practice into his general dentistry work, Dr. Hagerty built a great practice that I’ve been lucky enough to run for the past few years. That’s right, Dr. Hagerty is joining the Calapooia Family Dental team! For the past six years, Dr. Hagerty has paved the way for residents at OHSU, developing a hospital residency program that includes special needs dentistry and reconstruction for complex head and neck cancer cases. He helped establish a strong program that now hosts six students each year, and he even restored — with full implants — the mouth of a 31-year-old woman with Down syndrome. That was a world’s first. Now this groundbreaking dentist is returning to his old stomping grounds, which is very exciting for me. When I first started working with Dr. Hagerty, he took me under his wing and mentored me, but he was also adjusting to his new career at OHSU. I always knew there was so much more I could glean from him. Now that he is back in Albany, I am excited to continue to work and learn alongside him. Dr. Hagerty’s return is a welcome relief to a need we had at Calapooia Family Dental. The practice is expanding to see more special needs dentistry patients at Albany and Lebanon hospitals twice per week because we noticed new patients with special needs were having to wait 6–9 months for an appointment. That is too long for someone to wait for care. This additional time outside our clinic would negatively impact our general dentistry patients seeking routine or emergency care. Additionally, we are growing our options for obstructive sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (learn And now, he’s back.
more about this condition on page 3 of the newsletter). These are life-altering conditions that dental experts like me can help patients with, but once again, our general dentistry offerings would have to suffer as a result. So, a few months ago, I put out an advertisement looking for another dentist to join the practice. Coincidentally, I also had plans to get lunch with Dr. Hagerty, who had seen the advertisement and expressed interest. The long commute and hours spent on I-5 were beginning to wear on him, and he was eager to get back to his roots. Now he’s going to continue the work he helped establish years ago, and will be offering general dentistry and complex implant care at Calapooia Family Dental. Being an active member of the community with over 30 years of dental experience made Dr. Hagerty an obvious choice for us. We’re thrilled that he’s agreed to return to our clinic, and as of April 1, he is seeing patients. I will continue to see patients in the office while we expand our services for special needs dentistry, sleep apnea, and TMJ disorders. So, if you see Dr. Hagerty in the office, know it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke. He’s really back! -Dr. Brian Summers
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