Sabal Dental Rockdale - December 2019

December 2019

307 Childress Drive Rockdale, TX 76567 | | (512) 446-5886

Hands-On Experience Dr. O’Malley: From Mechanic to Dentist

There are few things I enjoy more than working with my hands. In another life, before I became a dentist, I was a mechanic. In fact, I went through school while working as a mechanic and a truck driver. To this day, I still enjoy detailing my cars. There’s something satisfying about being able to create something with your own two hands. Few people realize how much mechanics and engineering play a role in dentistry.

“With over 30 years of experience under my belt, I’ve learned what it takes to help my patients leave the office smiling again.”

When I was in college, my girlfriend at the time inspired me to look into dentistry. She was dead set on becoming a dentist herself, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I liked how dentists got to help people while still working

I was pleased to find a position open at Sabal Dental this past June and have greatly enjoyed meeting my new patients. Plus, the team is fantastic. It’s good to work with such a kind group of experienced professionals. I know a number of patients have been surprised to see a new face when they get into the chair, but I can assure you I’m committed to providing you and your family with the best possible care. With over 30 years of experience under my belt, I’ve learned what it takes to help my patients leave the office smiling again. It feels good to be able to restore people’s teeth, getting their smiles back and improving their oral health. The way we make dentures or restore the bite calls for a lot of creative engineering, and I always enjoy the challenge. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, I recommend bringing sunglasses next time you’re in the office. I wear loupe lights to help me see clearly and provide that extra level of quality care. A good mechanic knows that you need to be able to see what you’re doing in order to get the job done right. –Dr. Patrick O’Malley Sabal General Dentistry • (512) 446-5886 • 1

with their hands. It’s a lot like being a medical doctor, but instead of diagnosing problems and sending patients somewhere else to be fixed, dentists are able to help their patients get better themselves. In 1986, I graduated from Loyola University in Illinois. Immediately after graduating, I enlisted in the Army and spent four years stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was a good experience, mostly because it got me out of Chicago, but after I was discharged, I returned home. I spent most of my career practicing in the Windy City. Then about six years ago, my wife Leatha and I realized we were tired of being cold all the time. We came down to Texas in search of warmer weather and haven’t been disappointed. I love the weather in Texas, even in the middle of summer. I’d rather be hot beneath the sun than freezing in the ice and snow. We came to Rockdale earlier this year looking for another lifestyle change. Most of my life has been spent in big, crowded cities. Both of my kids are out of the house, pursuing careers in medicine themselves, so Leatha and I were ready to slow down. We made our way into the country, where there’s less traffic and things are more laid back.

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