NOVEMBER 2018 918-496-2481 www.masterpiecesmiles.org
HOW I DISCOVERED MY PASSION FOR DENTISTRY The Test That Led to a Life’s Work
create safe, long-lasting, beautiful smiles for patients. It was then I knew that cosmetic dentistry would be a major focus of my work. Over the 40-plus years I’ve been in practice, what has mattered most to me is the relationships I’ve developed with my patients and our team at Masterpiece Smiles. Many of the people who’ve walked through our doors have become lifelong friends. The ability to give a person a beautiful new smile that transforms their self-image is a privilege and joy that I never take for granted. Similarly, it’s hard to count all the talented folks who’ve worked here over the years. Helping them develop skills and see them grow is a greater reward than I would’ve ever imagined.
As I entered my junior year of college, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. After entering the University of Kansas on a tennis scholarship, I was focused on academics and athletics but hadn’t seriously considered my career options. Searching for some guidance, I decided to take one of those old-fashioned career aptitude tests. I had no idea what the results would say. When they suggested I pursue a career in dentistry, something immediately clicked. To be honest, becoming a dentist wasn’t even on my radar before I took that test. My brother was an orthopedic surgeon, and I had it gotten into my head that I didn’t want to pursue a career
-Dr. Jan L. Cobble I’m looking forward to sharing this newsletter with you over the coming months. I’d like to think of it as an extension of the warm, friendly conversations we have when you’re in the office. Please help us welcome our newest team member, periodontist Dr. J. Butler! Dr. Butler will be taking care of implants and all your periodontal needs. Call today to schedule an appointment! Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my wonderful wife, Susie. We are very active in the Tulsa arts community as supporters of both the Signature Symphony at TCC and the Philbrook Museum of Art. We also love traveling to visit our son, Dane, in Boulder and our daughter, Kristin, in San Francisco. Unfortunately, I can no longer play tennis effectively due to shoulder issues, but I’ve replaced that passion with a love for golf. The only difference is that I’m nowhere near as skilled on the golf course as I was on the tennis court. If I can become one-tenth as good at golf as I was at tennis, I’ll be very happy indeed.
in medicine. Dentistry, however, felt different. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Since then, it’s been full steam ahead. I think aptitude tests have become less common over the years, but whenever I meet a young person who feels directionless, I tell them to give it a shot. It certainly worked for me.
As you can probably tell, my passion for dentistry has only grown over the course of my career. Within the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry (OBD), I’m known as a continuing education junkie. I regularly exceed 100 hours per year traveling to events to learn about the latest advances in dental technology and how to run my practice better. In fact, I was once told by an OBD employee that I had no
MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WALKED THROUGH OUR DOORS HAVE BECOME LIFELONG FRIENDS. THE ABILITY TO GIVE A PERSON A BEAUTIFUL NEW SMILE THAT TRANSFORMS THEIR SELF-IMAGE IS A PRIVILEGE AND JOY THAT I NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED.
If taking that aptitude test was the first moment of clarity about my professional life, I had a second moment over 20 years ago in Las Vegas. I was at the Las Vegas Institute taking some courses in cosmetic dentistry, long before anyone called themselves cosmetic dentists. Seeing the advances on display, I realized that it was now possible to
need to continue reporting my hours. “You know, Dr. Cobble,” she said with a laugh, “you’ve already gone above and beyond the requirement for the year, and it’s June.” What can I say? I just love my profession and never feel like I’ve learned enough.
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