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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal, Dental Care of Canby, The Herald-Pioneer Insider Family Dentistry Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

It's amazing what you can learn in 10 minutes and use the rest of your career. Recently, each time I have given a painless palatal (roof of mouth) injection, I have gotten a little emotional. Why? My home-town dentist and mentor, Dr. Gary Pedersen, 87, passed away this March. His sudden passing was a bit of a shock. He was a great mentor and model, a very diligent dentist, father, coach and involved in his local community.

He was the reason I got into dentistry. In high school

I broke a tooth during PE. It was late in the day and I was a new patient, recently moved to Astoria. He got me

comfortable and did everything you can do to a tooth. I

was amazed at his technique, his attitude--he answered all

my many, many questions. I knew I found my calling, a

crossroad of art and science and caring for people.

A few years later, I was at his office observing. He said, "Hey Alan, let me show you something you will use for the rest of your dental career." I use his technique for painless palatal injections nearly every day. Dr. Pedersen's legacy lives on in my practice.

Dr. Pedersen took 5 to 10 minutes out of his day to give a "mentor moment" on patient care to a pre-dental student. Think of all the people you interact with every day: What will be your mentor moment? What will your legacy be?

Dental Care of Canby

333 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.DentalCareof Canby.com

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