— John Hughes
How John Hughes Became an Endodontist
Most people get a chuckle out of the story about how I got into dentistry. I thought I’d share it with you. I know you will keep it just between us.
Sometimes you end up doing what you do because you just bet you can do it. I planned to get a PhD in chemistry, to be a chemist. That’s where I was headed.
Walter Baisley, I’ll call him to protect his innocence, was a year ahead of me at Oklahoma Baptist University. One night he came waltzing into the dorm waving an acceptance paper for dental school.
Pompous beyond words, he said, “Hey, I got into dental school. Five hundred people apply. They just accept 80. I was one of them. Aren’t I neat?” I said, “Walter, you’re so full of hot air. Anybody can get into dental school.” He said, “I bet you $100 you couldn’t.” I said, “I bet you $100 I can.” That was $100 I didn’t have. Walter made a big deal out of it. A bunch of people were there to watch the scene go down.
I had no choice. I applied to the University of Missouri Dental School in Kansas City. I got accepted without even going back for an interview.
Waving my acceptance letter, I made a big deal out of telling Walter in front of these guys, “I got in. Where’s the $100?” He wrote me a check for $100. The acceptance letter said they required $100 to hold the seat, so I forked that $100 over to the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
I got in for all the wrong reasons, but after the first year there I felt it was good for me and I just went ahead with it.
After my studies at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, I stayed in Kansas City and practiced restorative dentistry for fifteen years before my family and I moved to Boston so I could study Endodontics.
We have performed thousands of root canals during these 20 years. It has been a pleasure to serve the people of Southern Arizona with you. We sincerely thank you and want you to know, more than ever, we are here to exceed your expectations and those of the patients you send our way.