An Interesting Snapshot of Justin’s Life
Endodontist Dr. Justin Hughes didn’t always consider following in his father’s footsteps. A somewhat rugged individualist, he wanted to make his own way…maybe do something different than dentistry.
His search for who he would become began while he was still in high school. He tells about an adventure, an Outward Bound course that took him three weeks into the wilderness with a group of other young people.
“You’re just away from civilization,” he says, “You’re on your own as a group. You learn teamwork and trust.”
After high school, Justin went to a small college in California to major in business. But that didn’t bring him to the end of his search. At one point, he even considered medicine. He says, “There wasn’t this sudden realization or cataclysmic event in my life. It was a series of events…baby steps. Little by little, decisions were made. Eventually, I went to dental school. I enjoyed all aspects of dentistry, but in the end, I discovered that I enjoyed root canals the most. In addition, I realized I’d love to have the opportunity to work with my father. It was the right decision.”
When away from the intense focus of his professional life, Justin spends most of his time with family activities. He and his wife, Wendy, have four children. He says, “When I can squeeze it in, I enjoy golf. I also like to snow ski. My junior year in high school, I spent three months away from home to attend a ski academy in Telluride, Colorado. Actually, I enjoy almost any sort of exercise.
Bottom line, I feel like I’m doing exactly what I was born to do. I’m blessed with a wonderful family, and I love my job.”
Dr. Justin Hughes’ Credentials
- Residency: Endodontics, Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
- Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree: University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA
- Bachelor of Science Degree: Business Administration, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
- Member: American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Southern Arizona Dental Society, Southern Arizona Dental Study Club, PIMA Dental Study Club