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Dentists with dual dream jobs
Using the profession as a gateway to a second vocation
By Laura Nelson, Houston ’16, associate, Council on Communications  

F or many of us, dentistry is a dream job. And for some, it’s a profession that lets us chase our other dreams. Dr. T. Bob Davis saw dentistry as a chance to keep up with a childhood passion. He started playing piano as a kid, and his first memory is of watching “Goodnight Irene” and trying to play songs from the movie on a piano. Dr. Davis took lessons throughout high school and began recording albums in dental school. He played for, as he puts it, “Anybody and everybody that would listen.” Dr. Davis has traveled all over the world to perform and played concerts in Japan, Mexico and Europe. His favorite memory is performing the national anthem for the Academy of General Dentistry in the 1980s. This past year he created a combination of God Bless America and America The Beautiful for the meeting.

Dr. Davis says pursuing a second passion has kept him busy and contributing in a unique way to the profession. He now plays for his church and organizes mission trips for dental students to Guatemala. He tells students to start chasing their dreams outside of dentistry early and try to link them to your dental career. Keep reading… 

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