Dr. David Wooten
I was born and raised on a small farm in the Panhandle of Texas. I spent my early years chasing whirlwinds and dodging tumbleweeds. My parents were both schoolteachers and farmers. I have had an absolutely wonderful life and I attribute it to the value system my parents instilled in me as a child.
I was taught to:
– Trust God in everything.
– Know that I can never get too busy to stop and think.
– Believe that my word is as binding as any legal document I could ever sign.
– Do the very best I can, no matter how trivial the task may seem.
– Always respect every person, every thing and every place and leave them better than I found them.
– Know that honor is the greatest gift a person can give to himself.
– Believe in the creative potential of my mind.
– Appreciate humor and to think of laughter as a prelude to prayer.
– Value health and wellness.
– Know that prosperity is simply having peace in every aspect of your life.
– Understand that wealth is not a measure of how much you have, but of how little you need.
I graduated from high school in Estelline, Texas. Often there were only 3 to 5 students in my classes. Until I started college, I did not realize the incredible difference this individualized instruction had on the quality of my education. I was the valedictorian of my graduating class. You see, since there were only 10 of us, I had to do that just to get into the top 10%. However, some say I was only 10 up from the bottom of the class.
My undergraduate work was done at West Texas State University (currently West Texas A & M University). The education there was superb. My college experience there was something I’ll always cherish.
Then I went to dental school at The University of Texas Dental Branch in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. I graduated from there in the top 10% of my class and was elected into the National Honor Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
Through a competitive process, I was selected to be in an intense one-year training program at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island, New York. I received specialty training in prosthodontics, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, radiology, internal medicine, pathology, and pharmacology. The training there was terrific, and I will always be grateful for it. However, Staten Island was not my idea of “Fantasy Island.”
I then fulfilled my military obligation. I was assigned as the Chief Dental Officer of the USPHS outpatient clinic in Houston, Texas. I achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and was sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for advanced training in oral diagnosis and therapeutics.
Continuing education has always been extremely important to me. I love to learn, about everything, but especially about dentistry and health. I have had the extreme good fortune of being able to learn from and have personal relationships with some of the best minds in dentistry. The list could go on and on. I have amassed hundreds of hours of continuing education in orthodontics, orthopedics, gnathology, and cosmetic dentistry.
The thing I like best about dentistry is that it gives me the opportunity to develop long term relationships with people and to dramatically improve the quality of their lives. I enjoy making it possible for people to chew with comfort and to smile with confidence, no matter how difficult their dental problems may have been.