Dr. Siegel has been practicing dentistry for 40 years and loves it as much today as he did when he first started. He loves helping people, the artistry involved with dentistry, the technology, and the science of dentistry. He knows that by making people feel good about themselves, he is changing their lives.View transcript
In college, I majored in biology and I had thoughts perhaps of going into marine biology. But I had a friend who had a stepfather who was a dentist and worked out of his home. And because I was in that home quite often, I would have the opportunity to see how this dentist ran his practice and his lifestyle. And I thought to myself while in college, I could do that. So I happened to be at a college that had some pre-dental courses. And so I decided I'm applying to dental school. And in 1974, I was accepted at Georgetown University School of Dentistry and came to the Washington area to study dentistry. I'm very fortunate. I love what I do. Otherwise, I couldn't have been doing it for 40 years. I love helping people. I love the artistry involved in dentistry. I love the science involved in dentistry. I love that I get to play with technology. People call me Batman sometimes because I have all these wonderful gadgets and toys, and it makes it . . . I never feel like I'm going to work. One of the favorite things I like about what we do is what we call the big reveal. Meaning, you know, if we've delivered a nice set of porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers and we've changed somebody's smile and we show that final result to them for the first time in the mirror, nothing beats that. I mean, when they smile from ear to ear, it's just makes everything worthwhile. Dentistry and a smile is all about people's feeling of self-worth. And if you can do something that makes people feel good about themselves, well, you can change somebody's life.