Interview with the Dentist

Christopher Wahlers, DMD

How did you decide to become a dentist?

I always knew from a young age that I wanted to go into the health care field.  When in college, to help me with my career decision, I volunteered in a few hospital settings, both observing and helping the staff.  After many talks with physicians, who were almost universally negative about their profession, I decided to look at alternatives.  My personal dentist was very positive about his profession, and other dentists I spoke with shared his view.  I liked the idea of working normal hours, and avoiding the stresses of making life and death decisions which physicians sometimes have to deal with.  I have never once regretted my decision to become a dentist. I love what I do.

What do you like most about dentistry?

Many things, but I would say I really enjoy the combination of using my hands as well as my mind.  I try to keep up on the latest research and techniques by reading and taking courses.  Knowledge is critical.  But there is also an artistic aspect to dentistry, which includes sculpting and carving, and seeing symmetry and color.  It is anything but boring, which is why I enjoy it.

What are your interests outside of dentistry?

I have a wife and three young children, so much of my time outside of work is spent with them: youth sports, scouting, school activities, and just doing family things together.  I enjoy the outdoors, so that includes taking care of the yard, eating outside on the patio (in warm weather), gardening, hiking, golfing.  Anything outdoors.

Are you from this area originally?

No, I actually was born and raised in New Jersey, but went to college in Pennsylvania, at Gettysburg College, and have lived in this region of PA since graduating from Rutgers Dental School in 2003.  New Jersey has this unofficial line that crosses the state, and if you live north of the line, you are typically a New York sports fan, and below the line, a Philly fan.  My home town is north of this line, but I have lived in PA long enough to have converted to a Phillies fan and Sixers fan.  Football is a different story though- most of my patients don’t like to hear which team I support… let’s just say I prefer blue to green.

 

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