Dr. Grant R. Smith
Dr. Grant Smith was born genetically predisposed to be a dentist. His father is a dentist and a pharmacist. His mother is a dental hygienist with a degree in Physical Education, and the ability to instruct anyone in how to resuscitate their fellow man. From his father, Dr. Smith decided to try his hand at working in a pharmacy; from his mother, he learned an aversion to exercise, but from both of them he learned that teeth are where it’s at.
His parents raised Dr. Smith and his sister, sent them to scouts, tried to get them to learn an instrument or two, made sure that they could speak Spanish, took them on trips all over the place (mostly dental trips so that his father could write them off). Finally, Dr. Smith and his sister were sent to Shawnee Mission East High school, and then their parents sent them both up to Lawrence.
Dr. Grant’s sister got a degree in Social Work, and he got a degree in Human Neuroanatomy and Physiology. Shortly before entering dental school, Dr. Grant met a Music major on the internet. She could dance, she could understand his jokes, and she would eat anything that he cooked for her (props to Alton Brown—Dr. Grant says that he owes him). It was love!
Dr. Grant went to dental school at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). When he was done with that, he did a residency in the special patient care clinic. There he worked with transplant patients, oncology patients, and others who needed more care than the rank and file at UMKC could provide, or they needed things done quickly to prepare for surgery. Dr. Grant says he learned more in this residency than he has perhaps ever learned in his whole life.
While he worked there, Melissa (the Music major) had started as a dental hygiene student. She evidently thought Dr. Grant’s parents were right as well about teeth being where it’s at. Dr. Grant started to practice with his father, and shortly after that, Melissa and Dr. Grant were married.
Dr. Grant and his wife then decided that there should be more Smiths in the world, so they had a couple of kids! Dr. Grant bought the practice from his father, built their new swanky office, and the rest is, well, we’ll just have to see.