Being a dentist in Bellingham is special to me because it allows me to help our local people every single day doing something that I really enjoy doing. It’s a great blend of human social interaction and technical craftsmanship, which together, has the ability to change people’s lives in a positive way.
While I love both the social and the technical aspect of my profession of dentistry, the most rewarding part of my job is renewing hope. Many people have lost hope that their teeth can be saved or that their teeth can be restored to give them a gorgeous smile. It is life-changing when we can save someone’s teeth, restore their smile, and perhaps bring back their self-esteem. It’s really a great feeling to know we can change someone's life in a positive way by simply changing a smile.
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Schooling and Continuing Dental Education
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Whitman College in 1991. My Doctorate of Dental Surgery is from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. I graduated from dental school in 1995 and began my dental practice in August of that same year as an associate of my father, who practiced dentistry for over 40 years and retired in 1999.
My continuing education has been mostly through dental study clubs, which are small groups of doctors who meet on a monthly basis to hone skills, share information, and learn about new technologies which are constantly emerging in our field. In 2007, I completed an 18 month post-graduate program through the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education (FACE) in San Francisco, CA. This program teaches dentists advanced skills in dental occlusion and complex dental reconstruction.
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Mt. Baker District Dental Society
- American Academy of Restorative Dentistry
- International Academy of Gnathology
- Bellingham Sunrise Rotary Club
- Academy of Operative Dentistry
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Visiting Faculty at Spear Education, dental learning center in Scottsdale, AZ
Outside the Office
I was born in Bellingham, Washington in 1969. I spent my childhood to age 12 growing up on Lummi Island, a small island community in the San Juan Islands. My high school years were spent in Bellingham. After eight years in college and dental school, I moved back to Bellingham where I have lived ever since.
I’ve been married to my wife, Erin Simpson, since 2002. We have no children but have two wonderful dogs named Joey and Sacha. Joey is a Shih-Tzu and Sacha is a standard poodle. They are very spoiled and like to spend time with Erin and me playing in the outdoors, mainly trying to catch that elusive squirrel!
I'm very proud of my parents, Mike and Elaine McRory, for their commitment to a lifelong dedication to community service and for what they have taught me... that the most important things in life are friends, family, and being as generous as possible. They have set a wonderful example for both me and my wife Erin! Both Erin and I cherish the time we get to spend with Mom and Dad, whether it's getting together for a meal or going out on an outdoor adventure. They show no signs of slowing down any time soon!
I’m passionate about my work of course, and when I’m away from work I’m passionate about exploring and adventure. Almost all of my personal activities involve a certain degree of risk. They mostly include hiking, rock climbing, and mountaineering, backcountry skiing and snowmobiling, salmon fishing and scuba diving, and outdoor photography. I guess you could say, “If it’s not dangerous I’m probably not interested”.
I do, however, take a lot of personal pride in the woodworking projects I’ve done and really enjoy building my model boats. I suppose these activities give me a bit of balance from my adventures. I do tend to love the attention to detail that goes into my model building and woodworking, which is probably why I love my work so much; they are very similar.
In the Community
Community service has always been important to me, and I give my parents credit for being great role models for me to follow. From the time I was a young kid, I helped my parents be involved in the community in which we lived. Up to this day, they have remained actively involved in the Bellingham community. After I moved back to Bellingham and settled into the community, I joined a local Rotary Club. The club I’ve been a member of since 1997, and the president of in 2010, is a fun-loving club that has done many local community service projects, as well as a few international service projects. I’m proud to be an active member of this club as it’s a great way to give back to the community that’s been so supportive of my business.
I’ve also been an active dental volunteer for many years at our local public health clinic called Unity Care NW, (http://unitycarenw.org/services/dental/), formerly called the Interfaith Dental Center. This is a dental clinic in downtown Bellingham that serves low income individuals get the basic dental services that they need.