2017 10 Under 10 winner: Expertise he can take anywhere in the world
As a pre-dental student in the mid 2000s, Dr. Hubert Park was interested in learning more about the profession while also giving back. A dental service trip to Kenya presented an excellent opportunity to do both. It was an experience that would change Dr. Park’s life.
“I remember seeing dozens of Kenyans in line each day to receive dental work,” Dr. Park said. “They worked all day and then walked to the clinic … seeing them affirmed my interest in dentistry. I realized it was a skill I could take anywhere in the world and help people.”
Dr. Park eventually took additional dental service trips to Zambia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic. A goal of being service to others and impact change led Dr. Park to specialize in pediatric dentistry and pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health.
Today, Dr. Park owns a practice in the Boston area and finds numerous ways to give back to his community. In addition to serving as a public policy advocate for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and taking his staff on a dental mission trip to Mexico, Dr. Park is carrying on a special tradition at his dental practice.
Dr. Park bought his practice from two dentists nearing retirement. The dentists treated special needs patients beginning as children, and often continued to treat them for years into adulthood. Dr. Park has carried on the tradition. “The stability of knowing they can visit the same practice year after year means a lot to these patients and their families,” he said.
“I like that I can make a difference through my dental practice,” Dr. Park said. “Our practice treats patients across the socioeconomic spectrum. I believe dental care should be for everyone.”
Dr. Park is a winner of the 2017 10 Under 10 Award. Nominations for the 2018 10 Under 10 Awards opened Oct. 1. To submit a new dentist, visit ADA.org/10Under10.