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In their own words, doctors share how Spear has impacted their lives, practices and communities.
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Dr. Heather Adams

"I have established the foundation for a great career in just three years."

Dr. Heather Adams graduated with a degree in computer information systems and was pursuing a career with IBM when she decided to switch tracks and finally join the profession of her dreams—a profession she was introduced to when she worked in a dental office during her college years. She began practicing dentistry in 2010.

Dr. Heather Adams

General Practitioner,
Bentonville, Ark.

Dr. Adams's Story

"The workshops have been the best education I have ever received."

Dr. Peter Virga is the managing partner of a large group practice in Watertown, New York, where he has been practicing for 25 years. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has additional advanced education in oral biology.

Dr. Peter Virga

General Practitioner,
Watertown, N.Y.

Dr. Virga's Story
Dr. David Barget

"We have raised the bar for what is possible in patient care."

Two years after becoming a periodontist in 1997, Dr. David Barget joined a well-established practice—in fact it was the first periodontal practice in the Scottsdale area when his partner opened it in 1972. As a lecturer and clinical researcher, he understands the value of staying engaged with the profession at a high level.

Dr. David Barget

Periodontist,
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dr. Barget's Story
Dr. Joseph S. Kim

"Leading this study club has elevated my practice."

Dr. Joseph Kim has been in practice since 1997 in an area of California (just a couple of miles from Google headquarters) that has come to be synonymous with the entrepreneurial spirit. His practice has enjoyed consistent growth over the years. That's because he maintains a pure focus on the highest quality of patient care, with uncompromised effort in collegial improvement.

Dr. Joseph S. Kim

Oral Surgeon,
Mountain View, Calif.

Dr. Kim's Story
Dr. Greg Phillips

"I like the opportunity it gives me to be a leader in the dental community."

Dr. Greg Phillips is one of only two periodontists in Columbus, a community of about 38,000, 45 minutes outside of Indianapolis. He opened his specialty practice in 1992 (he had previously practiced for five years as a GP), and over the years he's come to some interesting conclusions about what makes for an effective study club.

Dr. Greg Phillips

Periodontist,
Columbus, Ind.

Dr. Phillips's Story