GET TO KNOW DR. MARTIN
1. What’s your favorite memory or moment with a patient?
There have been many great memories, but one time I had a twelve or thirteen year old boy with severely peg and pointed front teeth. Kinda like a cat. He was too young for definitive crowns or veneers, but plenty old to be teased at school and worry about them. We did some direct, tooth colored resin , veneers on his front 6 teeth. When we finished and I showed him a mirror his first sentence was,” I look real.” His mom cried. I did too. The young man was so happy. It was the first time that I truly realized how dentistry can change some ones life.
2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go, and who would you take with you?
I would definitely take my wife. She is my rock and the foundation that keeps my life in balance. I have been truly blessed by her. Where would we go? A two month sabbatical in Australia. Great barrier reef, Sydney, the outback, etc. High on the current bucket list.
3. What are your favorite things to do during your free time?
During my free time I love to hunt and fish. I’ve got some great buddies that I do both with and my kids are becoming good little anglers themselves.
4. What is one skill or talent you always wanted to have?
True musicians have an ear. They can hear something and play it. Like a jazz man improvising around the cords. I could read music, but I never had the ear. It’s a talent I wished I had.
5. As a little kid what did you dream of becoming as a grown up?
I think a pediatrician. My dad worked awfully hard physically as an electrician and always planted the seed of a more white collared profession. I also think he felt they made a lot of money too.
6. What is your favorite food?
I’m eating chocolate ice cream as I’m typing this. That’s high on the list. Seafood too. Soft-shelled crabs, scallops, lump backfin blue crab, hard to beat.
7. What would your first thought be if you learned that you won the lottery?
My family would be secure and that I could now help more people. I’d also payoff our churches debt. Its a big drag on our congregation.
8. If I take a look inside your refrigerator, what would I find?
Nothing, my wife’s flower beds look great but the cupboard’s are bare. Please send food, the kids and I are starving!!!! Our freezer has 9 gallons of frozen fish chum that I didn’t use last summer. My wife is very tolerant.
9. Where did you meet your wife?
In a bar. He He. Anyone that knows my wife would realize how funny that is. She and her school teaching buddies from Grafton middle school would have happy hour on Friday afternoons at Cheddars. My sister in law is a teacher too, and my brother and I would pick her up from there, and often stay awhile. The day I was finally going to ask Dawn out, I told my office manager Kathy that I was interested in this girl and I was going to ask her out. She looked me up and down, and said, not wearing that you’re not. I rescheduled an appointment and went to the mall for a brand new outfit – from shoes to shirt. Walked into Cheddars, and guess who was out of town that weekend? Had to wear my new duds on our first date. I guess they looked alright.
10. What’s your favorite quote, and why?
“Some men fish all their lives, and never know what they seek” Outdoor pursuits tie us to our world, our ancestry, and our heritage. There is balance, harmony, and peace on the water and in the woods. Fish don’t care what you do for a living, how much you make, or how many hours you put in. One has to enter their world, slow down and fool them every once in awhile.