When Timothy Garvey, D.M.D, decided he wanted to be a dentist, he imagined having his own practice — just a small one.
He never thought he would be teaching UF dentistry students, spending his free time providing dental care to people in rural areas of the Dominican Republic and working almost exclusively with patients with special needs at a UF-sanctioned office in Tacachale.
“This was nothing like what my career plan was,” he said, laughing.
But after 35 years of practicing dentistry, Garvey said his idea of a small practice “eventually morphed into this, which is the best of all worlds.”
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