Dr. David “Robby” Primrose
Meet Our Newest Duvall Dentist
I chose to go into dentistry, I wake up every day to do this because I love people. I enjoy the face-to-face meeting new people and building relationships with people I've known for years. It's very fun to see people grow, and it's fun to be a part of their life. Sometimes it's great. Sometimes it's a little more stressful, but I enjoy all of it. There's no better way to get to know somebody then just sitting there face-to-face with them like this. As for dentistry as a profession, I know there are a lot of things you can do to be around people, but it's the health care aspect. Wellness is important to me, and we live in a world full of health distraction, and if I can be an advocate for somebody's well-being from an oral health standpoint and systemic, I love to play a little part in that. Being there with people a couple times a year, helping them stay healthy and guiding them through all that is rewarding to me.
I went to the University of Denver, studied biology, chemistry, all the stuff that everybody seems to do when they're interested in medicine or dentistry, and loved all of it. And then you get to dental school, and you really get your foundation. It was wonderful. I got to the University of Washington, had a fantastic time, great faculty, great classmates, mentors. University of Washington has graduate programs in all specialties of dentistry. So you have the freedom to spend time dipping your toes into whatever it might interest you at the time. And being a general dentist, obviously, I had my moments where I was super passionate about every little thing along the way, and that's probably what made me realize I wanted to be a general dentist, getting to throughout your career get really excited about different facets of dentistry.
As for continuing education, I try to invest as much as I can. You really, really get a foundation in dental school, but real learning begins when you graduate. You take what you have and you build on it. And Dr. Tyler, he's the perfect example of that. I know a lot of dentists, and very, very few do a tenth of what this guy's doing. It's amazing. Being in a position I am and having the guidance of somebody who's really begun to invest in their future education, it's amazing. So I do the much more than the minimum CE required each year. I don't even know, I think it's like 25, 30 hours, or they just changed the policy. But I think I've done 250 hours since I graduated 18 months ago. So I'm trying to do as much as I can and grow.
The most rewarding aspect of dentistry to me is probably the immediate gratification you get from helping somebody establish health, wellness, function. Like I said, I was obviously interested in medicine as most people are. Dentistry pulled me away because I get to create a solution to a problem immediately. Somebody comes in in pain, broken tooth, infection, or they're just upset with something about their smile, the functionality. We can create a healthier situation almost immediately. Things can get complex obviously, but being able to provide a service for somebody right then and there and have them leave the door feeling better, it makes me enjoy my job.
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