Why Did You Decide to Become a Dentist?
Dr. Leon had an older cousin who graduated from medical school in 1974, and the family went out to dinner afterward. At one point in the conversation, the cousin looked at him and his brother and said something that would change the trajectory of his life: “You guys are smart – you should be doctors!”
It was as simple as that. Dr. Leon had great respect and admiration for his cousin, so to hear such a thing when he was fourteen years old was earth-shattering. Today, he is still truly thankful for that moment and vote of confidence. Dentistry became the perfect vehicle for him to achieve that goal.
Where Did You Study Dentistry?
After completing his undergraduate career at Bethany College, Dr. Leon pursued his doctorate at Western Virginia University. He also has a certification in orthodontics from the United States Dental Institute. Over the years, he has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses from some of the top programs in America in order to further expand his dental talents, including the Frank Spear Institute, the Pete Dawson Academy, and the Ross Nash Teaching Academy. Before coming to Ohio, he also practiced in Florida in a dental office that had every specialty in-office, which provided a lot of valuable, hands-on experience and made him feel like he was doing a residency every day! He is currently a member of the Dublin Implant Study Club.
Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?
Dr. Leon and his wife Mary have been married for over 30 years. She attended the Pharmacy School at West Virginia University while he was studying dentistry, which is how they met. Together, they have two adult children named Nicolette (who currently teaches in Spain) and Luke (a junior at Washington University who is studying business). In his free time, he enjoys staying active through exercise, reading, and drinking tea – the combination of all three makes for the start of a great day! He also cooks, plays golf, cycles, goes to church and does his best to be helpful around the house.
Here's an interesting fact about Dr. Leon: he has three moles on the upper portion of his back that make a perfect triangle! Therefore, he’ll never need a tattoo for the sake of identification.