Parker County Today January 2018 - Page 9

tiful smile they want and a healthy airway along with the smile. PCT: What advice can you give others who may want to follow in your footsteps? DR: The most valuable advice I can give to someone who wants to follow in my footsteps is learn how to communicate effectively and pursue a college education. Remember, you never stop learning! Go and “shadow” a dentist and see if you like the profession. Do some research on the profession and look at the future opportunities that are out there. PCT: What is the best piece of advice you can give to customers? DR: The best advice I can give to customers is be an advocate for your own body. If you have questions, be sure to ask them. You deserve outstanding customer service and the best possible care there is out there. Research the website, the procedures that are performed, the history of the practice, the doctors and the reviews. PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have seen in your field? DR: The most interesting thing I have seen in my field was a surgery performed by a local oral surgeon. He totally reconstructed a patient’s lower jaw from the patient’s own lower leg bone using pins, screws, plates and implants. Another interest- ing thing I have seen in my field is how early orthodontic intervention in children can assist in proper growth and development of not only the jaws but of the patient’s most important essential asset – the AIRWAY! Secondary principal, Trinity Christian Academy Author of young adult fantasy novels KN: Whenever that question comes up, I always think of the quote, “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes. I suppose I’d want to be remembered as someone who genu- inely cared about others, regardless of who they were or what they could do for me. PCT: If you could have lunch with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be? KN: One of my all-time favorite musi- cians was Rich Mullins. Many people may not know who that is, but I’ve always respected him as a musician and for his wisdom on how to live a life of grace and mercy.  PCT: How did you choose your occu- pation? KN: I have been in education for 21 years. I first started working with teenagers as a youth minister, then after Gretchen and I were married, we worked as house parents at Happy Hill Farm in Glen Rose. I began teaching at Trinity Christian Academy in 1997. In 2004, we moved to New Orleans, where we lived for nine years before returning to Texas in 2013.   PCT: What is your favorite novel? KN: The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner, and Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. PCT: What do you do to decompress? KN: Build a fire in the fire pit outside if the weather is cool. If not, Netflix and a comfy chair is always an option. PCT: What would you most like to be remembered for? PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever?  KN: I love to travel and I love to visit NYC. A day in the city followed by an evening at a nice restaurant and a Broadway show is a pretty perfect day! PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give?  KN: Love others and serve them. Find a way to look beyond yourself and your own desires and live for something that will last after you’ve left this world. PCT: What is the coolest thing you have ever done in your life? KN: Well, for any fellow Broadway nerds, I got to sit second row at Hamilton and saw the original cast perform. I’ve also met Lin Manuel Miranda. (The nerds get it.) PCT: What is something people don’t know about you? KN: That when I was 13 I was in a motorcycle wreck with my dad. We were hit by an 18-wheeler on the interstate. I was thrown from the motorcycle and the truck actually ran over my arm. Needless to say, there was a long recovery, but that was something that changed my life at a young age. I am also a Young Adult Fantasy Author and playwright. I’ve written five novels and several plays that have been performed in high schools. PCT: What is ȁЁѼAɭ) չ)-8 $́$ٔѡ)љհѡݽɱٕ)䰁ȁ͕ٕɅ́䰁$ٔ)ѡչѼЁѡٕ)Ց̸$ݽɬݡɔ)ѕ́$͕Ё٥)䁕ᅵȁѡ]ЁѼ)͡܁ѡ܁Ѽqt݅)ѡЁ́ձѕ)ѡѼ͕͔ٔȁѡ)ѡ̸͕ٕ$ٔѼٔѡ)Ѽ䁕ͥ́́ͥѥٔ)ЁAɭȁ չ䁅́ݡ)]ɔ䁹́əаЁݔ)ɥٔѼ͍ѡЁ͕ٕ́)չ䁅Ʌѕ́Դ)ٔȁ)A P]Ё́ͽѡѡЁѡ)eЁ܁Ёԁȁȁ)HAѥӊé䁹Ё܁ѡЁ$)ɥ䁄e$݅́ɸ)Ʌ͕9܁)͕䄄!ݕٕȰ$)ѼQ́́Ё́$ձAѥӊe)䁹Ё܁ѡЁ$ɽ٥)ձѥՑ͕٥́ѡЁѡ䁵)Ёٕ݅ɔ$)ѽ́Յɑ̰ɽͥ)ݡѕȁѕѠɕЁȁՌ)ѥٔͱɅѕȁѕѠ)ݥѠ%٥ͅɕЁȁ)́Q5(ɽ̸)-9(