Daniel E Wilson, DMD was born in West Palm Beach. Dr. Wilson calls the Northwest home and has lived here for the majority of his life. After moving from Florida at age 1, his family moved to Puyallup, WA. Dr. Wilson called Puyallup home for six years.
After living in Puyallup, Dr. Wilson’s family moved to Singapore. The Wilson family lived in Singapore for six years. His family decided to move back to the United States, and they called West Linn, OR home. Daniel E Wilson graduated Valedictorian from West Linn High School. Then, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in California.
Daniel E Wilson earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2001. Immediately following dental school, he completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) at the VA Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
He has been practicing and living in Clark County since 2002. Before 2014, Dr. Wilson and Dr. David Nutter shared a practice together. Unfortunately, through the years, Dr. Wilson has had four surgeries in the base of his tongue and mandible to remove a highly aggressive tumor.
In 2014, doctors decided after the most recent operation that subsequent chemotherapy and radiation was the next course of treatment. He then sold his half of the dental practice and took five months off to recover. Fortunately, all the MRI’s have come back negative, and he has been doing great.
Dr. Wilson and his wife, Dr. Kristine Aadland, love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit other parts of the United States and teach other dentists about newer technologies in dentistry. When Dr. Wilson and his wife are not touring and teaching advanced dental techniques, he can often be seen chasing around his four children with their sports and activities. He has been active in coaching the boys or sometimes serving on the board for his children’s activities.
Dr. Wilson grew up playing and watching sports, with golf, baseball, and basketball being his favorites. He loves the outdoors and enjoys golfing, tennis, running and working out, water sports, and snow skiing. Moreover, during those quieter moments, he likes to sit down with a good book and enjoy a nice glass of wine.
How old were you, and what made you decide you wanted to become a dentist?
I was in college when I finally made the decision to pursue a career in dentistry. A good friend and local pediatric dentist, Dr. Peter Lubisich III was a father figure and mentor to me. His passion for the profession generated a desire to pursue a career in dentistry, allow me to see this challenging field as a great opportunity to help patients.
What advice would you give to a young person considering a career in Dentistry?
I have had the privilege of watching 3 patients choose a field in dentistry. I have also been fortunate enough to share my passion with high school students or college students interested in learning about dentistry. For all of them, I encourage them to learn as much about what we do on a daily basis with different doctors that are excited about their profession. I encourage them to find a career that get them excited to grow and learn. I am lucky to love what I do each day, and love that in the process I am able to help patients.
What is one thing you find most satisfying about being a dentist?
I love changing a patient’s outlook about the dentist. All too often, we hear the words, “I’m sure you are a nice guy, but I hate the dentist”. It may not happen overnight, but I love seeing those patients that wouldn’t come in for years, look forward to their next visits because of the trust they have in the care we provide for them.
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