Conor Peterson, DDS, a native Vermonter who grew up in Williston, has joined the Community Dental Clinic as a general dentist. He received his undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University and graduate degree at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he was awarded The Harvey D. Sprowl Award, presented to the student who has “consistently displayed a genuine concern for patient’s needs, has shown a passion for the delivery of quality comprehensive care, and has Gone Beyond the Call of Duty.
Peterson was a dental resident at UVM Medical Center in Burlington before joining Community Dental Clinic. “Coming out of residency I knew I wanted to work in public health, where I would get a lot of hands-on experience doing different procedures and where I could learn from other dentists. In Vermont, a lot of work is done by general dentists because we don’t have the specialists. I like doing everything. It helps expand my knowledge base,” Peterson says.
Peterson admits that working in someone’s mouth is difficult. “It’s a small, dark, wet space and every tooth is a project, from filling a cavity to doing a root canal to putting on a crown. I like that kind of challenge and I also like working with my hands.”
When he was considering career choices, Peterson gave thought to either working in health care or being a professional canoe guide. “I am passionate about canoeing and led canoe trips for up to 30 days at a time through traditional Voyageur routes in rugged Northern Canadian wilderness,” he says. His motivation to help others won out, and he pursued a dental career. “Community Dental Clinic is a public clinic where I can treat emergent dental problems, and I like that.”
In his spare time Peterson continues to enjoy canoeing and is looking forward to completing his first trail running marathon. He is a member of the Jay Peak ski patrol, and his hobbies include woodworking and auto mechanics. “It’s always good to have hobbies outside of work. I like taking things apart, figuring out how they work, and putting them back together.”
No doubt his patients will appreciate his manual dexterity when his hands are in their mouths!
Dr. Peterson is seeing new patients as well as existing ones. For an appointment or more information call Community Dental Clinic, 802-888-7585.