Fort Dodge Region Top 10 Under 40

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Dr. Jonathan DeJong

What sparked your interest in your career path?

When I was a teenager, I became interested in dentistry after job shadowing our family dentist.  I thought it was a pretty cool way to use art and science combined.  It seemed that most dentists I’d met were well-respected professionals. While in Dental School, I found that Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons performed life changing surgeries.   I was able to observe multiple cases in the operating room such as facial trauma, cancer surgery, and jaw reconstruction.  It was at that point I was hooked.  One of the more enjoyable aspects of my profession is reconstructive facial surgery and trauma repair.
 

What’s the best part of your work?

The best part of my profession is being able to change peoples’ perception of dentistry.  Many people are nervous when coming to see the Oral Surgeon, but I tell them that Oral Surgeons are the best kind of dentist.  We can make any experience a pleasant one.  Only Oral Surgeons are trained in general anesthesia so we can provide a level of comfort that no other dental specialty can.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to never let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do.  Instead, I was told to put in the work and you can be able to do whatever you set your mind to.

What’s the best part of living in the Fort Dodge area?

The best part about living in Fort Dodge are the kindhearted and giving people in this community.  We’ve been very fortunate to make some lifelong friends since moving back home that also have been very generous to the greater Fort Dodge Community.  We also love that we’re near almost all of our immediate family.  Both sets of grandparents and one of our two sisters and families live in Fort Dodge.

What’s your advice to other young professionals?

My advice to other young professionals is to get involved in something you’re interested in the community.  Serve on a commission, join a service organization, or help out on a committee at your church.  There are an abundance of opportunities out there for people to get involved.   

What’s on your bucket list?

I have a couple of bucket list items.  One is to kiteboard along the coast of Brazil.  The other is to get a seaplane rating. 

What would you like to share about your family and/or hobbies?

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Andrea.  We both graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High.  We have 3 children: Mina, Charlotte, and Simon.  One of my hobbies is flying airplanes. My dad worked for the FAA and both he and my uncle (a pilot) got me interested in flying at an early age. I’ve had my pilot license for 3 years and have an instrument rating. The longest trip I’ve personally fl own was a flight with Matt Johnson to Carlsbad, CA last year. 

What improvements would make your community an even better place to live?

Andrea and I came back to Fort Dodge in 2010 after being gone for 12 years of school.  It absolutely was a joy to return to our hometown and see it much more active and contemporary than when we left.  I encourage continued giving of whatever combination of time, resources, and energy you have.  There are great things ahead for Fort Dodge, and we just all need to do our part to see it succeed!

 
 

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