Meet Dr. Messer
You could say, I was born to serve. As long as I can remember; pitching in and doing my part to help others has been expected of me. I was the second oldest out of nine children. My father, who was an Army Chaplin, and my mom taught us that if we were going to make it as a family, we all had to do our part.
We moved multiple times while growing up, so I quickly learned home was wherever the family was living at the time. After traveling all over the world, I graduated from Lawton High School. My plans of attending a Missouri college suddenly changed when my father got deployed. Mom needed help with the seven remaining kids at home, so I returned to Lawton and earned my undergraduate degree from Cameron University.
While in college, I had an influential uncle suggest that I explore dentistry as a career. Dentistry seemed like a noble service however, the dental school tuition and expenses were going to be a hurdle. There were military scholarships available, and because all I had known up to then, was a military life, the decision to make a military commitment in exchange for financial assistance through school was a no-brainer.
During dental school, I made friends with a classmate Nathan Brown, whose dad had created a dental model, Custom Dental, which allowed dentists the opportunity to be in business for themselves but not by themselves. Although the opportunity looked enticing, I had other service commitments to fill.
Right after dental school graduation, I married my wife and life partner, Haley, and we headed off for Belgium to provide dental services for our men and women in the armed forces. We thoroughly enjoyed our military experience. It gave us a chance to see the world and develop professionally. As rewarding, as the military opportunity was, in the back of my mind the opportunity to serve others in my own practice kept lurking.
Finally, when the papers to commit to more military time in exchange for advanced training were presented, I contacted my dental school friend, Nathan, and asked him about the Custom Dental opportunity.
So here I am, back in Oklahoma, with a whole new opportunity to serve! My life goals have almost been fulfilled. The only thing missing is you. Come by or give me a call. I would love to meet you and show you how a military preacher’s kid has been trained to serve you.