Local dentist receives rare honor from peers
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | | 1
Rollingwood dentist Tor Gotun has been named the 2012 Lifelong Learning and Service recipient by the Academy of General Dentistry.
Longtime Westbank dentist Tor Gotun has awarded the 2012 Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition honor from the Academy of General Dentistry. AGD selects recipients of the award for their commitment to lifelong learning, volunteering services to communities in need, mentoring and participating in organized dentistry.
“Recipients of the LLSR are true leaders among our organization and wholly embrace the AGD’s core principles and ideals,” says AGD president Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD. “For Dr. Gotun, this award symbolizes a career of excellence in dentistry and demonstrates the characteristics of a role model to his fellow dentists and to members of the community.”
Gotun decided to become a dentist when he finished his pre-med education in Norway, after he realized that he loved to use his hands as well as treat patients. It gave him the feeling that dentistry was an art, he said.
He graduated from the University of Oslo Dental School, Norway in 1979 and later acquired a license from Baylor College of Dentistry in Texas. He established his practice in Austin in 1985.In addition to the AGD, Gotun is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Austin District Dental Society, Capital Area Dental Society, American Orthodontic Society, Norwegian Dental Society, Central Texas Institute for Implant Studies and Central Texas Institute for Occlusal Studies.
Practicing in Rollingwood for 28 years, he has more than 3,000 hours of continuing education under his belt.
“Any education that is required to get a license is simply a bare minimum of what you need to be able to practice in your field,” he said. “There is always an evolution in any industry that one has to follow to be up-to-date on the changes that can be beneficial to patients, and to be able to deliver the best treatment. Just like exercise keeps your body in shape, I believe constant learning keeps your brain sharp. “
Gotun has been active in many community organizations over the years, including the Theo Project, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, LiveStrong and HealthFest. He serves as a mentor for students interested in dentistry at Westlake High School and chairs the Education Committee for Texas AGD.
Gotun is the first Central Texas dentist to receive the AGD honor.
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