Bob Harris, DDS
Recently someone asked me how long I have been a dentist. The reply was that I was born a dentist, but it took a while to get my license.
I’m proud to say I was born in Grassy Creek. That is in Mitchell County, just a bit north of Asheville. Our family has been in Western North Carolina for something like seven generations, and have some Cherokee in the mix. We are about as local as anyone could be. I still live in Asheville, where I have a son in college and a macaw at home.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a rural area where there were thousands of acres of wild lands, woods, and streams, and the glory of Nature. This gave me the chance to observe the natural world and develop my curiosity. I studied everything I could get my hands on and again was fortunate to have the University of North Carolina where there were so much knowledge and so many people to help me.
Back then, our degrees had simple names. The biology degree was conferred, and then they directed me across campus to Caldwell Hall, which contained the philosophy department. That’s where people who asked too many questions were sent. Biology and the various sciences were great, but what did all of it mean? We worked on that and a degree came as well.
Desiring to possess some sort of medical education seemed necessary. Having the gift of steady and able hands, and really enjoying meeting all sorts of people, I decided dentistry looked to be the career to pursue. They really challenged us there, but after some years, that degree went up on the wall too.
Fortunate again, I was asked to join the practice of Dr. Pierce Roberts here in Asheville. He was a masterful and brilliant man with a fine practice. My career was underway.
A few decades have passed and dentistry has been very good to me. I have met so many people and enjoyed so many life opportunities. Now, as a mature clinician, it’s usually easy to see what is in the best interest of our patients.
The most fortunate part of my life is that I have had parents and extended family who gave me opportunity to do these things, and to carry forward the values that enable us to live lives to be proud of.
We cannot do everything for everyone, but I would be proud to help you along your own path.