Preventing Touchdowns and Tooth Decay

Dr. Terry Schmidt, who spent more than a decade playing in the NFL before becoming a dentist and CMDA member, chats with Dr. Mike Chupp and Dr. Bill Griffin on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast.

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Dr. Terry Schmidt graduated from Columbus, Indiana High School in 1970 and attended Ball State University with an undergraduate degree in biology. He was accepted to dental school; however, he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints football team and decided to give the NFL a try. He played 11 years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears. He attended Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago and graduated as co-valedictorian in 1989. He completed a GPR residency at the North Chicago VA Medical Center and then was hired as a staff dentist. During his 29 years as a VA dentist, he served as a staff dentist, resident director and chief of dental service. He worked at four different VA’s in North Chicago, Illinois; Tampa, Florida; Asheville, North Carolina; and Mountain Home, Tennessee. During his career as a VA dentist, he participated in multiple medical mission trips to countries in Central and South America and Africa.


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