After 40-plus years of dentistry, I’ve come to realize that we dentists are more than tooth docs. By caring for patients and being there for them when they need us, we become their friends and, in some cases, part of their support system.
I value each patient and try to earn their trust by listening to their needs and their expectations. Learning who a person is, and how best to approach their treatment, is my goal. I enjoy the diversity of my days and, most of all, the people who I spend time with.
I love taking care of people, and that is true of my son, Dr. Robert Calem, and our staff too!
Education and Experience
I come from a family of dentists, although my dad was the exception. I’m proud to say that my son Rob has chosen to continue the family tradition.
I attended the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science. Dental school was at Temple School of Dentistry (now known as Kornberg School of Dentistry), where I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1979.
I’ve been practicing in South Williamsport for nearly four decades. Hard to imagine that; the time has passed so quickly! We consider our patients to be family and I often remark that I have thousands of kids. Over the years, we have cared for generations of families and I find that aspect of my career to be exceptionally rewarding.
Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
Throughout my years of practice, I have actively sought out and enjoyed many hours of continuing education courses. Keeping up with new training and techniques, reviewing the latest research, and assessing the newest trends ensures I stay at the leading edge of developments.
I am a member of the Spear Study Club, as well as the American and Pennsylvania Dental Associations, and enjoy learning anything new. Our patients are very aware of our commitment to modern comprehensive dentistry, often remarking on updates and changes to the practice.
I grew up in Queens, New York, and have one brother. My wife and I have two adult children.
I love Pittsburgh sports, especially Penguins ice hockey. Our patients know this, so during the season hockey is often a subject of conversation. I’m also a model train enthusiast, closet accordion player, lover of lacrosse, and Lego model builder. My wife Cindy and I enjoy hiking the region’s easier trails, and visiting the many Frank Lloyd Wright sites around the country.