“There will always be free enterprise, private practice for the caring dentist that seeks excellence for his patients through the exercise of the greatest care, skill, and judgment at her command. For those of you who are concerned, do not worry, for they will seek you out!”
F. Harold Wirth, D.D.S.
Dr. Wirth was my first real mentor, with our first encounter in my senior year in dental school. His message was that each person should be treated as an individual, and with respect and dignity. He taught us to get to know our patients and to find out what they were most concerned about and to help them get what they wanted. When we were granted permission to deliver their care, it was our moral and ethical duty to provide the best care we could at the time.
His real message to us was to love our patients. He was a giant in dentistry and his ideas and concepts are still celebrated today. A room in his honor at the LSU School of Dentistry still remains and I’m proud to serve on the F. Harold Wirth Committee, dedicated to the ideals he professed.
It seems appropriate for a prospective client/patient who is entertaining the thought of entering a new firm or practice, to have some idea of the belief system within that organization.
Below are our top 10 beliefs and to the best of our ability, we attempt to live these beliefs day in and day out.
- That all who enter our practice will be treated with respect and dignity
- That each person who enters will be treated as an individual, with unique goals and desires.
- That given the correct information within a caring relationship, we will make decisions about our health that are in our best interests.
- That each individual should know:
- The state of their oral conditions
- The choices for treating those conditions
- The consequences of those choices
- The cost of the treatment prior to beginning
- That our teeth are meant to last a lifetime.
- That all disease is preventable.
- That it is better to prevent than to treat a problem.
- That it is better to treat the cause and not just the symptoms of a problem.
- That the health of the mouth can affect the overall health of the body.
- That we are responsible for our own health.
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, what are you doing?
The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.
Son, the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said… I made a difference for that one.
The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
Mike Robichaux, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.C.D.
1965-68: Louisiana Tech and University of Southwestern Louisiana
1968-1972: Graduated charter class LSU School of Dentistry
1972 to present: Accumulated over 4,000 hours of postgraduate training
1983: Achieved Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry
1999: Achieved Mastership status in AGD (awarded to those dentists who have
achieved Fellowship status and have completed a challenging course of hands-on
study in 16 dental disciplines, totaling 600 hours of continuing education.
Honors and Positions:
1968: President of the first class at LSUSD
1972: President of the student body at LSUSD
1972 to present: Member in good standing of the New Orleans, Louisiana, and American Dental Associations
1975: First president of the LSUSD Alumni Association
1976-1993: Held numerous positions within the New Orleans Dental Association
1991: President of the New Orleans Dental Association
1992: President of the Louisiana Academy of General Dentistry
1992: Inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Honor Society
1994: Inducted into the Academy of Dentistry International
Chaired Master Track four year program designed to make one eligible for
achieving Mastership status in the AGD
1994: Served on the search committee as a practicing dentist to select a new dean for
LSU School of Dentistry
1996 to present: Lectured nationwide to practicing dentists
1994 to present: Board member and chairman of the curriculum committee for the Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education (the independent arm for LSUSD
Continuing Education department)
1997: Inducted into the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration
Assistant clinical instructor at LSU School of Dentistry
2000: Selected Alumni of the Year by LSUSD Alumni Association
2001: Elected Fellow of the American College of Dentists
2001: Inducted into the American Equilibration Society
2002: Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
2003: Received the Mark Locantro Award from the Louisiana AGD2005: Katrina struck Slidell and the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida2005 to present: Lectured yearly at the Schuster Center on the relationship-based practice of dentistry
2008-2011: member of the National Study Club; a group of like minded dentists, organized by Dr. Bob Frazer; purpose was to promote personal and professional growth in the health-centered arena of dentistry
2009-2012: Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration; an academy dedicated to leadership, life balance, and success; comprised of dentists that are seeking cutting edge ways to deliver high quality dentistry within quality relationships with their teams and patients.
Hobbies: Golf, golf, golf, etc.