Dr. Karl Jobst, founder of Grand Lake Dental, is an experienced business owner who has served the greater Grove, Oklahoma area for nearly 20 years. Check out our Q. and A. session to learn more about his take on dental technology, giving back and piloting.
- Please tell us more about yourself and your company.
It has been almost 20 years since I founded Grand Lake Dental, and I am immensely proud of how the practice has continued to grow while consistently adhering to the service-oriented, patient-centered values it was originally founded upon. Ever since graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, my staff and I have maintained a commitment to continuing education with the goal of ensuring our patients have access to the most advanced dental care available.
- Not all dentists have their own practice. What inspired you to want to become an entrepreneur?
Technological advances have made it possible to provide patients with a wide variety of dental care options, and running my own practice ensures I am always able to offer the most effective cutting-edge technologies to the wonderful patients I’ve served for nearly 20 years. I also enjoy the additional challenges associated with entrepreneurship and the sense of accomplishment derived from overcoming those inherent challenges.
- How do you stay ahead of the curve in your industry?
My staff and I are quite serious about continuing education and agree that ongoing professional development efforts enable us to provide our patients with the greatest level of dental care possible. As a result of this ongoing commitment, we are uniquely equipped to recognize opportunities for innovation that will help us better serve our patients in some way. In addition to our ongoing educational and professional development efforts, Grand Lake Dental has always invested in the latest and most promising technologies as they become available.
- One myth you’d like to shatter about your industry?
There have been many instances in which a patient expresses surprise over the simplicity of a completed procedure and the ease with which it was completed, and I can’t tell you how many times one of my patients has explained that they expected a much more invasive and uncomfortable experience.
As an industry, we have made a great deal of progress to ensure our patients are comfortable by developing new, minimally invasive techniques to replace procedures that had long ago developed a reputation for being anything but comfortable. Despite this progress, many of the same longstanding myths about difficult or uncomfortable procedures continue to persist.
- You’re also a pilot (awesome). Please tell us more about that.
Yes, being a pilot is indeed awesome. Even after 1,200 flight hours, flying is still a truly awe-inspiring experience that will always bring me a great deal of joy. And while I am passionate about flying and would love to do so more often, there are few things more rewarding than spending time with my wife while giving back to a community that has been so unbelievably supportive for so many years.