The 2013 Kansas Dental Association’s Dentist of the Year Award was presented to Dr. David Hamel of Marysville. Hamel was selected for the award by KDA President, Dr. Craig Herre.
“Dr. Dave Hamel is a well deserving recipient of this year’s Dentist of the Year award,” said Herre. “Dave is a passionate, tireless worker for the dentists of Kansas and organized dentistry in general. In addition, he is committed to improving dental health for the citizens of Kansas with a strong effort to educate them in preventive dental practices.”
Dave Hamel was born in Falls City Nebraska and was raised in Horton KS with two brothers and two sisters. His father had a clothing store where Dave worked, learning the lessons of what clean floors and customer service mean. Along with being raised in the Methodist church, this is where many core values and principles were learned about service and community involvement. Dave even met his future wife Cheri at a summer church camp during his high school years.
Dave attended Washburn University and UMKC School of Dentistry. After graduating with honors in 1977, Dave and his wife Cheri started their home in the small rural community of Greenleaf, Kansas. Six years later Dave began a satellite practice in the nearby “big” town of Marysville, Kansas. It soon became his only practice where he has been practicing for 30 years.
While in Greenleaf, Dave and Cheri began to raise a family of two daughters, Brooke and Alison and became active in their community. Dave also expanded upon his hobby of golf. Over the years, many vacations and trips have included golf and the dream golf trip to Scotland finally took place a few years ago.
Dave is a member of the Marysville Rotary club. Dave and Cheri took the opportunity to open their home to an exchange student, which led to some more international travel. They were been blessed to travel to South Africa for the wedding of their Rotary daughter, Rose, plus took in the sights of that country. While in Marysville, Dave has served on many boards within his community, church, hospital, bank and has been a long standing board member of the Marshall County Community Education and Resource Center, a facilitating organization for several social programs in Marshall County.
Dave has become a career long journeyman in his profession. It is a journey to learn and stay up to date. His goal is to provide excellent dental care with a true focus upon health and to implement that into his practice. At the same time, working with the local Resource Center, he has maintained an outreach to his community caring for those in need.
During his professional career, Dave has been given the opportunity to serve his profession as a member and officer at all levels of the KDA, including KDA president 2010. He has also served as state president of the KS AGD and he cherishes his longtime friendships forged by his involvement with all his associations and especially a KS study club formed so many years ago with other dentists excited about learning. During his time with the KDA, Dave has both enjoyed and been enlightened by how the world including the dental issues, move inside the world of state politics. He also sees how a strong organization is important when working with the state legislative leaders and while promoting oral health.