In this episode, I talk to Stephen Sutton, dentist and owner of Marsh Valley Dental in Downey, Idaho. Stephen is a good friend and we graduated in the same class at Marsh Valley High School. We talk about Stephen’s idyllic childhood and decision to follow in his father’s footsteps and the privilege and burden of living up to a father’s name and example. We talk about the history of Downey, how his clinic ended up there, the town’s current challenges, and how he is trying to make difference. We also talk about corporatization and consolidation in the dental industry and his approach to fighting it - including his inspiring view on collaboration and focusing on his employees - so that he can maintain his unique rural practice and lifestyle. We end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question.
Podcast music: “A Happy Day” by codemusic, http://www.jamendo.com, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/