My brother was graduating from Clemson and he was having a hard time finding a job, and I thought, “That's going to be me in a couple of years.“ I started looking around and tried to find another school to get into. I looked around, and I thought dentists were pretty cool people, you know, and so I went for it.
I went to Newbury College, then I went to the Medical University of South Carolina for dental school, and then the Medical College of Virginia for my endo degree. I do continuing education continuously. I think of myself as a student, and I never miss the American Association of Endodontic meeting. That's where one can really learn something. I go to the IFE meeting, International Federation of Endodontics, which is usually abroad, periodically. I'll go to one of those, probably about every five years.
It's been something that keeps you up to date. I also think I'm a student because I'm teaching at the medical university, and our residents and students constantly challenge you. You're constantly having to learn to keep up.
My role here is to provide excellent dental care in a place that already seeks the best possible care, demands high quality dentistry. I think we bring to a different level our care by having different providers providing specialized service.
The most rewarding part of dentistry for me is the challenge of getting a patient to enjoy being in the dental chair having a root canal. I kid about that a lot. I always ask them if they're having fun. I tell them it's a must that they have fun before they leave. I think they can do that. In most cases, I think we are successful in doing that.
Dr. J. Wade Nichols received bachelor’s degrees in business administration and chemistry from Newberry College, then finished his dental degree at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 1975. He completed his endodontics training at the Medical College of Virginia in 1980. Outside of work, his interests include hunting, fishing, sailing, and gardening.