Houston R. Tanner, DDS, says he was drawn to dentistry as early as high school, having a keen interest in health professions and a desire to work with his hands. General dentistry appealed to him, providing the opportunity to be continually learning and challenging him to continually expand his knowledge. “I remember how knowledgeable – and kind – my dentist was when I was young,” he says. “When I was in his chair, I knew I was his number one concern and priority. I want my patients to have that same confidence and faith in me!”
Dr. Tanner graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a BS in Microbiology, and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery qualification at the Creighton School of Dentistry. He is fluent in Spanish, which he learned during his two years of mission work in Chile. Dr. Tanner says he and his wife chose Salina as a place to raise their children for its small-town feel, similar to where he grew up in rural Idaho. “Salina, Kansas, is a great place to be, and I haven’t regretted our choice for a moment,” he says.
When it comes to his job, Dr. Tanner says having the patient’s best interests at heart is what makes him a great dentist. “I go above and beyond to make sure patient concerns are understood, their questions addressed, and their dental care delivered with all the skill I can hone and perfect.” He says being a general dentist was the right choice, but admits to a fascination with endodontics and surgical dentistry.
When he’s not delivering exceptional care for his patients, Dr. Tanner can be found hanging out with his wife, Rebecca, and the couple’s two daughters, Kyree and Lily at home or playing a game of golf or racquetball before heading to get ice cream (the girl’s favorite treat!). He also enjoys running, building furniture, and assembling computers and electronic gadgets. Dr. Tanner believes strongly that service to others defines the individual, consequently he participates in church activities, Scouting, and delivering dental services to underserved populations, such as the residents of the Sioux Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota, where he served his externship.