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Meet James M. Peery III

What Brought Me To Dentistry

My father is also a dentist but it never registered as a possible career for me until I graduated college. I had always leaned toward engineering or aviation as my eventual career. However, following graduation, I began to see how much fun my father had, how many great people he got to interact with, and how much he worked with his hands. I was instantly drawn toward Dentistry. It was one of the best decisions of my life. I love that I get to have interesting conversations with all kinds of people while providing an essential service.

My Education & Background

I am a proud graduate of E.C. Glass High School before earning my Bachelors Degree at Ohio University. There I studied Aviation, my first true love. I have been flying since I was fourteen and was enthralled with the idea of being a pilot like my Great Uncle Lloyd who had flown for PanAm. Shortly after graduation, I realized the industry was very different from what it had been in the past; and made a career move to dentistry. I attended MCV School of Dentistry before going on to a residency at the University of Virginia where I served as Chief Resident for my final year. After residency, I covered a dental office in Richmond for a friend who had fallen ill before returning to my hometown of Lynchburg and going into practice.

Life Outside of Dentistry

When I'm not at the dental office I love spending time outside. Whether it is flying, skiing, hiking, biking, running, fishing, or just going for a walk, I can't get enough of the outdoors. My wife Hoa and I also enjoy traveling and seeing the world. One of our favorite places to visit is Vietnam for delicious food, beautiful scenery, and incredible people.

Community Service

I’m a big believer in service; which is why I enjoy volunteering regularly at the Free Clinic of Central VA and going on occasional international and local mission trips. I am a member of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club, have previously served on the Lynchburg Historic Preservation Commission, and am a former President of the Lynchburg Dental Society. I also serve on the boards for the Academy Center of the Arts and Miriam’s House, an organization that provides outreach and services for our homeless population.

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