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Douglas Wheelock
Sioux City, Iowa

Doctor of Dentistry; Wheelock, Bursick & Giese Dentistry

Biology Major ('73)

Dr. Douglas Wheelock

Dr. Douglas Wheelock started his own dental practice in 1977, right here in Sioux City. His office is currently located at 4100 Morningside Avenue.

Dr. Wheelock was born and raised in Sioux City and graduated from Central High School in 1969. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Briar Cliff in 1973. He attended dental school at the University of Iowa and earned his doctor of Dental Science degree in 1976.

Why do you love Briar Cliff?

"I love Briar Cliff because it has always been a part of my life, since I grew up in Crescent Park near campus. When I was a kid, I’d run up and down the steps leading to 'The Cliff.' Little did I know that one day Briar Cliff would unlock the door to my future."

Who was your favorite instructor?

"My favorite instructors were Ken Baldwin and Jane Hey. They inspired me, made me want to learn and taught me how to learn. They also made me love biological sciences even more."

How does your Briar Cliff experience continue to influence your work today?

"My work is influenced today because my instructors expected a lot from me and challenged me to be my very best. In my dental practice, my No. 1 rule is 'Do your best for each and every patient.'"

How has Briar Cliff shaped your life?

"My life was shaped by being able to complete the required courses for dental school in only three years at Briar Cliff and then being accepted right away to dental school. The nurturing environment and hands-on lab work also shaped my life by preparing me well for dental school. My dental school colleagues from bigger schools only observed in their labs."

If you had your Briar Cliff experience to do over again, would you do it the same way?

"I would not change a thing. Briar Cliff not only prepared me for dentistry, it prepared me for life, which has helped me to reach and exceed most of my dreams."

How have you stayed connected to Briar Cliff?

"I stay connected to Briar Cliff by attending basketball and football games, going to Homecoming activities, participating in the Presidential Leadership Council and receiving the Alumni Association Family Award in 1995. I also keep in touch with classmates socially and professionally."

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