Dr. Wesley Thomas found a way to both support America's service members while also pursuing his passion – he became a civilian employee with the Department of the Navy (DON). Serving your country does not necessarily mean you have to find the closest recruiting station and enlist in the armed forces, says Dr. Thomas.
For Dr. Thomas, that journey began when he was treating a patient at his thriving private dental practice. Dr. Thomas recalled treating a young man who came to him for an exam and treatment. During the course of their conversation, the dentist found out that the young man was active duty. "I asked him why he had come to me when there were services available on the base," Dr. Thomas said. "He told me that the wait time was months away and he needed the care now."
Struck by that situation and this young man's dedication, Dr. Thomas soon called the dental clinic at the Pentagon and began exploring civilian service. A graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Connecticut's School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Thomas never imagined anything but opening up his private practice. And, after he finished his residency at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, he fulfilled his dream, or so he thought.
Now, he does not see anything more fulfilling than his work with the Bureau of Medicine. "Here I am able to do what I love and pursue my passion. And, the best part is that I get to do this while supporting the men and women who are serving our country. This has turned out to be a more rewarding experience than I thought possible. I enjoy coming to work every day and I am able to concentrate on providing optimal quality dental care for our patients."