Occupation: Pediatric dentist and owner of Foothills Pediatric Dentistry
No matter how you twist the question, Dr. Drew Osborn just kind of “landed” in Maryville.
The Ohio native grew up in South Webster, a small town in Scioto County. He went to Miami of Ohio for his undergraduate studies, Ohio State for dental school and then did his pediatric training at a children’s hospital in Denver.
Deciding to go into pediatrics can be attributed to his short attention span, says the dentist.
“I did four years of regular family dentistry,” said Osborn. “And I worked as a dental assistant in a pediatric office when I was in dental school. I decided that I have the attention span of a 4-year-old, and I missed the atmosphere in the pediatric office.”
As for coming to Maryville, “Ummm, I’m not sure,” says Osborn with a laugh. “I always knew I wanted to live in this general area, so when I got out of school, it was just kind of a random choice. I thought, hey, I’m single, why not just go for it.”
That “go for it” choice was in Knoxville, working with pediatric dentist Dr. Mark Crumpton.
In another “go for it” moment, Drew decided to open his own practice in Maryville.
“I was renting a house here, and I loved the area. Nobody was doing what we were doing here, so I just went for it.”
Still the only pediatric dentist in Maryville, the good doctor has embraced the community as well as his practice. He is a member of the Appalachian Ballet Board of Trust, just rotated off the Blount County Education Foundation board, has coached Little League in Maryville and teaches at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in their graduate program once a month.
Foothills Pediatric Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care for children, he says of his practice. “Everything to do with children -- root canals, oral surgery, trauma, cleanings, preventative health -- we offer all those services for the kids.”
For fun, Drew relaxes with fishing and motorcycles. Tournament bass fishing is one of his passions. The motorcycles involve not just riding the beautiful Blount County backroads, but tricking up the bike as well.
“I bought a used bike with a good engine, tore it down to its frame and customized it,” Drew explains. “It took about six months, and I enjoyed it. I think I may do another one, maybe in a year.”
This week the good doctor is dealing with an office and office staff all decorated and clothed in black.
“I turned 40 on Sunday.”
Here is Dr. Drew Osborn:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“May I borrow your towel, Mrs. Underhill? My car just hit a water buffalo.” From “Fletch”
What are you guilty of?
“Too much to write in one newspaper column, but sometimes procrastination.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My fishing boat.”
What are you reading currently?
“I just finished ‘The Blind Side’ and am starting ‘The Starbucks Experience.’”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Being on a TV game show.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Take a train tour of Canada; be in a professional bass tournament; and be in the Blount Today Chat Room.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Be less defensive.”
What is your passion?
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
My Mom and my sister. We just don’t get enough time together.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“The 1940s. I would like to feel the sense of a national unification toward a singular cause.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“A Seiko watch for my high school graduation.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Be true to yourself and your word.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“Daddy Howard - my grandfather. He spent a lot of time with me and was a good influence.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“I have a Facebook account, but I rarely use it.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“I was a telemarketer.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“‘Tom & Jerry.’ Tom is ingenious and quite the Casanova, while Jerry is very kind-hearted, for a mouse anyway.”
What irritates you?
“Not being punctual and treating someone with disrespect.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Foothills Milling Company.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“After you finish college, go to work for one year at a cause you believe in, with no thought to how you will make a living.”
What is your greatest fear?
I still can’t quite get the hang of…
“Fishing with a bear hair jig.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Call in sick to work.”