Have you ever thought about putting your hand in a stranger’s mouth? Not many have. And no one probably should (because that’s obviously gross). “Every day I ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, and maybe one has answered orthodontist,” said Dr. Swapp. “My initial decision in choosing the dental profession was based on the example of my Boy Scout leader when I was younger. Not only was I intrigued by the many technical aspects of dentistry, but his dedication to serving his patients and the community inspired me to do the same.”
After 11 years of higher education, Dr. Swapp was finally able to pay it forward. After school, he took on a teaching position at Baylor Dental School where he instructed aspiring orthodontists. He still teaches part-time but receives no compensation for the time he donates to the school. “I love teaching and sharing the things I’ve learned,” he said. “Many others blessed me by imparting their knowledge, and I feel it’s important to do the same. I’m one of the fortunate people who truly loves what I do.”
Dr. Swapp’s dedication to service extends beyond helping other orthodontists and is evident throughout his orthodontic practice. He and his staff are continually looking for ways to improve the orthodontic experience for their patients. “Our practice is very family-oriented,” he said. “We treat every patient as though they were a member of our own family. My staff and I are always looking for ways we can go above and beyond for our patients; to offer them things they might not find elsewhere.”
Dr. Swapp strives to remain available to speak with patients personally, even after hours. “Every patient sees me at every visit,” he said. “I try to learn more about them and support them whenever I can. We try to keep things fun and light-hearted and offer ample after-school appointment times, so patients rarely miss school.”
Outside of the office, Dr. Swapp and his team serve their community in many ways, including donating all money received from extra retainers to Mansfield Cares charity, helping school sports teams raise money through mouthguards, and volunteering at local schools to improve the educational experience. Dr. Swapp’s mom is an elementary school teacher, and much of his passion for education and service comes from her. “I’ve been blessed by examples of selfless service from my mom, scout leader, and others” said Dr. Swapp. “I hope one day the same could be said of me.”
Meet Dr. Swapp
Dr. Swapp graduated summa cum laude from UNLV Dental School receiving the dean’s award for top academic honors. He completed his orthodontic training at Baylor and received the Baylor Orthodontic Oscar for the best treated orthodontic case in his class. He obtained board certification and currently teaches Baylor College of Dentistry students about dental lasers, 3D X-rays, and new technology in orthodontics.
Dr. Swapp has published multiple dental articles and recently received the prestigious Watson Award. He’s a member of American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Texas Orthodontic Study Club, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, and Greater Dallas Association of Orthodontists. When not on the job, Dr. Swapp enjoys working on cars, camping, hiking, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and four children. He still serves as scout leader and is active in his church and community.
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By Meredith Knight
Photo Derek Gower