I was drawn to the Waco area because I grew up just 35 miles west of here in Gatesville. That's my hometown, my hometown, as well as my wife's hometown, and Waco's where we went to school, undergraduate school at Baylor. Central Texas and Waco has always been home, and from there to Dallas to Baylor College of Dentistry, graduated from there in 1978, and for the last 40 years, I've attended many educational courses. The ones that I really think of most are the ones that helped me develop my skills as far as smile, helping people smile, so cosmetic dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute. Working with one of the fathers of preventative dentistry in Florida, The Pankey Institute, was a really big one for me. Then a protege of Dr. Pankey was Dr. Pete Dawson, so I attended The Dawson Center for Advanced Dentistry. Then another big one is DOCS Organization or Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, which gave us the ability to sedate patients and be able to do the dentistry that they need very comfortably.
Continuing education is very important because you have to stay on top of the advances in dentistry. Dentistry is constantly changing. It's completely different than obviously from 1978 when I first became a dentist to today, and all those advances allow us to do more, treat more complex cases, and, of course, it's all about, again, health and quality of life and helping people save their teeth and improve their overall health.
Dr. Thrasher’s love of dentistry began on the many trips from Gatesville to Waco to see his orthodontist. As a small child, he had very large “buck” teeth, so at age 14, Dr. Thrasher and his mother set out on a mission to correct this problem.
Over the next four years of not only metal braces but also extensive headgear, his teeth and his future career path were transformed. Dr. Thrasher developed a close relationship with Dr. Ed Taylor, who always kept him entertained with hunting and fishing stories, which were of great interest to the then teenager. This relationship sealed the deal for Dr. Thrasher’s future career.
Dr. Thrasher attended Baylor University, where he chose a pre-dental, pre-med career path. After graduating cum laude from Baylor and being accepted by several dental schools across the nation, he chose to go to Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. Once he started dental school, Dr. Thrasher’s interest in all areas of dentistry broadened. While he still had a great interest in orthodontics, he loved learning all aspects of dentistry.
This love of learning has continued throughout Dr. Thrasher’s career. He has always wanted to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry. This has led to a journey of continuing education throughout his career at such prestigious institutions as the Pankey Institute in Florida, The Dawson Academy, the Las Vegas Institute, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), and many others.
As Dr. Thrasher continues to grow and learn in dentistry, he has realized that it is also important to invest in the education and development of his staff to better serve our patients. As a doctor, he feels proud that our entire team is well-trained in the latest techniques. Whatever he invests in the education of our staff is reflected in the best treatment for our patients.
Today, Dr. Thrasher still loves learning the latest techniques in dentistry, working with our patients, and also hunting and fishing with his family.
Credentials and Memberships
- Baylor University, BS, cum laude
- Baylor College of Dentistry, DDS
- Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education Alumni
- Dawson Academy Alumni
- LVI (Las Vegas Institute), postgraduate training in neuromuscular and cosmetic/aesthetic dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Texas Dental Association
- Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
- American Orthodontic Society
- Crown Council