Let’s face it – undergoing dental procedures isn’t the most pleasant experience out there. But with the right care, an honest and kind dentist, and top-notch technology, oral surgery doesn’t have to be that bad. At Golden Foothills Oral & Facial Surgery Center in El Dorado Hills, Dr. Donald Liberty knows exactly what it takes to lessen the stresses of wisdom teeth extractions or jaw trauma surgery. Dr. Liberty puts the patient first and uses his best sincere judgment to make an oral surgery experience the best that it can be.
After growing up in Guam, Dr. Liberty decided to stay there for college and receive his bachelor of arts in Business Administration from the University of Guam. While in school, he met his wife, Diane, and the young family settled down and had their first child, Nisa. However, shortly after, Diane got accepted to dental school in Indiana, so the family followed. As Diane was working toward her degree, Dr. Liberty realized that he wanted to go into the dental field as well, so he took the necessary academic steps to make this dream a reality. After completing the needed pre-dental courses at Purdue University in Indianapolis, he entered the Indiana School of Dentistry for his undergraduate degree. He finished his dental degree work with a residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. In between all of this, the couple had two more children — Niko, 15, and Jake, 13.
Once Dr. Liberty completed his second undergraduate degree and while in residency in Indiana, he decided to join the Army Reserve in 2001. This option just seemed to be the best way for him to serve his country and practice his beloved craft at the same time. He was deployed to Georgia for six months in January 2005, where he helped the Georgia National Guard get ready for deployment. His family then moved to Sacramento, where he joined The Permanente Medical Group in 2005 and started the Maxillofacial Department in the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.
After five years with Kaiser, Dr. Liberty decided to take all of what he’d learned from being a practicing surgeon and enter into private practice in 2010. He wanted to have more flexibility and time to spend with his family, so this just seemed to be the best choice to make. Since then, Dr. Liberty has been working in his El Dorado Hills clinic, where he does everything from removing wisdom teeth to placing dental implants.
Because Dr. Liberty spent so much time at Kaiser, he has the ability to perform major jaw joint surgery, such as TMJ surgery or jaw surgery for corrective purposes or trauma.
“I have privileges that almost all of the major hospitals can offer,” he said.
Being in the field of dental surgery means that Dr. Liberty never knows what kind of patient will walk through his doors. He never knows what kind of treatment he will need to offer, or what kind of surgery he will need to perform, but figuring out this challenge is half the fun for him. While there are difficult aspects to this, he finds the profession very rewarding and loves working with his patients.
“I just continue to learn and get better, and I also keep up with the current technology,” Dr. Liberty said. “For me, that’s why I have fun every day.”
But when it comes down to it, his patients are essentially family and he will do whatever is necessary for them.
“I try and treat patients just like I would like to be treated,” he said. “I treat them like family and am as honest as I can be.”