Anson Hooper, DDS, Hooper Family Dental
How did you come to practice in your career field?
I’ve always been enticed by the biological sciences and the human body, so as a child, naturally, I wanted to be a doctor. As I grew up and realized I wanted a family and what that lifestyle would look like, I quickly decided I needed a career that would correlate.
I began shadowing different types of doctors while working on my bachelor’s degree, and early in that process stumbled upon dentistry and knew I had found my niche.
Although I had an interest in several of the specialties within dentistry, ultimately having that time with my daughters won out and general dentistry was the best fit.
What are your practices to keep yourself and your family healthy?
We try to stay active and eat right! My wife and I do a lot of hiking, running and biking when we can find the time. Our daughters are involved in gymnastics, and they stay very active doing that.
We are always on the go, but getting outside and enjoying nature in some way is one of our favorite things to do.
We stay conscious of eating a balanced diet and love to cook together and try new recipes as a family!
How do you define self-care and what is your go to way of practicing it?
Self-care to me is actively staying healthy. That includes mentally, physically, psychologically and spiritually.
My go to way of practicing this is self-reflection and an honest evaluation of self. Looking for ways to improve in all of these areas and then in a partnership with my wife and often my daughters, finding ways to hold ourselves accountable.
What is your favorite healthy food/snack?
I enjoy nuts and fruit! Almonds are one of my favorite nuts, and apples are always a great snack when on the go!
What are your biggest health and wellness tips?
Health and wellness are comprehensive, you can’t neglect any part and expect that another focus will make up for it.
Life can be busy and overwhelming at times if you let it, but if you put in the work and take time for yourself, every now and then, it goes a long way!