Dentistry Unveiled: Interview with Dr. Keyur Shah, DDS

Welcome to the first interview of the Dentistry Unveiled project. I’m very excited to seat down and talk to a good friend of mine Dr. Keyur Shah, DDS about life, dentistry, success, failure, regrets, and anything you can imagine 2 friends can talk about. Most of you will not watch all 45 minutes (however I highly suggest); therefore below is the breakdown of all questions by the minute:

Here is a short bio of Dr. Keyur Shah, DDS:
Dr. Shah is an unusually talented orthodontist. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

At the University of Toronto, he was valedictorian of his dental school class. After dental school, Dr. Shah completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center. Next, he completed his orthodontic specialty at the University of Manitoba, where he was awarded a masters degree in orthodontics. Dr. Shah enjoys keeping up on the latest advancements in orthodontics and is involved with many professional associations including the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Society of Orthodontists, and the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists. Outside the office, Dr. Shah enjoys spending family time with his wife and 2 kids.He is a huge fan of all Chicago teams, especially the Chicago Bears. To read more about Dr. Shah or learn about his practice, please visit:

Most of you will not watch all 45 minutes (however I highly suggest); therefore here is the breakdown of all questions by the minute:


[01:31] Question1: Please tell us about yourself, your upbringing, and childhood.

[7:05] Question 2: At what age did you decide to pursue a career in dentistry?

[9:13] Question 3: In undergrad, were you always an A student?

[11:35] Question 4: The truth about partying in dental school

[14:40] Question 5: University of Toronto Dental School – was it hard?

[16:05] Question 6: Do you think that your dental school selected you because of your communication skills?

[17:00] Question 7: Is it true that there is no time for fun in dental school?

[17:55] Question 8: Can you give any advice for the first day of dental school? Is there anything you would’ve done differently?

[19:30] Question 9: What was behind your decision to go back for an orthodontics residency after 3 years of being a general dentist?

[26:03] Question 10: What is the secret for success in your family?

[27:45] Question 11: Life is all about choices: do you always look on the bright side?

[28:50] Question 12: Passion: how did you know that orthodontics was your true passion?

[31:05] Question 13: Did you have any failures in life? What is your biggest regret in life? (A must watch part of the interview!)

[34:50] Question 14: What does it mean to be the business owner of a dental practice and what did you have to learn?

[36:25] Questions 15: When you look at other dentists, what do you consider success and how do you measure it?

[38:45] Question 16: Is money really important?

[39:55] Question 17: How do you choose your friends?

[40:40] Question 18: If you could summarize what you do, your passion in life and in dentistry into one word, what would it be?

[41:30] Question 19: What does the word “trust” mean to you?

[42:27] Question 20: If you could go back and tell yourself one piece of advice in dental school, what would it be? Is there anything you would’ve done differently?

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