- Tell us about your family:
Dr. Leedy: My wife is Mai. We have two boys, Harrison who is four, and Beckett, who is two. Mai is at home with them right now, but she’s a realtor and hoping to return to work once they’re both in school.
- Where did you grow up?
Dr. L: Harrisburg, PA. My dad and mom have a dental practice there. He’s a dentist and she’s a dental hygienist. They have had the practice, which is across the street from their home, for 40 years.
- Is that why you’re a dentist?
Dr. L: I didn’t want to be a dentist at all! I grew up too close to that. I wanted to be a marine biologist, and I did work with marine biologists in the Republic of Palau for two years, but I ended up at dental school on a U.S. Navy scholarship. It’s fun and rewarding to be a dentist in the Navy.
- What did your experience in the Navy teach you?
Dr. L: Essentially, you are dedicating yourself to the well-being of those who serve and ensuring, from a health perspective, they are fit and ready. I learned it’s all about leadership, about setting a good example. Once you have experience, quite often, you’re the only one in a clinic. You’re running the show. It’s your responsibility. Everything is on you. I guess I learned there’s a lot more to dentistry than being a clinician.
- Tell us more about the Peace Corps and what you learned from that experience.
Dr. L: I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Palau, in Micronesia, from 2000 to 2002, working at a grassroots NGO that dealt with the sustainable management of marine resources, fish and coral reefs. We collected data to track the health of the ocean and the fish and coral. We went into schools and talked with students about the importance of the earth’s oceans and the health of the sea life.
- Tell us your philosophy about life in three words.
Dr. L.: Be your best.
- And that means …
Dr. L: In life, go 110 percent in everything you do. No matter what you do, whether it’s your work or your family, give it your best. Don’t try to cut corners. In dentistry, it means delivering the best customer service to your patients, creating the most comfortable environment for them, and creating the very best product for their needs.
- Finish this sentence. My friends describe me as …
Dr. L: Loyal.
- My patients would describe me as …
Dr. L: Kind
- Do you love your work? Why?
Dr. L: As a dentist, I love my work because I am a problem solver. In addition, I get to engineer and restore dentition using the latest and greatest technology available in the dental field. This includes 3D technology used to diagnose patients’ dental ailments, as well as 3D technology used to fabricate porcelain dental crowns that are custom fit to the patients’ dentition.
Dr. Leedy lives with his family in Apex. In his spare time, you’ll find him biking or walking local greenways in and around Raleigh. His favorite trip is a visit to the Outer Banks with his wife and kids.
DMD, Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
BS Biology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN, 2000
9+ years of experience practicing general dentistry
5 years practicing dentistry in the U.S. Navy, including residency in the AEGD post graducate program
4+ years in private practice in Colorado and North Carolina
Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal