Dr. Bob Griggs thought dentistry was “pretty cool stuff” as early as the 6th grade. His childhood dentist allowed him to do some job shadowing, and he began to think about it as a career. At first, he pursued a 2-year certification in dental lab technology, learning to make crowns and dentures. He did so well in that program that he decided to take the leap and go back to college to pursue his real passion. After just three years as an undergraduate student, Dr. Griggs applied to several dental schools and was accepted into them all. He chose UMDMJ, currently Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and graduated as a Doctor of Medical Dentistry in 1987. Dr. Griggs goes the extra mile to keep fresh and current in his field by exceeding the number of continuing education required for his license. And he takes on a leadership role in that by co-chairing the Forum for Advanced Dental Studies (AFADS) – a lecture series that draws about 40 dentists throughout the year. As a husband and father to three busy kids, Dr. Griggs spends a lot of time feeling like a taxi driver. “I was thinking of painting my truck yellow,” he jokes as he talks about baseball games and other family outings. He and his wife love to get away when they can, and sailing is a passion they share.