About Dr. Charles A. Vogel
Dr. Charles A. Vogel arrived in Springfield, Missouri December 11, 1941 a bouncing baby boy who idolized his grandfather Dr. Charles B. Holt. His formative educational years were at Sunshine and Delaware Elementary schools and Jarrett Jr. High. He graduated from Parkview High School in 1959.
Drury College was his choice for undergraduate work and then onto the School of Dentistry at University of Missouri at Kansas City(UMKC). Upon graduation, he returned to Springfield to join his grandfather’s dental practice located in downtown Springfield’s “old” Medical Arts Building at South Avenue and Pershing Street.As the Springfield medical community moved south so did his general dentistry practice, where for 40 years he created healthy, beautiful new smiles for his many patients.
Around age 60, he began to look for additional ways to contribute further to the community. Services were donated and continue to be to The Boys and Girls Town of Missouri and victims of Katrina. However his life changing experience came when Stacy Schultz, fundraising volunteer with “Project H.O.P.E.,” approached him and wife Ann (also from Springfield) to join them on a dental/medical mission trip to Nicaragua. This kind of dental service reminded him of stories his grandfather had told about dentistry in the 1930s in the USA.
It was so personally rewarding serving the very needy and relieving their pain and suffering, they have made 3 trips with Project H.O.P.E. to Nicaragua.
In Springfield’s News Leader, he learned of the great need here at home for dentists at the Kitchen Clinic. With surgical skills well honed from 40 years in dentistry and 1000+ extractions under primitive conditions in Nicaragua, he, Dr. David Small and Dr. Nathan Bauer cleared a 9-month waiting list at the Kitchen Clinic.
Back at his office, his brilliant and forward-thinking mind, coupled with his love for humanity and philanthropic spirit, bore the idea to create a walk-in clinic treating only dental emergencies. Thus in October 2009 the Dental E.R. was born at 222-A Primrose. The Dental E.R. is across from Kickapoo High just one block east of Campbell. Staffed by a team of highly qualified dental professionals committed to the health and well-being of each patient, they administer their emergency dental services in a comfortable, safe, highly technical and sterile dental environment.
Congratulations to Dr. Charles A. Vogel who has been nominated again by his peers as a Top Dentist in the 417 Metro Area. Dr. Vogel will be featured in the August issue of 417 Magazine. This is the eighth year for him to be honored.
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