Meet Dr. Keith Long

Why I Love My Work

I love dentistry. It’s complex and challenging, and it allows me to change someone’s life, for the better. Every day, I get to help incredible people improve their lives, by getting them to optimal oral health and making their smiles bright, clean, and beautiful. Since I enjoy working with my hands, the tools and instruments we use, or gadgets as I like to call them, make my work even more enjoyable.

But the truly greatest aspect of my work are my patients. Every person I care for comes to this practice with unique dental needs. In the time I spend assessing the individual’s particular clinical requirements, I begin getting to know them as a person. Over time, we become close, sharing stories and laughing, and that’s immensely rewarding. To be able to help someone that I’ve come to view as a friend is what it’s all about to me. I love taking the puzzle pieces, the clinical needs and the individual’s emotional needs and desired outcome, and making everything come together, perfectly!

My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

I attended the University of New Orleans for my Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in Psychology. Then the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery.  After dental school, I spent three years practicing in the United States Air Force ar Mather AFB. My formal education provided me with an excellent foundation of dental knowledge, but each year I avidly pursue continuing education opportunities to deepen my understanding and skills, and to learn about new developments in treatments and technologies. My patients trust me to provide them with leading-edge, effective care, and I can only do that by staying abreast of the latest options.

Away from the Practice

I am a native of St. Bernard, LA, and now call Lakeport, CA home. I’ve been here for almost 20 years. My family is the greatest joy in my life and I spend as much quality time as I can with my wife Melisa, my daughter Taylor, grandson Brady, my son Samuel; Chelsea, her daughter Addison, and my man Jye.

That’s not to say I don’t have other passions, of course. I’m a pilot, I love scuba diving and ocean fishing, snowboarding, and playing the occasional round of golf. Going dirt bike riding with Samuel is always fun, as is flying our plane, N7529R.

I’m also active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where I’m a Eucharistic Minister, along with my wife, and I teach communion and confirmation class there as well. Additionally, I’m a CLHS golf coach.