I became a dentist as a second career after aerospace
Dentistry is my second career and I love it! I was an aerospace engineer designing spacecraft for 15 years early in my life. I was frustrated at the slow progress of spacecraft development, I loved teaching and interacting with people, and I wanted to work with my brother. I am so happy I made the switch 25 years ago.
I love applying my engineering knowledge along with my surgical and dental skills to help each and every person we care for. I am fascinated by the little complex steps and parts, the science and the surgery, and the hand-eye coordination required to do what we do!
But that’s not why I love it.
Every person comes to us with unique needs: functional, physical, emotional, aesthetic, etc. Our job is to take all of that and develop a plan to help our patients make steady progress toward a beautiful, healthy, radiant smile that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. To give every person the best possible functional and aesthetic outcome that our team can deliver is what gets me out of bed every day. Dentistry for me is all about my love for people.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
My educational background is:
- BS, Mechanical Engineering, LSU 1981
- MS, Mechanical Engineering, LSU 1983
- Phd studies LSU 1983-1985
- DDS LSU 2000
- Associate Fellow AAID 2018
- Certificate in IV Conscious Sedation 2018
- Puerto Rico Maxi-course and Residency in Implant Dentistry 2018
- Diplomate American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry 2021
I am avid about continuing education, and usually take 60 to 100 hours per year.
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
- American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists
- American Academy of Facial Esthetics
- Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
Away from the Practice
I am a native of St. Bernard, Louisiana, lived in north Louisiana for 15 years. Now I’m a resident of Lakeport, CA. I am married to the former Miss Suzanne Renee Noto and we have grown children: Henry Long, III, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering; Samantha Long, a recent chemical engineering graduate from UC Davis; and Specialist Jeffrey Long, a linguist for the US Army in French and Korean.
In my free time, I enjoy playing golf, playing finger-style guitar (badly and have performance anxiety), working my Vizsla bird dogs, and just having a good time with family on the weekends.