Southsider Voice correspondent
It was not too long ago when Dr. Seth Hall was in a much different place than where he finds himself these days on the Southeastside of Indianapolis, where many of his patients are glad that he now has a place to call home.
Hall, a 2006 graduate of the University of Evansville, eventually found himself enrolled at Indiana University Dental School in Indianapolis, where adventure and fate intertwined ... and the rest they say is history.
He graduated from the dental school in 2010 and soon thereafter jumped into a four-year commitment in the U.S. Army after being approached by a recruiter about his participation.
“I was looking for something that was meaningful and I could see some of the world,” Hall told The Southsider Voice. “I volunteered to go to Afghanistan in the spring of 2012, where I worked on U.S. soldiers as well as Afghanistan prisoners.”
The 2002 graduate of Mitchell (Ind.) High School was a captain while in the Army as part of the Dental Corps. As his time was winding down in the military, fate would intervene through the form of a telephone call from Dr. A.C. Melloh.
“I was starting to look around Indy because I wanted to be close to family and friends,” Hall said. “I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Melloh, and the office in Wanamaker reminded me of my small hometown, and I enjoy the people that area brings with it.”
His favorite part of being a dentist comes naturally. “I see patients who hide their smiles, and I want to help them become comfortable with their smiles,” Hall said. “I really think people gain a lot of confidence when they feel like they can smile and it truly changes their lives.”
As much as Hall loves being at his office and working with patients, away from it he spends most of his time with his best friend – his dog, Blue. Hall got the golden retriever on Memorial Day in 2015 and named him after his favorite team, the Kentucky Wildcats. “I like to run with him, and he likes to play soccer; he has all the energy in the world.”
Hall likes to get to know his patients because he wants them to know him for more than just being their dentist. Hall said he takes pride in knowing his patients well and making them feel comfortable while ensuring their dental experience a pleasant one. “I always call people before they come into the office for the first time. Each patient has my cellphone, and I am OK with getting calls and texts just because I do believe in a personal touch.”
Family is important to Hall as well. His father, Bedford, Ind., dentist Mark Hall, inspired him to go into dentistry. “He is a role model and my best friend. He never pushed me to be a dentist, but I wanted to be like him.”
His mom, Pat, works at her husband’s practice, and sister Emily is a nurse on the Northside.
“I am blessed with a great family who instilled in me great values,” Hall said. “If you are looking for a dentist, we would love to have you join our dental family. We will always strive to be the best part of your day.”