Dr. Huffaker is a native of Mesa, Arizona. He is the oldest of six children and is the only member of his family that does not still live in “The West.” His father is an industrial electrician and his mother teaches physical education at an elementary school. He grew up thinking that he would be an actor, or a rock star, or even a doctor, but he settled for being a car detailer, pizza delivery boy, and used car lot attendant. When he turned 19, he left Arizona to serve a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was assigned to the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission where he built homes, dug ditches, spoke Spanish, had doors slammed in his face, and did a lot of “growing up”. When he returned alive from Honduras, he attended Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) and while there, decided to pursue a career in dentistry.
He graduated from Ricks College with an associate degree and continued his education at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. While going to school he had a part-time job teaching Spanish to newly called missionaries at the Missionary Training Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was there that he met his wife Bonnie (who was also a Spanish teacher) and they were married 3 months later!! They both finished up their bachelor’s degrees and moved back to Arizona so that Bonnie could finish her student teaching while at the same time being pregnant with their first child.
While in Arizona, “not-yet” Dr. Huffaker taught Math and Science at a high school in inner-city Phoenix where he learned a handful of gang signs and gained a great appreciation for the hard work that full-time educators do. After their short stay in Arizona, they traveled to Cleveland, Ohio where Dr. Huffaker attended dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Between his first and second years of dental school, he worked as a research assistant in the endodontic clinic and it was during this time that he became interested in all things “root canal”. He graduated from CWRU School of Dentistry in 2006 and began his 3-year endodontic residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
Finally, in 2009, Dr. Huffaker, his wife, and their 4 children moved to the Adirondack region of New York state to begin private practice as an endodontist. Since that time, they have added 3 more boys to the mix making a total of 5 boys and 2 girls. Dr. Huffaker and Bonnie are currently quite busy with work, church activities, piano lessons, saxophone, euphonium, and tuba practice, swimming and basketball, and trying to find good Mexican food in the Northeast!! Dr. Huffaker enjoys singing, playing the guitar, mountain biking, and pretending to be a movie and food critic as much as possible. He does not enjoy lifting heavy objects in his basement, but his food critic hobby makes this practice necessary.
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