What a great story in the Idaho Statesman about Hal Pickett, a Boise dentist who has been practicing for 50 years. Even as a modern dental practice has computerized, same-day tooth replacement and high-tech imaging, our industry very much depends on the timeless

At age 86, Pickett is one of the oldest health care professionals in the state. He also is one of six prosthodontists working in Idaho. A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in fixing and replacing teeth and the structures around them.

He’s weathered major changes in the health care industry and in his specialty, but he doesn’t plan to quit.

“Retire sounds too much like expire,” he said. “I enjoy the work, and I’ve got to have something to do.”