It is his work both inside and outside of his dental office that 1989 SHSU graduate Calvert Harrison has distinguished himself.
The owner of Best Care Dental in Atlanta, Ga., for more than 10 years, Harrison uses both his sociology degree as well as his doctorate in dentistry, which he received from the University of Texas Medical School in 1994, to help those around him.
Throughout his career, Harrison has built four dental practices in the Atlanta metro area from startup to multimillion-dollar corporations. He is certified in straight-wire orthodontics, Invisalign and Lumineers.
Outside of his practice, he not only volunteers at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, providing dental care for underprivileged families but also provides counseling services at the Ella Mae Thomas House for recovering substance abusers, coaching them on healthy decision-making skills, according to his nomination form.
“His community service efforts are responsive to community and social needs, which are ever-changing and evolving,” one nomination letter said. “This responsive approach to the community’s needs clearly demonstrates Calvert’s dedication in supporting his fellow neighbors.”
“Calvert regularly donates his time, resources, and knowledge to those that need it the most, our youth,” another letter said. “The difference he has made in the lives of so many, he will probably never know; but what I can say is his community is fortunate to have him. Calvert would be an asset to any position, but the path he has chosen certainly suits him.”
In addition to his affiliation with a number of professional organizations, Harrison’s other volunteer endeavors include the Suzuki Learning Center, Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry, VA Hospital, YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.
“Calvert has been an individual that has faced many setbacks both personal and professional,” a third nomination letter said. “However, what separates Calvert from his peers is his ability to rebound quickly, graciously, and most importantly with determination.
“Calvert has always been an individual that could overcome challenges while learning from his mistakes. His persistence and diligence in accomplishing goals make him a success in every circumstance.”
He, wife Charlene and son Lake live in Atlanta.