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Local orthodontist to move to Nashville

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By Special to the Monitor

After spending nearly seven years serving patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding area, Dr. Marion Messersmith, an orthodontist, has decided to return to full-time teaching. Dr. Messersmith and his wife, Cricket, will be moving to Nashville where Messersmith will be the Program Director of the Orthodontic Program at Vanderbilt University.“Reaching this decision has been agonizing for Cricket and me,” Dr Messersmith said. “We have thoroughly enjoyed living in Los Alamos. It is difficult leaving my patients and for Cricket to leave her friends and the customers she has had through her Washi Art business. “My employees at the practice have truly been outstanding,” he said. “They will stay to continue to provide you the best possible orthodontic care. Their work ethic and loyalty have been extremely gratifying”. Picking up Messersmith’s practice will be Dr. David Hobson.The Messersmiths said they have enjoyed life in New Mexico - the fabulous weather, the beautiful and uplifting vistas, walking, and hiking the great outdoors and their many friends. However, there is a severe shortage of orthodontic educators nationwide. Many orthodontic programs are in danger of losing their accreditation status and ultimately closing for lack of qualified educators. Messersmith has been approached many times to return to orthodontic education since first arriving here in Los Alamos.He said he is returning to academics to help with this shortage and also because he truly loves educating and training the future leaders of his profession. Hobson is a native of San Diego, Calif. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and minor in music. He completed his dental training at the University of Southern California and received a Masters Degree in Orthodontics at Loma Linda University (also in Southern California). He completed the additional verbal and written examinations and case presentations required to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1988, making him one of about 25 percent of practicing orthodontists accorded the honor at that time. He was also involved in teaching part time at the University of Southern California following graduation.Hobson's hobbies include music, an area where he has worked professionally over the years, as well as restoration of antique and high performance cars. He is a licensed pilot, and very much enjoys the outdoors. He's the proud father of five children. After a successful career in orthodontics in California, he is looking forward to community involvement and a more relaxed lifestyle in the intellectually stimulating community of Los Alamos.