40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

TIM RAUCH

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Neighborhood Smiles

Age:

32

Name of Practice:

Neighborhood Smiles

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, Marquette University School of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Rauch brings the latest expertise in digital technology and Invisalign for patients who need immediate placement implants and adult orthodontics. He also provides frequent pro bono procedures to his older patients who live
on fixed incomes.

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

Talking to his patients, both new and longtime. “Your days get more interesting when you talk to the interesting people you’re treating
and learning about what they do.”

Inspiration

A change in his life course. Dr. Rauch was a sophomore at the United States Air Force Academy when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an illness that affects the digestive tract. He had to leave the Air Force, but his ailment inspired him to enter health care. After shadowing a number of professionals, he chose to pursue dentistry for two primary reasons: patient interaction and the way it enables practitioners to achieve a fulfilling work-life balance.

Tool He Can't Live Without

“Digital X-rays and intraoral cameras. They allow me to
instantly show patients what’s going on in their mouth in a way they can understand, and that makes it easier to get to the stage where we’re going to treat the problem.”