As far as family businesses go, having two generations working together is not too uncommon, but having three generations is a unique feat â€“ especially if they are all dentists.
For the Brooks family, of Brooks Dental in Winthrop Center, the idea of having three generations working in the practice feels right.
Dr. Barry Brooks, DDS, graduated from Winthrop High School class of 1948 and spent his life in Winthrop.
â€œMy father played cards every week with two dentists,â€ he explained. â€œAnd when they were over at the house they would always convince me to go into dentistry. They told me I be my own boss, Iâ€™d make a decent living.â€
Dr. Barry Brooks, 85 years old, started his practice in 1959 in Winthrop. He graduated fromÂ LoyolaÂ Dental School in Chicago in 1957 at the top of his class. Dr. Barry Brooks spent two years in theÂ Army Dental CorpsÂ honing his skills and then began his dental practice. He did his undergraduate studies atÂ Harvard College, Class of 1953.
Years later his son followed and Dr. Howard Brooks, DMD, who graduated in the WHS class of 1977.
After Dr. Howard Brooks, 58 years old, graduated from theÂ University of Massachusetts in AmherstÂ with a bachelorâ€™s degree in 1981, he attendedÂ Boston University School of Graduate DentistryÂ and received his DMD degree in 1987. He is a member of theÂ American Dental Association, theÂ Massachusetts Dental Society, theÂ American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and TheÂ Winthrop Rotary Club; club president 1993.
Dr. Howard Brooks is also known for his visits to school children from kindergarten to fourth grade in the Winthrop School system, educating them on the importance of dental health.
Dr. Stephanie Brooks, DMD, made her decision to go to dental school early. She graduated from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to join both my father and grandfather at Brooks Dental, creating three generations of dentists caring for patients in Winthrop and the surrounding communities,â€ the 26-year-old said, adding that she even dressed up like a dentist for Halloween when she was 11.
Dr. Stephanie Brooks graduated at the top of her class, summa cum laude, and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. She is also a member of the BUGSDM Alumni Board, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Stephanie attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where she received her bachelorâ€™s degree in English Literature. She was a member of the varsity Division III swim team throughout her four years, as well as member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
â€œMy father built up the practice and had a great reputation before I arrived here,â€ said Dr. Howard Brooks. â€œI wanted to make sure the reputation grew and the legacy grew. Weâ€™re a patient driven practice.â€