THERE are 24 hours in a day and while some of us feel it is never enough, Channon and Lawrence Dental Care dentist Mark Cull makes every minute count.
The dentist juggles his day job with his home life as a proud father of two daughters (Isabelle and Abby) and husband to wife Mary, all the while balancing a rigorous training schedule for his love of triathlon.
And while this would be more than enough for most, Mr Cull finds himself constantly looking for a new challenge.
It was this drive for improvement that led the dentist, 55, to undertake an advanced technique course in implant dentistry.
The Master Clinician Implant Course was based out of Santa Monica in Los Angeles in the United States and participation restricted to candidates with an existing high level of experience.
Mr Cull graduated from the Global Institute for Dental Education course in September last year after a final five-day session in Los Angeles.
Merely completing the course was cause enough for celebration, but the Gympie dentist went one step further.
He was the top-performing Australian in addition to graduating top of the class overall from 105 students.
Fellow dental colleagues enrolled in the course came from China, the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.
Mr Cull attended three four-day sessions in Sydney before the final session in Los Angeles, bringing together all participants.
"It was run as a global school," the dentist said.
"They had classes running simultaneously all over the world before everyone came together for the final lectures, two exams and graduation."
Mr Cull said graduating from the course with such high honours was no easy task.
"It was pretty full on," he said.
"The last two exams were quite hard and were done under pressure.
"It was all done at a higher tier than normal implant courses."
The study was a year in the making, involved a final count of eight exams and two case presentations.
Very little in the United States is done in halves and Mr Cull soaked up the atmosphere of a glitzy Oscars-style graduation ceremony.
Mr Cull's graduation places him in esteemed company and as a member of the graduating alumni he will return yearly to participate in lectures on the latest techniques to keep his knowledge up to date.
"Techniques from two years ago are changing today," he said.
"The field is always changing."
He said the key to his success at juggling a hectic schedule of work, family, sport and study was his "OCD nature".
"I am good at time management," he said.
"I train for triathlons and have to get up early each Wednesday to cycle with a good group here in Gympie, so there are many early starts and late finishes.
"I think also being involved in sport helped as well because of that competitive drive to do better - to better yourself."
Mr Cull's higher qualifications are a boon for Gympie and Channon and Lawrence Dental Care, allowing him to offer implant service that once required patients to travel to the Sunshine Coast.
"The main thing for Gympie is having the expertise here and rolling out more services," he said.
The dentist first obtained his qualification in 1985 and with 30 years' experience in dentistry and a further 13 years in dental implants, Mr Cull is passionate about bringing the very latest world-class techniques to Gympie patients.
"Everything is digital now," he said.
"That's the biggest difference and it is for the better because we can offer predictable outcomes."
It really is something to smile about.
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