In addition, Dr. Gatgens is very involved with Smile Source, a dental group that helps independent dentists to ensure their viability with the ever changing corporate dental groups. Smile Source dentists are committed to education and delivering the highest quality dental care to their patients. He helps mentor other dentists so they can reach their potential and have practices that are helping many patients achieve their oral health goals.
Helping others through charity organizations and volunteering are an important value both Dr. Gatgens and his wife Erin believe. In October 2014 they went on a medical mission trip to the countries of Kenya and Tanzania Africa where they helped others receive medical and dental care while also spreading God’s love to the tribal people. “It is an amazing thing to get to experience other cultures and truly see how appreciative people are for very little they have. It is a very humbling experience and I feel blessed to use my talents to give back.”Click to view photos from their trip.
When Dr. Gatgens is not in the office, he enjoys outdoor activities such as water and snow skiing, biking, running, swimming, hiking and camping and spending time with his wife and daughter. Traveling to continuing education meetings takes the majority of his vacation time but he also enjoys time to see different places around the country and world.
Dr. Gatgens and his family are also avid Tennessee Sports fans. You can usually find them watching, if not attending, games for the Tennessee Vols, Nashville Predators and the Tennessee Titans.