The late noted dentist, Dr. Hayward Romer, wanted his legacy in the field of dentistry to continue and to ensure that happens he left instructions for his mentee, Dr. Jillian Storr to take over the practice.
Dr. Romer, who passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, last wish became a reality.
During an interview with Dr. Storr at her practice, Grand Bahama Dentistry, she expressed she felt chosen to hear that those were her mentor’s last thoughts and desires.
Dr. Storr, who studied at the University of Dentistry, Louisville shared, “When I graduated from college, I didn’t have the opportunity to work under Dr. Romer, but what I understood was he became sick.
“When I heard, Dr. Romer wanted me to take over the practice of course, I felt great … I mean I felt chosen and it felt right.
“He told my dad (Mr. Williams) and two of his assistants, one who is now my assistant, he wanted me to take over his practice.
“I did not know, neither his wife, that his desire was for me to take over but we both learned this later on,” said Dr. Storr.
“When I was in high school I mentored under Dr. Romer, so I shadowed him for maybe two summers for two years. Then I went to Dental School and became a dentist.
“I would call Dr. Romer every so often while in college and he would coach me through a lot of things. There were a few points where I did a sabia practice in the States and he would talk to me about it, so he mentored me for a long time.
“One day when I spoke to his wife, Mrs. Ellen, she told me that one night she was sleeping and my name came to her. Mrs. Ellen then said she got up and wrote my name on a piece of paper and she just felt she was led to call me and talk to me the next day,” recalled Dr. Storr.
She noted that after Mrs. Romer learned of her husband’s wishes, she asked her to take over the practice. “She called and asked if I could come home and take over the practice.
“At the time, when she asked, I was still in the States. My family and I were considering coming home. So, everything just fell into place.”
So far, Dr. Storr added, the dental office has been busy since its doors were opened on January 4.
“I was in the States for about 16 years before I decided to come back and live at home again. I wanted to be a dentist since I was in Grade 5, but when I got my braces, I definitely knew I wanted to be a dentist.
“When I left to go off to college, my plan was to head back to Grand Bahama once I was done with my studies. But then I got married … my husband Rory Storr is a professional musician. He felt a spiritual calling to remain in the States for a while. Seeing that he had so many opportunities to play in different states and countries, we stayed in the U.S.,” continued Storr.
“Seeing that we have three children – seven, three and one – we want them to grow up in the Bahamian culture. The educational system in The Bahamas is very strict and they value manners and respect, so I wanted my children to be brought up with those morals. We changed our diet, so we were very health conscience. In the States everything is fast-paced and about money.
“We just want to love and live life, and there is no better place than in The Bahamas,” added the young dentist, noting that she loves Bahamian food and everyone is very authentic.
“Of course, there is family that brought me back as well,” added Dr. Storr, “but the music, the beaches, the weather … just everything.”
Working as a dentist in the States, Dr. Storr said, she learned skills which she is now implanting in her own practice.
“Working in the States, I had the opportunity to do a lot of the cutting-edge technology and so my favorite thing to do is crown and bridge.
“Like caps on your teeth, you have traditionally, you would have to cut on the tooth and take an impression, send it to the lab and have the lab make it. But now we have a machine where we can do 3-D imaging. So, you would put a camera in the mouth and it images the tooth, and it shows up on a computer.
“On the computer, you could actually design it in front of the patients and then you send it to a milling unit and it makes the crown within 10 minutes. Then you take it out and put it in the patient’s mouth.
“If I wake up in the morning and I don’t feel like doing anything or I feel stressed out, by the end of the day I feel gratified,” Dr. Storr disclosed.
“This profession is something I always wanted to do since I can remember and I have patients every day thanking me, so it makes me feel good.
“To get to this point in your career is not easy and it is not easy for anyone. So, when you feel like life is too hard for you and you want to give up, remember that most people around you are going through the exact same thing.
“Don’t feel alone it is not meant to be easy, but you get through it. The time goes by fast and you will be so happy in the end, just stick to it,” encouraged Storr.
Speaking with Mrs. Romer on January 31, she confirmed that her late husband’s dream came true.
“When Dr. Romer passed away, May 30, 2017, we knew we had to make some decisions relative to the future of his practice.
“To Dr. Romer, his work was not just work; it was his ministry. All of his patients he felt and he believed, they were all persons that God placed in his life for a specific purpose.
“He was more than a dentist, he was for many of them, a confidante and a friend. He was in the profession for not only the monetary gain, but for the holistic welfare of his patients,” said Mrs. Romer.
“This is the kind of person that Dr. Romer would have wanted in his clinic,” she said of Dr. Storr. “I was told after his passing that Dr. Romer had said that whenever he retired, he wanted Dr. Storr to be the one to carry on his practice.
“He had no idea at the time, that his wish would be realized as a consequence of his passing. Dr. Storr is carrying on his legacy, albeit now through her own practice and this it is something that I know Dr. Romer would be very pleased about.
“We had to decide whether to close the practice or have someone come in and keep the practice going. We decided on the latter. After some time, Dr. Storr expressed an interest in working at the clinic, and we welcomed her since we knew of her affiliation with Dr. Romer. As a dental student, during her breaks, Dr. Storr shadowed Dr. Romer and he always spoke very, very highly of her.
“I am certain that Dr. Romer would be pleased that Dr. Storr is now the person seeing his patients. He would have wanted someone to care for them, someone who held the same ethical, moral and spiritual ideals. He would want to know that his patients were well taken care of,” she added.
“Dr. Storr’s gentle, caring, genuine concern for the welfare of her patients coupled with her interest in ensuring that they are given the highest quality of treatment are the same traits exhibited by Dr. Romer, so the transition from Dr. Romer to Dr. Storr, for those who choose to use her services should be a smooth one.
“I congratulate Dr. Storr on the opening of her practice and wish her every blessing.”