Gary Walker, DDS
Improving Oral Health and Changing Lives, One Person at a Time
My profession means everything to me, and I feel blessed to be where I am today. Being a dentist gives me purpose and allows me to help others lead pain-free, happy, and healthy lives.
I had an interesting experience a few years back when I was diagnosed with cancer, and because of an unpredictable future I retired from dentistry. However, through the grace of God, I am five years in remission and healthier than ever.
This leave of absence from dentistry taught me much about myself. My love of my profession gives me great purpose in my life, and over the years I have found that the most rewarding part of dentistry is the relationships that grow with my patients.
My philosophy in treating dental patients is to treat each and every patient as if they were a member of my family. (“What would I do to that tooth if this were my mother’s?”) In fact, my patients are like family to me and I truly value the friendships we have built.
Dentistry is full of challenges, but I thrive on those. Every procedure is a wonderful opportunity to meet and care for unique dental needs, and in doing so, change that life for the better.
One of the most incredible things about my profession is the rapid change in science and technology. Through a wide variety of continuing education, I am able to stay abreast of these developments and evaluate their respective strengths and weaknesses. This ongoing training ensures I offer patients the best care and treatment options.
In addition to attending local, regional, and national dental meetings, I also read relevant periodicals and journals, and participate in lectures and seminars.
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Northern California Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Academy of Laser Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Western Society of Periodontology
Beyond the Practice
I was raised in the Northern California area and have called Chico my home for more than 30 years. My wife Kathy and I have been married for three decades and have two children, both of whom live and work in Chico. I am proud to have our daughter, Katie, as a part of our dental team: She is one of our hygienists here at Forest Avenue Dental.
I love to play as much as I love creating healthy beautiful smiles. When I am not working, I am usually found with my family and friends. We spend a lot of time at Lake Almanor. When not at the lake, I’m frequently on the golf course or fly fishing on one of our many Northern California streams. We also enjoy family trips snow skiing at one of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts.