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Portrait of a Professional

Dr. Sparks and his four children
JP: How did you choose your practice location?
RS: While practicing in Phoenix, I was a member
of the Arizona Orthodontic Study Group, one
of the oldest study groups in the United States.
Members such as Drs. Bob Payne [past president
of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)],
Ted Tweed, Eldon Bills, Bill Gaylord [past president
of the American Association of Orthodontists
(AAO)], Bruce Goldstein (president of the College
of Diplomates of the ABO), Cliff Running (craniofacial educator), Paul Serrano, Matt O. Hanhila,
Tom Mulligan, and Seuss Kassisieh, to mention a
few, were very helpful comrades in diagnosis and
treatment planning difficult cases and keeping
current in orthodontics. To continue my interest
in business and finance, I have been a member
of the Executive Association of Greater Phoenix
for more than 40 years. I was on the Board of
Directors and president in 1982. This organization
is a group of very diverse business people who

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share information concerning the business and
management of their companies. EAGP, as it is
known, has been invaluable to my business interests outside of orthodontics.
JP: Tell me about your family; how did you meet
your spouse?
RS: I met my children's mother while on leave
from the United States Air Force in 1959. Before
dental school, we had two sons, Richard and David, followed by two daughters, Daryl and Laurel,
after orthodontic residency.
While they were growing up, the two sons and I
were active in Little League while our daughters
were being chauffeured by their mother to dance
classes and softball. We all skied and fished in the
White Mountains of Arizona and spent 14 years
together on the beaches of San Diego, escaping
the summer heat. As happens too often these

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