THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SALUTES A NORTON COUNTY BUSINESS As THE BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT EACH MONTH. THIS MONTH IS DOCTOR LAMONT SHIRK. Dr. Lamont Shirk started practicing in Norton in July of 1985. He purchased the dental practice of Dr. Rex Keener who had practiced dentistry in Norton for 35 years. Dr. Shirk decided he wanted to make dentistry his profession during his senior year of high school. He enjoyed working with his hands and with people; a neighbor who was in dental school at that time also was instrumental in his interest in dentistry. Dr. Shirk graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry in 1984. He then completed a general practice dental residency at the Topeka Veterans Administration Hospital. He entered the residency program due to a desire to acquire more skills before beginning in private practice. Dr. Shirk and his wife, Pam, chose Norton because they were looking for a rural community in which to begin a practice and raise a family. In Norton, they found a strong school system and community support to do both. It has proven to be an outstanding place to raise two sons, Justin and Spencer. Both sons are NCHS graduates who credit the Norton School system as one of the keys to their academic successes. Other reasons why he chose Norton were due to the strength of various economic aspects in this community – the State and Federal employment bases, the strong locally-owned private manufacturing businesses and the progressive medical community. Norton is pro-active in keeping their community vital. Dr. Shirk says it has been rewarding forming long-term relationships with patients and caring for multiple generations of families. It is exciting to incorporate the new techniques and utilize the most recent advances in materials and technologies to better serve our patients’ needs. His advice for other business owners is: Be involved in your community, school, and church. Get to know people on a personal basis and do what you can to support your community. The rewards of doing so are immeasurable. THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS PROUD TO SALUTE DOCTOR LAMONT SHIRK AS THE BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT.