Meet Your Spring Hill Dentist
Keith Chapman, DDS
a family of medical professionals
Dr. Chapman was familiar with the medical world since he was very young. His father was an OBGYN doctor, however, Keith wasn’t always interested in pursuing dentistry. Initially a math and science guy, he became interested in dentistry during his orientation at Texas A&M University at San Antonio. He was surprised by the potential state the country could be in without enough dentists by the turn of the century. It was that moment that he found himself in the medical field like his father.
Eventually, he visited his father’s cousin who lived and worked in Memphis as a dentist. With his connections, Dr. Chapman was able to find a job just outside of Nashville, which brought him to Family Dental Associates.
how mission work shaped his dental education
After Dr. Chapman graduated from Texas A&M and earned his dental degree from UT Health at San Antonio, he continued his education at the Zimmer Institute. There, he was trained on the use of placing implants and practiced intensive surgical training under an oral surgeon. Even after gaining this valuable knowledge, Dr. Chapman couldn’t have prepared himself for what was to come during his mission trips overseas.
For 8 years, Dr. Chapman provided dental care and extractions to hundreds of patients through his work with Mercy Ships, an organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to developing nations around the world. Dr. Chapman’s mission brought him to Liberia, a small country off the coast of West Africa.
Even the most advanced academic training couldn’t compare to the reality that Liberia was facing. Mercy Ships operates on the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, which Dr. Chapman spent four years treating patients on. After a coworker established a permanent clinic on the coast, known today as the Trinity Dental Clinic, he spent the next four years providing care to people inland. Today, it has a recovery room and hospital, so the people of Liberia can get the dental care they need.
how dr. chapman met samuel and steven
During his mission trip, Dr. Chapman adopted two children and brought them back to Nashville. Samuel, aged 13, and Steven, aged 10, are very happy to be part of the family and join his wife and two daughters who are 19 and 17 years old.
When he’s not practicing dentistry, Dr. Chapman is listening to music, playing guitar, and writing his own songs that he performs at his local church. By living so close to Nashville, he gets the unique opportunity to play with some of the best musicians in the country, some of which are his musical heroes. Giving back to the community has always been very important to him, so it felt natural to perform for his church and alongside his fellow parishioners.