Enterprise dentist is training to conquer Everest

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Feb. 20, 2019 at 9:23 PM CST
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Most people spend their days off shopping, relaxing, or running errands, but when one Enterprise dentist takes off, he goes to new heights.

Dr. Arthur Missirlian is passionate about the work he does on teeth and gums.

He owns Wiregrass Dental in Enterprise, but when he gets some time off - another passion takes over - mountaineering.

"There are things that you see that just can't be explained,” said Missirlian. “The feeling of elation once you're done. You've conquered it. You've overcome the challenges of nature.

Dr. Missirlian just finished conquering mount Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador. It's over 20,000 feet.

"You've planned properly and worn the right clothes and everything is just coming together, it's pretty phenomenal,” said Missirlian.

Because of a trusted climbing partner, he's not done yet.

"He texts me and he says, 'Don't tell anyone, but I'm thinking about going back to Everest,’” said Missirlian. “As crazy as it sounds, Jay and I, when one of us says something crazy, the next guy will say, 'I'm in.' Well, I said, 'I'm in.'"

Trying to summit Everest, almost 30,000 feet above sea level, may sound crazy to many of us, but for this dentist, who has been training for years, he thinks he's ready for it.

"If you make it, you make it,” said Missirlian. “If you don't, you hope you turn around before it's too late."

Even if he doesn't make it to the summit, he says the journey will be more important than the destination.

"I want to be the best version of Art that God intended,” said Missirlian. “If you put that in play, it's the best mountain climber, it's the best dentist. It's the best father. It's about integrity and honesty. It's about taking care of people."

When it comes to taking care of people, Dr. Missirlian goes on mission trips to help train dentists in third world countries, such as Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.