H. Cyrus Oates, DDS
Meet Dr. Oates
On Being a Dentist
Providing services to others is what drives me. Seeing the results of my efforts, and the change of attitude toward dentistry in my patients excites me. I chose the healthcare field to follow in the footsteps of other family members, who I saw making a difference in the communities they serve, and I wanted to provide a service that was greatly needed.
This profession has allowed me to develop great relationships with the people who come to me for care. While dentistry is an always-changing field, with new techniques and technology, it’s the rapport I have with my patients that keeps me most motivated. I look forward to each person’s visit as a time to hear the latest news about their life.
I am energized when I provide painless care to a patient with dental anxiety. Seeing individuals change from apprehensive to looking forward to their visits is rewarding. I am particularly honored to be caring for multiple generations within several families: the fact that they all come to me for their dental needs is truly humbling.
My Education and Continuing Education
- University of Illinois, Chicago Circle Campus
- Howard University College of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery
Since oral healthcare is a constantly changing field, and because my patients rely on me to provide them with a wide range of quality dental services and treatments, I avidly pursue continuing education. By attending national, regional, and local meetings, conferences, and lectures, I learn about the newest technologies and different care techniques. I also participate in the United Study Group, which allows me to learn with and from my peers.
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- National Dental Association
- Winnebago County Dental Society
In the Community
Being active in the community is important, because there are so many ways to touch lives positively and be a supportive, encouraging role model to others. I’m on the board of directors for Milestone, Inc. for developmental disabilities, I serve on the Rockford Public School District 205 Superintendent’s Think Tank, and a member of Rockford Regional Health Council. I’m also part of the University of Illinois College of Medicine staff and advisory board.
I’m a Chicago native, but Rockford’s been my home for more than 30 years. My life is shared with Deborah, my wife, and three children: Angela, Alex, and Allison. When I’m not caring for my patients, being with loved ones and friends is important to me. I also enjoy staying active, whether that’s cross training, golfing, or skiing.