Dr. Joseph Baytosh ’83 has a passion for continuous education and a devotion to giving back to his community. As of recently, he is now serving as the president of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society, a local component of the American Dental Association (ADA) that includes Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.
Baytosh graduated from Hiram College with a degree in chemistry and general science and then graduated from the College of Dentistry at The Ohio State University in 1987.
After completing his residency in 1988, Baytosh began working as an associate with another dentist in Girard, Ohio. He took over the residency a year later and has been at the same location ever since.
Baytosh became involved with the ADA while in dental school, and has been an active member throughout the years.
“I was elected by my peers four years ago. We rotate the presidency based on the three counties that make up our Society. Once elected, you work through the chairs: secretary, vice-president and then president-elect.”
In his profession new techniques, materials and discoveries are constantly being made, which makes continuous education a must.
“Hiram gave me a passion to keep learning and pursuing knowledge that will hopefully make me a better dentist and human being.”
The Society provides four continuing education classes in all facets of dentistry and provides care for under-served populations within its communities. The Society has just created a Dental Clinic that provides services to the working poor. This is just one of the many ways that the Dental Society provides resources and leadership to help member dentists give back.
While at Hiram, Baytosh said he developed a sense of compassion for those less fortunate, and today he continuously makes an effort to give back by participating in a variety of programs for the poor and underserved members in his community. For example, Baytosh took part in the ADA’s national Give Kids A Smile Day, in which millions of dollars of free care was provided to children ages 6-16. At the last event, about 150 children were treated from Trumbull County Head Start Programs.
In addition to his devotion to learning and compassion for others, Baytosh took away an appreciation for the arts and music from Hiram, which brings him joy and helps to balance the stresses from his profession.
“Hiram helped me think outside the box; it sounds like a cliché, but that’s what you get when a chemistry major takes theatre, art appreciation philosophy and a modern author’s literature class.”
To students, his advice is simple: “Take as many classes outside your major as possible, never pass up an opportunity to study abroad, balance work and play, graduate in four years and never let money deter you from getting an education,” he said. “After you graduate, you may have to sacrifice somewhat till you find your dream job. When you do hit it big, don’t forget to pay it forward.”
Another Hiram College alumnus Don Brunetti ’74, was a former president of the society.