There is something special about a man who can hang a myriad of certificates and degrees on his office walls, but who will honestly tell you the most important accomplishment in his life is his 31 year marriage to his beautiful wife Amy, and their joint venture in parenting. In fact, even though he is extraordinarily friendly, one is hard pressed to get Dr. Dave Backus to talk about himself at all. Make no mistake about it, the man’s credentials are vast. Yet to Dr. Backus every single one was achieved only as a means to bring comfort to others, not for self promotion.
From St. Louis to Alaska
Born in St Louis in 1959, Dave and his family moved to Toledo when he was a kid. Dave’s dad is a retired dentist and his mom worked as a primary school teacher. Dave received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Toledo. He always planned to become a dentist, but explored as many areas of interest as he could along the way. Dr. Backus attended dental school at The Ohio State University. It was during these college years Dave met Amy and they married in 1983. From 1986 to 1993 Dave and Amy lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, while Dave served in the Air Force. After their son Andy was born in 1990, Dave and Amy realized they wanted him to grow up around family and so decided to move back home to Toledo.
To describe Dr. Dave Backus as a Renaissance Man is an understatement. Professionally the man is a registered pharmacist, a practicing dentist, and if that wasn’t enough, he went back to school at the age of 50 to become a dentist anesthesiologist. Because Dave truly enjoys making people comfortable, becoming an anesthesiologist was the next natural step in his career. But because family is so important to him, Dave waited to pursue his last degree until he and Amy felt their son was well on his way to independence.
“I practice dentistry, but it’s not who I am”
With all that he has accomplished in his career, it might surprise you to hear that Dr. Dave Backus leads a very full life away from the office as well. In his own words, “I practice dentistry, but it’s not who I am.” Dave loves the outdoors. When he’s not camping, hiking, bicycling, gardening, or motorcycling, you might find him flying real airplanes or model helicopters. He also spends a lot of time with his wife, family, and friends. And it probably won’t surprise you to learn that this indefatigable man also plays hockey three times a week.
Dentist Anesthesiologist Dr. Dave Backus
Dr. Backus met Dr. Caputo in January 2011 during his residency. While Dr Backus has both his own general dental and anesthesiology practice in Toledo, he travels to Arizona every 4 to 6 weeks to work with Dr. Caputo at Southwest Dental Anesthesiology Services. When asked why he makes this 2000 mile trip each month or so, Dr. Backus says he really enjoys the nice and generous people of Tucson. Initially he was drawn to Tucson because of Anthony Caputo and to have the opportunity to work in the practice Anthony had built. His admiration and respect for Anthony runs deep. But in the end, it is also another opportunity to serve, help, and work with people, which is the driving force behind almost everything Dr. Dave Backus does.
1983 | University of Toledo | Toledo, Ohio
B.S. | Pharmacy | earned degree
1986 | The Ohio State University
Doctor of Dental Surgery | earned degree
1986-1990 | The United States Air Force | Dental Corps
Eielson Air Force Base
1991-1993 | The United States Public Health Service
1993-current | Private Practice General Dentistry with Anesthesia Services
David R. Backus DDS Inc.
Great Lakes Anesthesia for Dentistry
2011 | Lutheran Medical Center | Brooklyn New York
Residency Certificate in Advanced Specialty Education in Dental Anesthesiology
Board Eligible in Anesthesia
Member | American Dental Association
American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists
Ohio Dental Association
Toledo Dental Society
Licensure | Registered Pharmacist- Ohio
Licensed Dentist | Ohio
Licensed Dentist | Arizona
Basic Life Support
Advanced cardiac life support
Pediatric advanced life support
State of Ohio Anesthesia Examiner for Dentistry
El Rio Southwest Dental Clinic
Staff Dentist Anesthesiologist
University of Toledo/Medical College of Ohio
Department of General Practice Residency Toledo, Ohio
Staff Dentist Anesthesiologist