Dr. Lippard (affectionately known as “Dr. Hal” by many of his patients) has been practicing here in Charlottesville for decades now, helping an incredible number of kind, talented, and generous people achieve healthier, happier smiles. In fact, several of the specialists he refers to have remarked about what delightful patients he has, which is both a blessing and a compliment! He’s even had the joy of seeing many of them from their early childhood years all the way up to marriage, careers, and even having children of their very own. He never gets tired of hearing their personal stories, laughing, crying, and rejoicing with them as they navigate life’s crazy path.
If you’re searching for a new dental practice to call home, Dr. Lippard would love to welcome you in and help you feel at ease from the very first appointment. Interested in learning more about him? Just keep reading below.
As a young child, Dr. Lippard’s first dental experience was traveling to his mom’s younger brother’s practice in Georgia for his very first filling and cleaning. Later on, one of his dad’s good friends became the family’s dedicated dentist. During both of those first appointments, he felt a great amount of trust and very little fear; more than anything, he admired both dentists a lot. Additionally, while he was still in elementary school, he witnessed the transformation of a friend’s smile and self-image following orthodontic treatment, which was amazing to him!
Once he reached high school, Dr. Lippard had developed a strong interest in the healthcare field. He considered a career in medicine but honestly preferred the idea of caring for people in a more controlled, intimate setting. Drawing on his favorable experiences with dentistry in the past, he decided to start college with the eventual goal of becoming a dentist – and all these years later, he’s never regretted that decision for a second! Funny enough, as of 2003, his great uncle, his uncle, his nephew, AND his son-in-law have all become (or have been) dentists, so it must run (diagonally) in the family.
Dr. Lippard’s college career started out at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he completed a degree in biology. He then pursued his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis; this is also where he was awarded the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship. Following dental school, he spent four years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and had an informal general dentistry residency at Lyster Army Hospital at Ft. Rucker, AL, studying prosthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, and oral surgery.
For the rest of Dr. Lippard’s service, he had a three-year role as a general dentist. After establishing his private practice in Charlottesville, he continued on the U.S. Army Reserves, serving monthly with the 2290th Hospital Group at Water Reed Army Hospital in Washington. During these years, he received multiple continuing education courses at Walter Reed, NIH, Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and various civilian dental CE meetings.
After retiring from the USAR, Dr. Lippard has continued pursuing advanced training through the University of North Carolina’s Summer Review each June and has remained very active in the quarterly meetings of The Charlottesville-Albemarle Dental Society. He also enjoys giving back to his community and has worked with the Charlottesville Free Clinic, the Children’s Community Dental Center, and the UVA Pre-Dental Shadowing Program.