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Making an Impact

Dr. Christopher Fall ’06 – Dentist – Lieutenant US Navy

Christopher Fall, Ridgewater Class of ’06, is a dentist serving as a Lieutenant in the US Navy.

 “I chose Ridgewater initially because of the cost, location, and the ability to take general classes due to my uncertainty of career aspirations.  After the first semester, I realized my passion for science. Ridgewater College was a critical stepping stone in my career path and I am forever grateful for attending the college.” – Christopher

At Ridgewater: 2003 – 2006 – Liberal Arts

Christopher left Ridgewater College without a degree after completing necessary general credits, but only after doing thorough research on NDSU and looking at what classes would transfer to help him achieve the BS degree that was his ultimate goal.

 “My best memory at Ridgewater College was receiving the Chemistry & Physics Excellence Award in April 2006. It was presented 
to me by John Benson, one of my instructors at Ridgewater College.”

After Ridgewater: 2006-2012

2006 – 2008 Christopher transferred to North Dakota State University. At NDSU he earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Zoology III (Biomedical Science) with a minor in Chemistry and graduated Summa cum Laude.

2008 – 2012 Christopher attended Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating Magna cum Laude.
2012 – Christopher attended ODS (Officer Development School) – for Navy discipline, training and preparation of officers.

Career Path: 2012 - current

May 2013 to current - Department Head of BISOG General Dentistry - Responsible for all general dentists' scheduling, rotations, and training of credentialing lieutenant dentists attached with the blue in support of green unit.

May 2013 to current – Watchbill Coordinator – Schedule and prepare credentialing lieutenants regarding after-hours emergency care and treatment protocols.
June 2012 to current – United States Naval General Dentist – Marine Corp Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC – Evaluate current health and condition of patient’s teeth to determine diagnosis of dental condition, if any.
December 2012 to Current – Dental Training Officer – Responsible for coordinating all dental CE at MCD PI.

Currently stationed at – MCRD PI, in Beaufort, South Carolina, a marine recruit depot. The Marines do not have medical and dental officers, and are supported entirely by the Navy. Assigned to the BISOG (Blue in Support of Green). The mission is to complete all dental treatment needed by the thousands of Marine recruits who go through boot camp each year.

Currently in the second year of obligation with the Navy. After the four-year commitment, Christopher plans on undergoing a voluntary separation with the US Navy.  He plans on entering the private sector of dentistry and looks forward to getting to know patients on a personal level.


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