The Q&A - What fear has Dr. DANIEL?LUNDQUIST avoiding small tubes and sharks?

Dan Lundquist

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Harrison Ford. He’s kind of a cool guy. The persona that he portrays in most of the parts that he does, I admire the characters he portrays. They have good qualities; they’re kind of a little bit rebellious.

What is your greatest fear?

Getting eaten by a shark, because I go surfing, you know. Actually, my real greatest fear is getting stuck in a little tube. Say if you’re going in a tube underneath the road for water drainage, if I was crawling through it and got stuck, because I’m very claustrophobic. Something just big enough for your body to fit but you get stuck halfway and can’t get out — that would be the worst.

The one place of mine that is always messy is ...

My car.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Wow. If I have unlimited funds? It would be hard to live in one spot entirely. There’s one I’m thinking of, but I haven’t been there yet. I think everyone would say Hawaii, but I’m going to say Costa Rica. If I had unlimited funds, I could go there and see it, maybe not live there forever. Because it’s kind of a nice Central American country as far as stability, and not as loud and crazy as Nicaragua used to be.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

That’s a real profound question because you could look back and say, “Well if I didn’t do this and this, would this have happened? Or if I did this and this, would this not have happened?” I guess I would have like to have studied harder in high school and took it more serious, and when I first went into college I would have focused more earlier on and not take so long to get done.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife.

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would they be?

Well, maybe I should just stick with Harrison Ford.

What’s the last book you read?

I do audio books more, since I’m too lazy to read. I’m driving and I’ll listen. So if I have to drive for an hour or two, I’ll have something to listen to. The last one was “The Biology of Belief.” It’s really kind of cool. It’s actually so deep it’s kind of hard to narrow down. It’s like a three-disc set, it’s virtually three hours worth. It’s about looking at things from the genetic level, that people aren’t just controlled by their genes, and the fact is that DNA and genetics isn’t primarily in control of our lives. In fact there’s another genome that controls the genetic material, the DNA, the proteins. But basically, proteins are the components of life that life is made from. Without proteins and movement, you don’t have life. And the things that cause the proteins to move are signals that they get — from chemicals, food, hormones and also electrical impulses. And they’re finding fats have an impact, as signals of course, on your body and cells. It gets even into people and the way that they function in their daily lives. Ninety-eight percent of the things that you do in your day while you are awake are done subconsciously.

Where is the weirdest place you’ve fallen asleep?

The weirdest place I fell asleep was beside some train tracks. I was traveling in Australia and I got dropped off somewhere near this town and it was getting dark, and I was just hitchhiking. And there was kind of a little park area and a railroad track that went over the river was right by this park area. And I pitched a tent, there were houses by the park, so it was a neighborhood. The train went by and I could have sworn it was going to run right over me. This was a long time ago though, I was like 19.

What’s the worst pickup line you’ve ever heard?

“Are you from these parts? Or how about “Is that your kid?”

Originally from British Columbia, Daniel Lundquist lived in several areas of Canada while growing up. He attended college in Victoria, B.C., and later went to dental school in Indianapolis, Ind. He had his own dental practice in Vancouver, Wash., for 11 years before taking over Design Dental in Ilwaco in 2008. In his free time, Daniel likes to surf and spend time with his wife, Daliah, and their three sons.

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