This week we are joined by an accomplished dentist and father of Teen Mom star Chelsea Houska, Dr. Randy ‘PapaRandilicious’ Houska! Stay tuned for his extra special and heart-rending Tooth or Dare at the end of the episode.
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A self-described Farm Boy, Randy Houska never had dreams of being a dentist. Growing up in the small town of Mitchell, South Dakota (home of the world’s only corn palace!), Dr. Houska knew he wanted to leave farm life behind and found his way into dental school at the University of Nebraska.
Randy tells the saga of Chelsea’s pregnancy at 16 and her subsequent journey into filming MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and then “Teen Mom.” emotional growth that came from the show. He talks about the difficulty of being online as an MTV celebrity and swears that, of all social media, Reddit is by far the worst.
Dr. Houska shares information about his work with Implant Pathway and The New Horizon Dental Clinic in Tempe, Arizona where low-income families can receive high-quality healthcare at the lowest possible cost and new dentists can practice dental surgery.
As an MTV star, a father, and a widely experienced dentist, Randy Houska and answers our burning questions:
- Is Teen Mom scripted?
- What advice would you give to a teenage mom?
- As a dentist, how do you approach a patient you suspect might be experiencing abuse at home?
- Do dads roll into your DM's?
- Who's your favourite Canadian?
“You’ve gotta love yourself before you go lookin’ for another man”
Dr. Randy Houska was raised in Mitchell, SD on a small farm and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology at the University of South Dakota. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry in 1989. His post-graduate plans took him to Vermillion, SD, where he has had a private practice since then. After 25 years of private practice, he found a new love of dentistry focusing on implant dentistry. He can be found several times per year at implant focused on continuing education events.
Professional organizations that he is a member of include: American Dental Association, South Dakota Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Houska and his wife, Rita, have six children and several grandchildren. His passion is staying state of the art in dentistry and enjoying family time, boating, golfing, and he spent several years coaching his daughters’ softball teams. Don’t be surprised if you see him enjoying the wind in his face on his Harley Davidson also.
Dr. Houska and his wife are also avid Cornhusker and University of South Dakota Coyote fans and attend their games as much as possible. He is actively involved in the community. He has recently served as a board member on the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company and has been past president of Rotary, United Way of Vermillion, Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes School Board and has been on numerous local committees.
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